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The Ocotillo Wind Farm Keeps limping On

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Ocotillo Wind Farm keeps limping on. According to a recent article in East County Magazine, the site was producing just under 18% of capacity during the first quarter of 2014. As that was the windy season, it seems unlikely that Ocotillo will beat the slightly less than 16% average they set for the first for year of operation (2013). Then there is what the Bureau of Land Management keeps refering to as “general maintenance.”
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The Wind Turbines worked at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe wind turbines at Ocotillo, in Imperial count California,  were spinning for at least part of  Monday. That isn’t news, as they operate at least 15% of the time, but look at the dust in the video below. This project “went online” over 16 months ago and Ocotillo is still being hit by dust storms whenever there is a decent “blow.”
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Watching Wind Energy Work in Denmark

By Roy L Hales

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As Carsten Vittrup, of Energnet DK,  said, “no other countries have as large a wind power capacity in proportion to the size of the electricity consumption, as we do in Denmark.” Or to paraphrase Jack Nicholsen, “this is as good as it gets.” If you want to know how well wind technology works, look at Denmark.

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Ocotillo Wind Project Back Online – Sort Of

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Around fifty days since turbine 156 threw a blade: the Ocotillo Wind project is starting to go back online. This has prompted a very revealing article in the Imperial Valley Press and a resumption of the videos documenting this controversial site’s problems on Youtube.

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Ocotillo Wind farm: Four months and still VERY little Wind

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Four Months after supposedly going “online,” there seems to be very little probability  Ocotillo Wind Farm will ever live up to its promise of carrying “1,000 MW of additional power into San Diego, or enough energy to serve 650,000 homes.”
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After 3 months: still very little wind for Ocotillo Wind Project

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Three months have passed since the controversial Ocotillo Wind Farm project went online. The residents of Ocotillo have complained about the intrusion of these giant turbines into their communities, the noise (when the turbines actually spin) and the lights at night. The Quechan Indians have sued because of the “alleged” violation of  their ancestral homeland and the Desert Protective Council has sued to protect raptors from the deadly turbine blades. All seemingly in vain.

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Address Sustainable Technologies problems Before it is Too Late!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A new report from Clean Technica.com once again underlines the necessity for firm oversight of renewable technologies. The author cites a study from South Dakota State University, documenting the rapid destruction of grasslands in America’s Western Corn Belt as farmers utilize this land to grow corn and soy for ethanol.
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Another day at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Jim Pelley lives in Octotillo, a community of 500 that is now dominated by the Ocotillo Wind farm.  As you can see from the photo above, the lights project shine through-out the night. Pelley can see them from his home.
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