San Onofre Ratepayers may have to wait until 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) scoping memo, issued Tues. Jan. 28th, raises the question of whether the CPUC should delay any decision on refunding any portion of the rates for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) until 2015. Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) collected more than $500 million before they were stopped. Continue reading San Onofre Ratepayers may have to wait until 2015

Fire Chief warns Industrial scale Renewable Projects in Eastern San Diego County could cause “Catastrophic Fire” (video)

From East County Magazine

Retired California Fire Battalion Chief Mark Ostrander warned of the fire dangers from the proposed wind and solar projects in San Diego’s East County region in a meeting at the Boulevard Fire Station. He says they could cause a catastrophic wildfire that would grow too large to extinguish, since firefighters can’t battle such a blaze under the blades or from the air. Its especially dangerous in this area, where volunteer firefighters were unable to save homes and a life lost in a recent wildfire with only moderate winds What happens when a Santa Ana wind fuels a fire at a wind farm – or three of them, as are planned here in this region already at the highest risk for wildfires?
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Battle lines, against Industrial scale Wind & Solar Projects, drawn in Boulevard

We’re just surrounded by an enormous industrial attack.” — geologist Chris Noland

“The fire risk will increase…Our fire department is just going to have to watch it burn…The bigger the fire, the harder it is to put out.” — retired Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Mark Ostrander

“The utilities have big bucks. They hire the slickest lawyers and liars.” — Sam Milham, M.D., epdemiologist specializing in diseases caused by electricity

“Stand up for your lives and your children’s lives.” — Occupy San Diego representative

From East County Magazine
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The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

By Roy L Hales

The 44-day-long fast of Chief Theresa Spence and elder Raymond Robinson is over. They did not start the “Idle No More” movement, which is so closely associated with their names. It began as a reaction to the Harper Government’s Bills C-38 and C-45 which, according to the Canadian Awareness network, made it easier for the Canadian government to control reserve land and reduce the environmental protection of millions of lakes and rivers. Chief Theresa Spence came to the forefront on December 11, when she pitched a tipi in the nation’s capital. Continue reading The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

Where is the Wind? Video Links Suggest Ocotillo Wind Farm is Underperforming

Originally Published in East County Magazine

Editor’s Note: Miriam Raftery told me that, though she has been out to Ocotillo 15-20 times, she has never seen the wind blowing to any extent. The picture above was taken during the September 29, 2012, memorial for the loss of the desert to the Wind Farm development. A $1 prize was offered to any child who could fly a kite for one minute.  There wasn’t enough wind and no one collected. Listening to her, and watching the videos below, I find myself interpreting the following passage from the  UT San Diego much differently than the writer intended: “On a windy day in early January, three renewable energy projects including Ocotillo accounted for 200 megawatts of capacity on Sunrise line, or about one-fifth of the line’s full capacity,’ said Jim Avery, senior vice president of power supply for SDG&E.”  Assuming there actually was a day that the wind produced the amount of energy Mr Avery claims, is that enough to justify the massive expenditure to build the Ocotillo Wind Farm?  

By Miriam Raftery

January 23, 2013 (Ocotillo) — Videos shot by award winning photojournalist and engineer Jim Pelley suggest that the Ocotillo Wind Express Facility is thus far not living up to projects made by Pattern Energy, which claimed in early December that “with wind forecasts looking favorable” it expected to power 125,000 homes, News 8 reported.

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San Diego Unified School Board passes resolution regarding San Onofre

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The San Diego Unified School Board has passed a resolution calling for an adjudicated license amendment process by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the restart of the defective San Onofre nuclear reactor proposed by Southern California Edison. The resolution was introduced by the Board’s Vice President Kevin Beiser and fellow Board member Richard Barrera and passed by a 4:1 vote. The only dissenting vote was made by a Board member who said there were more significant health and safety issues that impacted district students.
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CA Native Heritage Commission backs Quechan Claim

From East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2013 (Ocotillo ) – The California Native American Heritage Commission (CNAH) has issued a draft report in support of the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians and the Quechan Indian Nation claims that the Bureau of Land Management failed in its duty to protect cultural resources including human remains and sacred sites.  The report details a disturbing pattern by the BLM, Pattern Energy and a project archaeology consultant of ignoring tribal concerns and failing in its duty to protect cultural resources.
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Canada’s road to an 80 per cent carbon reduction

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By Tyler Bryant, Energy Policy Analyst

As a partner in the Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP), the David Suzuki Foundation helped analyze energy scenarios from eight countries that showed how an industrial economy can reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The question is: how will these scenarios apply to Canada?
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