The sheer number of wind turbines in Germany is overwhelming! When the clouds open, they are often visible from the windows of a jet entering the country. Though they are primarily a rural phenomenon, there are about 60 turbines in the city of Hamburg. Some of the behemoths in Mecklenbourg-Verpommern have a capacity of 7.5 MW, more than twice the 3 MW found in North America. Yet, speaking as one of a group of journalists touring renewable installations recently, unless you are standing directly underneath a turbine was difficult to pick out the “whoosh” of their whirling blades from other ambient sounds. Germany’s wind industry is an integral part of the nation’s energy revolution, which at least 56% of the respondents to a poll taken in 2013 said was “the right thing to do.” Only 10% were actually opposed. Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s.
San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to take the next step in creating what appears, from the outset, to be a flawed attempt to draw up a comprehensive renewable energy plan. Supervisors have given the County’s Department of Planning & Development Services a budget of up to $300,000 and instructed them to form a Renewable Energy Advisory Committee and thoroughly study solar, wind and other renewable energy technology, trends and issues over the next 14 months. There will be no community representation on Advisory Committee, it will be “made up of renewable energy professionals from the private sector.” Continue reading Is San Diego Proceeding With A Flawed Renewable Energy Plan?→