Tag Archives: California Windfarms

Revisiting Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

The Ocotillo wind farm went online almost five years ago. Were they not documented in such meticulous detail, some of the  reports coming from the tiny desert community this project surrounds would be difficult to believe.  I once received a constant stream of YouTube videos and reports. It was one of the sites that shaped my perception of the energy sector.  To some extent, I’ve moved on from this story, but I always knew I would be revisiting Ocotillo.
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Living With A Trump Presidency

By Roy L Hales

The American people have spoken. Donald Trump is not Dr Allan Hoffman’s choice for President. While it is still possible that Trump will be more reasonable than his pre-election rhetoric suggests, this is unlikely. Hoffman described Trump as a demagogue who appears to be a climate denier, whose statements about energy were “uninformed, ignorant and terrible.” Never-the-less, he has been elected and, for the next four years, “the American public is going to have to live with that.” Hoffman spoke about the realities of living with a Trump presidency.

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Preparing Renewable Sites For El Nino

By Roy L Hales

The last four years of drought have left many Californian renewable site unprepared for the return of wet weather. Dry lake beds, which can be vulnerable to flooding once the rains come, are often used for renewable sites. Wind turbines are built into terraces on mountain passes, that are vulnerable to erosion. According to Harvey Stephens, Vice President of Operations at World Wind & Solar, there are ways of preparing renewable sites for El Nino and other weather events.

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What is Canada Missing?

By Roy L Hales

Canada will not meet its emissions targets for 2020. There has been improvements since 2005, but the oil sector is expected to produce 28% more emissions by the end of this decade. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would like to regulate the oil sands, but that “would be crazy” in light of economic developments. Despite the global trend towards adopting renewable energy and smart technologies, the Canadian government continued to tie this nation’s economic future  to the fossil fuel industry. So what is Canada missing?

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California: Are the Windfarms at San Gorgonio Pass “Green”?

Inspired by the Video “Wind Mill Disaster” 

By Roy L Hales

The video “Wind Mill Disaster”  is a visual critique of the Windfarms in San Gorgonio Pass, Riverside County. This is one of the windiest places in Southern California and also one of the state’s largest wind sitings. It is not clear whether “NewWiseGuy”  made this video, or just posted it. The addition of Kermit the Frog singing “Its not easy Being Green” softens the harsh impact of scenes reminiscent of a battlefield.
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