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The Wind Turbines worked at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

The 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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Transmission Grid Loss

By Roy L Hales

The world’s transmission lines are believed to have dropped approximately 1.4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity last year. That’s around 1.2 trillion metric tons of CO2 dumped into the atmosphere. Though it is unlikely these loses can be eliminated in the near future, there are ways to reduce them.
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Yolo County Shows the Way to Being Grid Positive

By Roy L Hales

Yolo is the only grid positive county government in the United States. They do not have an electric bill. Pacific Gas and Electric will have to pay Yolo around $500,000 a year for the surplus electricity it feeds the grid! Now Terry Vernon, deputy director of Yolo County General Services, wants to improve on that. He would like to add another renewable energy project that would boost the county’s revenues by another $5 million a year.
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Los Angeles’ Solar Promise

Los Angeles’ Solar Promise: A new Report Shows how to Harness LA’s FIT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity

By Roy L Hales

Los Angeles has the potential to become the largest per capita provider of rooftop solar in California. Over 40% of the areas where solar could be installed are also in need of significant socioeconomic and environmental investment. A new report from the LABC Institute discusses how this can be done.
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Will the San Onofre Settlement Give Too much to Utilities?

By Roy L Hales

Ray Lutz, National Coordinator for Citizens Oversight, claims that Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric dictated the terms of the proposed settlement for San Onofre, intending to bill ratepayers with a $2.8 bill that is not about replacement power. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will not decide if it goes forward prior to a hearing to be held on, or around, May 13.
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