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Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s

By Roy L Hales

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.

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Is San Diego Proceeding With A Flawed Renewable Energy Plan?

By Roy L Hales

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.”
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Should We Be Concerned About San Diego’s Comprehensive Renewable Plan?

By Roy L Hales

The first item, at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, will be for the  County’s Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that more wind and solar projects will be installed “adjacent to homes or highly fire-prone, biologically, environmentally, and culturally sensitive backcountry communities, recreation areas, and wild lands.”
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English Communities Get To Veto Renewable Projects

By Roy L Hales

San Diego’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) appears to be behind the times. The world is starting to demand a more responsible approach to developing renewable technologies. The vast majority of renewable projects in America and the UK are owned by large corporations, who receive vast fiefs of land from the Government. Now, bowing to public opposition, the UK has now given local communities the right to veto industrial scale wind and solar projects going into their neighbourhoods. Continue reading English Communities Get To Veto Renewable Projects

San Diego Supervisors Sued Over Wind Ordinance Amendment

By Roy L Hales

The County’s Board of Supervisors are being sued for approving their  Wind Energy Ordinance & Plan Amendment last Month. The  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) complaint was filed last week by Stephan C. Volker, of Volker Law, on behalf of two rural East County grassroots non-profit groups: Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) & Backcountry against Dumps (BAD).
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