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Watching Wind Energy Work in Denmark

By Roy L Hales

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As Carsten Vittrup, of Energnet DK,  said, “no other countries have as large a wind power capacity in proportion to the size of the electricity consumption, as we do in Denmark.” Or to paraphrase Jack Nicholsen, “this is as good as it gets.” If you want to know how well wind technology works, look at Denmark.

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San Diego Homeowner Grills Soitec over Omissions from Solar Project’s Water estimate

This story is part of a joint investigation with East County Magazine

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMYesterday, we reported how three authorities state Soitec’s consultant is wrong, Boulevard does not possess enough water for their proposed solar project.  Now a video from the February 6  community meeting, at Boulevard, reveals that Soitec’s consultant, Dudek, recently underestimated the amount of water needed at SDG&E recent ECO substation project by  more than three times what would be the final total. (The original estimate was 30 million gallons and the actual amount was closer to 100 million gallons.) Dudek is also alleged to have seriously underestimated the amount of water needed for the  Ocotillo Wind Project . If this is true, how can  we assume that Dudek’s estimates for the Boulevard project are correct?
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More Questions About SDG&E Hauling Water To East County

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As SDG&E’s continues to haul water from San Carlos to the East County Substation (ECO) Project, some are questioning:

  • Why are they taking water from a residential area like San Carlos?
  • Why they are using potable water, when recycled water is only a fraction of the cost?

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Response To Supervisor Dave Roberts

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I disagree with one of the statements County Supervisor Dave Roberts made in his recent editorial. I do not think the County Board of Supervisors is as powerless, in regard to the final decision about wind farms going onto the Federal and tribal lands in East County, as he seems to think. I suspect that, if they were willing, the Board could bring a lot of assistance to the East County residents fighting to preserve their quality of life.
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