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.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob recently stated that “miles and miles of once-pristine landscape” were destroyed when SDG&E built the Sunrise Powerlink, but SDG&E also set up the “Sunrise Preservation project which, they say, ” will protect more than 10 times the space that construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line physically disturbed. A total of 11,000 acres, in parcels stretching out from the Anza-Borrego desert to the peaks of El Capitan, has been set aside as a refuge for critically endangered species like the arroyo toad, peninsular bighorn sheep, Quino checkerspot butterfly and several species of birds. SDG&E’ funded these properties and is in the process of donating them to conservation groups allowing these areas to be forever preserved and actively monitored and managed.” I recently questioned Gina Jacobs of SDG&E about this, these are her answers. Continue reading SDG&E Responds To Questions About Sunrise Powerlink’s Environmental Impact→