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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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A Wind Project without Wind

By Roy L Hales

People have been talking about the Ocotillo Wind Farm’s poor performance almost as long as the project has been online. One of the most devastating critics has been Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley, who documented the scarcity of wind in a long series of videos. The existence of this chronology was revealed when East County Magazine published links to some of the titles between March 5, 2012, and January 23, 2013. Pelley’s videos indicate that this project, in California’s Imperial County, generated little power throughout the year that followed. Documents from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) show he is right.

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The Latest Catastrophe At The Ocotillo Wind Project: White Foam

By Roy L Hales

The latest catastrophe to hit Ocotillo is a white foam, flowing through the waterways, that local resident Jim Pelley says “looks like paint.”
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Wind Turbine Blades Sound Like A Jet Airplane!

By Roy L Hales

There is some debate about the noise from wind turbines. Critics have claimed to hear them as much as five kilometres away. One defender says that if there is a strong breeze blowing, it drowns out the sound after a mile.  This is an issue charged by emotion. In the video below,  Jim Pelley says wind turbine blades sound like a jet airplane!
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Ocotillo Wind Project Back Online – Sort Of

By Roy L Hales

Around fifty days since turbine 156 threw a blade: the Ocotillo Wind project is starting to go back online. This has prompted a very revealing article in the Imperial Valley Press and a resumption of the videos documenting this controversial site’s problems on Youtube.

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