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.
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.