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The Ocotillo Wind Farm Keeps limping On

By Roy L Hales

The Ocotillo Wind Farm keeps limping on. According to a recent article in East County Magazine, the site was producing just under 18% of capacity during the first quarter of 2014. As that was the windy season, it seems unlikely that Ocotillo will beat the slightly less than 16% average they set for the first for year of operation (2013). Then there is what the Bureau of Land Management keeps refering to as “general maintenance.”
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The Wind Turbines worked at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

The wind turbines at Ocotillo, in Imperial count California,  were spinning for at least part of  Monday. That isn’t news, as they operate at least 15% of the time, but look at the dust in the video below. This project “went online” over 16 months ago and Ocotillo is still being hit by dust storms whenever there is a decent “blow.”
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Watching Wind Energy Work in Denmark

By Roy L Hales

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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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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Ocotillo Wind farm: Four months and still VERY little Wind

By Roy L Hales

Four Months after supposedly going “online,” there seems to be very little probability  Ocotillo Wind Farm will ever live up to its promise of carrying “1,000 MW of additional power into San Diego, or enough energy to serve 650,000 homes.”
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