CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 |
A business venture led by a friend and advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outmaneuvered the city last year to buy land in Kern County that the Department of Water and Power wanted for a wind farm. The purchase of Onyx Ranch, which covers nearly 68,000 acres east of Bakersfield, highlights the dual roles played by J. Ari Swiller, an entrepreneur whose field, renewable energy, has received a significant boost from the mayor's pledge to make Los Angeles "the greenest big city in America."
June 14, 2011 |
The wide, green gorge where the majestic Columbia River begins its final push to the sea generates so many stiff breezes that windsurfers from around the world make their way to Hood River, not far from here, to ply their colorful sails atop the churning whitecaps. Lately though, electricity, not recreation, has become the big-ticket wind client in the Columbia Gorge. Wind turbines have sprung up all over the blustery hilltops in eastern Washington and Oregon, an area soon to become home to the largest wind farm in the world, developed for customers of Southern California Edison.
June 6, 2007 |
Forget Chicago. This week, Los Angeles is the Windy City. The wind-power industry's biggest players have blown into L.A.'s downtown convention center, and their mission is not just to celebrate their soaring fortunes amid a nationwide green-energy boom. The wind-energy business in 2006 booked its second year of record growth, and executives are pushing the industry faithful to think bigger. Much bigger.
July 28, 1985 |
People who dream of having a windmill in the backyard grinding out electricity to run the house's lights, vacuum cleaner, TV set and all that, will be interested in knowing about Windpower '85, as will everybody else involved or interested in the growing wind-power industry. The four-day meeting starting Aug. 27 will combine the seventh in the Department of Energy's biennial Wind Workshop series and the 15th National Conference and Expo of the American Wind Energy Assn.
March 8, 2008 |
Southern California Edison said Friday that it was about to begin construction on a desert wind farm that could provide power for upward of 3 million homes by 2013, predicting that it would be the largest wind transmission project in the country. Officials estimate that the Tehachapi Renewal Project will eventually provide 4,500 megawatts of electricity. The project will harness the wind that blows through the Tehachapi Mountains about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1989
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Thursday rejected a plan to build the county's first power-generating wind farm in the hills northeast of Gorman, despite a 68% reduction in the size of the project since it was proposed three years ago. The board, siding with surrounding landowners and environmental groups, concluded that the wind farm would be a blight on the scenic slopes, promote erosion and threaten birds with its whirring blades.
May 11, 2007 |
The United States will boost its wind power capacity this year by about 25%, an industry group said. More than 3,000 megawatts of wind power turbines will be added in the U.S. -- enough to power about 825,000 households, the American Wind Energy Assn. said. In rankings issued last month, the AWEA showed Texas with 2,768 megawatts of wind power by the end of 2006 and California second with 2,361 megawatts.
June 20, 1999 |
The United States would be able to produce 5% of the nation's energy from wind by the year 2020 under a new Energy Department plan, an agency official said. The level at 2010 would be 10,000 megawatts, enough electricity to fulfill the annual needs of 3 million households, the official said. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson will unveil the so-called Wind Powering America initiative Monday at the annual meeting of the American Wind Energy Assn. in Burlington, Vt. He also plans to announce $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2004 |
Alameda County has approved permits for 1,700 wind turbines east of San Francisco, despite opposition from environmentalists who say the energy-producing equipment kills thousands of protected birds. The East Alameda Board of Zoning Adjustments approved the permits Thursday after the energy companies that operate the turbines said efforts were being made to reduce bird deaths in the Altamont Pass, one of California's largest centers of wind energy production.
January 27, 1991 |
On a wind-swept field overlooking the sea, workers are demolishing a huge coal-fired power plant while nearby, four sleek wind turbines harvest energy from the air. It looks like a straightforward transition from the old to the new, but in this traditional coal mining area of southern Wales the reality is not so simple. It is true that coal-fired power plants are being phased out as mines run short of reserves.