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.
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 23, 1988 |
Windmills are becoming a serious alternative to coal and oil in Europe, scientists say. The amount of electricity generated by high-technology windmills will grow 30 times in Western Europe by the year 2005 as the infant windmill sector grows, said speakers at the European Community Wind Energy Conference in Denmark this month. Dr.
November 5, 1991 |
Pioneered in California, wind-generated electrical power is starting to spread to other sections of the United States that have the potential to harness this most elusive of resources. The Midwest in particular has "massive potential" for making use of the alternative energy resource because of its high winds, said Samuel D. Rashkin, technology transfer manager of the California Energy Commission, who has studied the economic feasibility of wind power in the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Oakland — Scores of protected golden eagles have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines along the ridgelines of the Bay Area's Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, raising troubling questions about the state's push for alternative power sources. The death count, averaging 67 a year for three decades, worries field biologists because the turbines, which have been providing thousands of homes with emissions-free electricity since the 1980s, lie within a region of rolling grasslands and riparian canyons containing one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2004 |
Alameda County has delayed approval of permits for wind turbines at the Altamont Pass after environmentalists sued two major wind energy companies, claiming their turbines were killing thousands of protected birds. The East Alameda County Board of Zoning Adjustments voted Thursday to hold off on making a decision on 15 permits until Jan. 29 to allow the county planning staff to review a lawsuit filed Monday by the Center for Biological Diversity.
August 29, 1999 |
A few hundred yards from the cross tower at the Sacred Heart Monastery, two other towers rise from the rugged ranchland toward the heavens. Their purpose has nothing to do with religion, everything to do with economics. For two years, the two 100-foot-tall wind turbines have been saving money and generating electricity for the monastery's 24 Benedictine sisters. "I love to watch them," said Sister Barbara Ann Schwab.
November 21, 2008 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has invested in a wind energy farm in Texas that will generate enough power to light 15% of its Texas operations. The world's largest retailer said Thursday that the Duke Energy Corp. farm was being built in Notrees, Texas, and was to start production in April. The retailer will purchase electricity directly from Duke's Notrees Windpower Project, Duke said. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discount retailer has 360 stores and other facilities in Texas.
February 9, 2008 |
The line of towering wind turbines stands motionless on the ridgeline above Interstate 70 in central Kansas, Y-shaped silhouettes amid the swirling snow. Despite the weather, dozens of technicians are working to get the 10-mile-long Smoky Hills Wind Farm ready to begin producing electricity. Jason Martinson, who is supervising the 56-turbine operation for Enel North America Inc.