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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.
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BUSINESS
May 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
June 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | PHILIPPA FLETCHER, REUTERS
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.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1988 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
November 5, 1991 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2012 | By Alana Semuels and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
DES MOINES - It's an overriding conservative principle: Scale back government interference and let businesses survive or fail on their merits. But standing by that principle may hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, a hotly contested swing state that could provide a crucial six electoral college votes in November. Romney recently upset many conservatives here by saying he would end a government tax credit that helps subsidize a burgeoning wind industry in the state. Some of them - farmers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year for having wind turbines on their property - say they won't vote for Romney because of his wind position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
August 29, 1999 | BLAKE NICHOLSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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