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 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
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.
September 12, 2000 |
Run for the hills, Don Quixote. Sure, there was a time when Fred Noble wished he had never been cajoled into trashing his plans for a trailer park to build a newfangled wind farm. A tax program encouraging investment in "green" energy had ended. Utilities weren't interested. There were engineering disasters, and his land on the outskirts of Palm Springs seemed destined to become a high-tech junkyard. "I sure wished I had that trailer park," Noble said. No longer.
October 20, 1985 |
Each chorus of an old sea chantey begins, "Blow, ye winds of the morning; blow, ye winds, high ho!" That could well be the theme song of the winds generating electricity at the large and growing number of wind farms, perhaps without narrowing it down only to the mornings. The most recent figures from the American Wind Energy Assn., based in Alexandria, Va., show that wind generation of electricity in California last July--90.7 million kilowatt hours--was more than three times the 30.