July 1, 2013 |
Amid reports of wind turbine blades flying off and a resulting flurry of damage control measures, engineering powerhouse Siemens said Monday the chief of its wind power division would step down, two weeks after announcing costs related to incidents in California and Iowa. In a news release, Siemens said Felix Ferlemann, 53, was leaving “by mutual agreement to pursue new career challenges.” Markus Tacke, who had been serving as chief executive of the industrial power business unit within Siemens' energy division, will replace Ferlemann, who became chief executive in October 2011.
April 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California wind power generators produced a record 4,196 megawatts of electricity Sunday evening, the state's grid operator reported. That's enough power to run more than three million houses in Southern California. Sunday's record bested the previous peak production of 4,095 megawatts the previous Friday and the earlier record of 3,944 megawatts on March 3, according to the Independent System Operator, the agency that controls about four-fifths of California's high-voltage electricity network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1990
In "Gulf Crisis Spurs Interest in Renewable Sources of Electricity" (Part A, Nov. 8), The Times unwittingly repeats an old utility myth about wind energy being "unreliable." Yes, wind is "intermittent," but it's as reliable as hydro or most other technologies. And when wind supplies a diversified utility, whether PG&E or SCE, even wind's intermittance becomes unimportant. Your article inadvertently furthered Southern California Edison's shortsighted policy of "bashing renewables" at every opportunity, a policy begun to help justify its merger with San Diego Gas & Electric.
April 10, 2012 |
On Thursday, the Annual Market Report from the American Wind Energy Assn. (AWEA) will show that California was first in the nation in new wind power installations in 2011 with more than $2 billion in investments. The AWEA report will highlight data on industry jobs, manufacturing, and installed wind capacity across the U.S. Wind is the nation's fastest growing source of non-hydroelectric renewable power generation, according to the U.S. Energy Department. In 2011, California added more wind power than any state, according to the advocacy group Environment California, and the wind industry in California now regularly employs between 4,000 and 5,000 workers.
July 22, 2013 |
Wind turbines tend to be overshadowed by solar power projects, which get most of the attention from the public and policymakers. That's the case again in a new government plan for renewable energy projects in the California desert. Though the wind industry shouldn't get all the land it wants, the desert master plan should provide more and better space for wind farms. Despite its second-class status, wind is a much bigger producer of electricity than solar. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind is now the source of 3.5% of the nation's electricity supply.
October 13, 2010 |
Google Inc. is backing a plan to lay undersea cables to connect proposed windmills off the mid-Atlantic coast, a step the Internet giant hopes will boost wind power as an energy source. The offshore wind power transmission line would stretch 350 miles from New Jersey to Virginia and could supply enough electricity to serve about 1.9 million households. But the ambitious project, which could cost billions of dollars, faces major hurdles as federal subsidies for construction of wind power installations are set to expire in 2012.