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January 31, 2012 | By Marla Dickerson
Wind energy now supplies about 5% of California's total electricity needs, or enough to power more than 400,000 households. That's the word from the California Wind Energy Assn., which said that California put up more new turbines than any state last year, with 921.3 megawatts installed. Most of that activity occurred in the Tehachapi area of Kern County, with some big projects in Solano, Contra Costa and Riverside counties as well. “The total amount of wind energy installations in 2011 created a banner year for wind generation in California and is helping to drive California closer to reaching its goal of 33% renewable energy ,” said Nancy Rader, executive director of the California Wind Energy Assn.  Wind capacity in the Golden State has doubled since 2002.
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OPINION
February 12, 2014
Re "Wyoming wind may power California," Feb. 9 Wyoming's antipathy toward environmentalism typifies sparsely settled states that cling to frontier-life notions of hardy self-reliance and boundless natural resources. Such conservative conceits thrive far from densely populated states, where vivid reminders of societal interdependence and environmental frailty abound. As much as California's quest for green energy may be derided in Wyoming, the proposed wind farm that would deliver power to California provides a prudent hedge.
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OPINION
February 12, 2014
Re "Wyoming wind may power California," Feb. 9 Wyoming's antipathy toward environmentalism typifies sparsely settled states that cling to frontier-life notions of hardy self-reliance and boundless natural resources. Such conservative conceits thrive far from densely populated states, where vivid reminders of societal interdependence and environmental frailty abound. As much as California's quest for green energy may be derided in Wyoming, the proposed wind farm that would deliver power to California provides a prudent hedge.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
RAWLINS, Wyo. - A relentless wind howls day after day across this high desert, pouring through a low gap on the Continental Divide. "This is one of the windiest places in the nation," screams Bill Miller above the din of gusting air. Miller, a wiry man who spent much of his career in the oil and gas business, is in charge of building a massive wind farm on a cattle ranch owned by Anschutz Corp., better known in Los Angeles as co-owner of...
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | By Catherine Green
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.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
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.
OPINION
July 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals - producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife - federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. Conservation groups decried the Obama administration's new regulation as a "stunningly bad move" for wildlife, but wind industry officials said Friday that the rules from the Department of the Interior were far from a "free ride.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California's electric utilities and other power sellers better hope that scientists and engineers come up with a surefire way to bottle lightning. That's a dramatic way of describing the more prosaic goal of finding a way to store large amounts of electricity, something that, up until now, did not seem practicable. On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to create a formal "energy storage target" of 1,325 megawatts -- equivalent to the output of almost three modern, natural gas-fired power plants.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
In a first, wind energy became the No. 1 source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity in 2012, according to a report released by the Energy Department on Tuesday.  Wind energy accounted for 43% of new electric additions last year, adding more than 13 gigawatts of new wind power capacity to the U.S. grid, the report said.  That's double the capacity installed the year before.  But Energy Department officials warn that future growth...
OPINION
July 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
OPINION
July 13, 2013 | By David Helvarg
The first U.S. offshore wind turbine hooked into the U.S. power grid in June, but not in the "green" state of California. It happened on the opposite side of the continent, off the coast of Maine, using a floating wind-generator prototype well suited for the deep ocean water typically found off the coast of California. Less than a month later, Britain inaugurated an offshore wind farm capable of powering half a million homes. Additional "blue" energy sources, including wave- and tidal-power generators and "ocean thermal energy conversion," or OTEC, are being developed in Maine, Oregon, Scotland and China, but not in any significant way in California.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | By Catherine Green
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.
AUTOS
April 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
California installed so many new wind turbines in 2012 that it vaulted into second place behind Texas in the amount of wind power it produces, according to a new annual report from the American Wind Energy Assn. California also ranks second in the U.S. in the amount of employment associated with the wind industry, with more than 7,000 jobs, the AWEA said. Nationally, wind energy production grew 28% in the U.S. last year in what AWEA describes as the industry's best year to date.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
OSAKALOOSA, Iowa - The presidential candidates turn to the topic of energy Tuesday as they travel to different battleground states with different interests in future U.S. energy policy. In Iowa, President Obama plans to talk about wind energy as he pushes Congress to extend the production tax credit for companies investing in this growing alternative source. In Ohio coal country, meanwhile, Republican Mitt Romney is expected to talk about Obama's “war on coal” and the strain he says it puts on an industry that helps to power the state's economy.
AUTOS
April 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
California installed so many new wind turbines in 2012 that it vaulted into second place behind Texas in the amount of wind power it produces, according to a new annual report from the American Wind Energy Assn. California also ranks second in the U.S. in the amount of employment associated with the wind industry, with more than 7,000 jobs, the AWEA said. Nationally, wind energy production grew 28% in the U.S. last year in what AWEA describes as the industry's best year to date.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
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