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.
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.