May 2, 2006
Alternative energy sources are getting a fresh look as demand for fossil fuels increases worldwide and technical innovations help reduce the costs of alternatives. A decade ago, California was producing 30% of the world's wind-generated electricity. Here's a look at utility-scale wind farms: California wind resources About 95% of the state's electricity from wind comes from more than 13,000 turbines concentrated in the Altamont Pass, Tehachapi Mountains and San Gorgonio Pass areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1993 |
From a distance, they look like tall, gawky, stilt-legged fans trying to cool the parched hills. Their arms move languidly in the light wind, but they are still an impressive sight. The 7,300 wind-turbine towers in the Altamont Pass outside Livermore, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, constitute the largest wind-fueled power plant in the world. About 8,700 other high-tech windmills capture breezes in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2002 |
Wheat farmer John Hilderbrand once cursed the wind that roars down the Columbia River Gorge and through this rural, hilly community, damaging crops and kicking up dust. That was before the same powerful gusts paid for his vacations to Panama and Costa Rica, and allowed him to quit his part-time job as a real estate agent. In the past year, dozens of wind turbines have appeared on the drab, rolling expanses of rural farmland in Oregon and Washington.
February 5, 2012 |
Century City skyscraper Constellation Place, formerly known as MGM Tower, is the first Los Angeles high-rise to be served by electricity-generating fuel cells. Landlord JMB Realty installed two Bloom Energy Servers that will produce 400 kilowatts of power, about one-third of the electricity needed by the 35-story tower. Bloom servers, made by Bloom Energy of Sunnyvale, Calif., are each big enough to occupy an average parking space and contain thousands of Bloom fuel cells - flat, solid ceramic squares made from a sand-like powder - that convert air and fuel into electricity through an electrochemical process.
June 25, 2001 |
A graceful arc of alabaster windmills rises out of the midnight-blue waters of the Oresund strait, visual testimony to Danes' commitment to clean energy and the health of the planet. Until recently, wind parks were also sources of bitter resentment among those who saw the stark white poles, whining turbines and jerky rotors as a blight on their bucolic landscape. But beauty is in the eye of not only the beholder but also the shareholder.
December 25, 2007 |
At a time when most people choose to avoid the harsh winter winds that roar past corn stubble and whip up billowing dust clouds over table-flat fields, farmers in Michigan's Thumb now talk about catching the wind and all the money that comes with it. Michigan's first commercial wind farm -- a collection of 32 towering turbines that conjure visions of H.G.
September 26, 2004
Congratulations on the largely excellent job your writers did in the Aug. 29 issue, especially Dan Neil for his take on Honda's hydrogen car ("A Week Without Dinosaurs"). He emphasized that hydrogen is like a battery that stores energy, not a magic supply of energy. And until the supply problem is solved with renewable fuels, it's just another drain on the same old dead-dino pool. Solar panels are one approach, but he alluded to another: wind energy. While much less area-efficient than a nuclear plant, wind power is less costly.
February 18, 2001 |
Selim Zilkha is investing in wind power as the next energy growth area. And, because Zilkha has made shrewd choices before, wind bears watching. The 73-year-old Zilkha, who now lives in Los Angeles, has formed Zilkha Renewable Energy with his son Michael, who heads the Houston-based company. The firm is investing in wind-generating projects in California, Costa Rica and offshore Britain. Adoption of wind power is growing in the U.S. and abroad.
October 15, 2005 |
Tom DeMoulin was not expecting a bargain when he began buying his electricity from wind farms in the late 1990s. In fact, the community college instructor paid an extra $5 a month to his local utility to strike a blow against the coal- and gas-fired power plants that spew pollution across the Southwest. But starting next month, DeMoulin's conscience-driven decision will save him money.
January 24, 2013 |
Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who has pushed to bring a football stadium to Los Angeles, also wants to bring wind power to California. A plan being marketed in Sacramento would bring California utilities thousands of megawatts of electricity from a massive wind farm in Wyoming being developed by the entertainment and energy mogul, who also developed L.A. Live and Staples Center. The idea is being promoted by Wyoming state officials who say that, besides benefiting Anschutz, it could be an economic boost for the Cowboy State and an environmental plus for California, providing cleaner power at a good price.