CalWEA & Wind Industry Articles

News, reports and events of interest to our members

 

News from The Sacramento Bee

California wind energy is far too important to let it stall

This opinion-editorial, by California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild and CalWEA Executive Director Nancy Rader, argues that California should promote the revival of California's "pioneer" 1980s wind projects.

News from CalWEA

CalWEA Wins One-Year Extension of PIRP Protective Measures at CAISO

On March 15, 2017, the CAISO Board adopted a one-year extension of its PIRP Protective Measures in response to CalWEA's advocacy.  CalWEA was actively engaged in the development of the initial Participating Intermittent Resource Program (“PIRP”) in 2001 and, three years ago, the PIRP Protective Measures.  Both programs enable intermittent resources to deliver energy over the CAISO-controlled grid without undue exposure to imbalance charges and related costs.  

News from AWEA's Into the Wind Blog

U.S. Windpower Passes Historic Milestone

U.S. wind capacity now stands at over 82,000 megawatts (MW), surpassing the nation’s hydropower dams. 

Report from CalWEA

Impact of the DRECP on Wind Energy Resources in the California Desert

CalWEA used GIS mapping to analyze the DRECP's severe impact on wind energy resources in the California desert. This map shows the large areas where wind is prohibited, and the small areas where wind is allowed (if various obstacles are cleared, which is not assured under the plan). (See DRECP-related items on news page.)

News from Reuters

U.S. desert plan hurts renewable energy

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016

The United States on Wednesday unveiled a long-awaited plan for desert renewable energy development that the solar and wind industries said unfairly favors land conservation and severely limits the ability to build projects critical to meeting the nation’s climate goals.

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, eight years in the making, was designed to streamline development of wind and solar projects on federal and private lands in California while preserving pristine desert habitats.