CalWEA & Wind Industry Articles

News, reports and events of interest to our members

 

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.

News from CalWEA

Coalition Says Interior’s Desert Plan Reverses Course on Clean Energy Development

Desert wind energy project

After eight years of work, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) will effectively foreclose development of renewable energy resources on millions of acres of federally managed lands in Southern California, said a coalition of renewable energy and labor groups in response to the federal government’s release of the plan. The plan abandons the initial promise to balance renewable development with preservation of desert land.

News from Politico Pro

Renewable developers warn BLM leasing rule may undercut lofty green ambitions

Politico reports that Hillary Clinton's promise of a huge buildout of new solar panels and wind turbines on federally owned deserts and scrublands may be impossible under the land-use strategy that the Obama administration is pursuing, including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.