CalWEA & Wind Industry Articles

News, CalWEA in the Media, and reports of interest to our members

 

News from ReNews

CalWEA Members Advance in UK Floating Offshore Technology Demonstration Program

Congratulations to CalWEA members Cierco and SBM Offshore for "demonstrating the technical competence, delivery capability and technological innovation" necessary to proceed in The Crown Estate's test and demonstration leasing program for floating offshore wind technologies. Given these companies' engagement in California offshore wind, California stands to benefit from this important experience.

CalWEA in the Media from Gismodo

The Wild Ways Local Governments Are Blocking Renewable Energy

Wind Turbines in New Jersey

This new report from Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law chronicles at least 100 ordinances in 31 states (including California) that block or constrict construction of new renewable energy facilities. CalWEA concurs with the report  that “At a time when the U.S. needs to be stepping up renewables installation, these laws are slowing the transition.”

CalWEA in the Media from Utility Dive

Renewable advocates bristle at Biden's move to preserve California desert land use plan

Another good article on the Biden Admin.'s misguided tanking of amendments to the misguided Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

News from CalWEA

CalWEA Issues Letter to Biden Administration re Proposed DRECP Amendments

In a letter to Biden Administration officials, CalWEA explains why the proposed amendments to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), issued in the final days of the Trump Administration, are potentially consistent with President Biden's Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis.  The DRECP resulted in completely shutting down wind energy development in vast California federal lands, and a course correction is needed to enable the wind energy development that was envisioned by the plan.

News from CalWEA and Offshore Wind Trade Groups

Wind Advocates Press for Natural Gas Plant Retirement Planning

In video meetings with CPUC Commissioners' offices this week, CalWEA teamed up with the Business Network for Offshore Wind and Offshore Wind California to explain the critical linkages between planning for gas-plant retirements, transmission upgrades, and offshore wind grid access in achieving the state's greenhouse gas goals cost-effectively and while prioritizing disadvantaged communities most affected by poor air quality.