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. 

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.