wind power

5:33pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

The Altamont Pass -- good for renewable energy, bad for birds

Wildlife biologist Doug Bell birdwatching at the Altamont Pass
Judy Silber

If you remember the early 1970s, you remember the long gas lines during the Middle East oil embargo. The crisis was a sharp reminder of U.S. dependency on foreign oil. Soon after, the government began investing in alternative energy.

California entrepreneurs saw potential in the gusty winds that blew out at the Altamont Pass, between the Central Valley and Bay Area. By the mid-’80s, the Altamont was the country’s biggest wind farm. To many, the turbines were more than a new technology. They were symbols of hope, a sign of progress and a world that no longer relied on fossil fuels.

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5:21pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

East Bay Express: Green-energy storage: 'the next big thing'

For the past decade, California has been a leader in the clean-energy revolution. Groundbreaking state laws require our major utilities to purchase 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020. And some green-energy experts expect that mandate to rise to 50 percent or more in the following decade. To date, the rapid growth of solar and wind power has fueled the move to renewables. But for California to fulfill its green-energy future, it must solve an important problem: how to deliver electricity to consumers when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.

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11:14am

Mon April 30, 2012
morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, April 30, 2012

(San Bernadino County Sun) // Thirteen Cal State students are planning a hunger strike for Wednesday, which they say they will continue until university administrators agree to meet with them and consider their demands. Those demands include a five-year moratorium on student fee increases, eliminating housing and car allowances, lowering administration and executive salaries, and removing restrictions to free speech on campus…

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