21 Feb '12, 3pm

Are California Desert Leaders Resisting Utility-Scale Wind and Solar?: Grumbling in California’s Antelope Vall...

Are California Desert Leaders Resisting Utility-Scale Wind and Solar?: Grumbling in California’s Antelope Vall...

Grumbling in California’s Antelope Valley about utility-scale wind and solar is evolving into a mainstream political resistance movement. A recent Vote Solar poll of desert communities found overwhelming approval for utility-scale solar development, but did not include renewables-rich Los Angeles County and did not adjust for the proximity of respondents to proposed projects . These could be serious oversights. L.A. County’s Western Antelope Valley (WAV) is part of California’s ripest renewable energy zone . The sun shines there more than 300 days a year and the wind blows during peak demand periods, often bending trees sideways. Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are expanding nearby transmission systems and nearby cities are hungry for renewables-generated electricity. Joint management of a sizable benefits offer from a solar pow...

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