|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 8 Sep 2010 10:23:51 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] ENERGY: LA Times editorial on wind and radar|
Wind farms and the radar problemWind farms interfere with commercial and military radar systems. That's stalling some projects, but it doesn't have to.
Editorial Los Angeles Times September 7, 2010Increasing the amount of electricity we get from renewable sources such as the sun and wind is a national priority and a state mandate. Among the many obstacles to getting that done - opposition to new transmission lines, worries that solar plants will harm endangered species, conflicts over land use - one has until recently remained largely off the public radar screen. But the radar screen is precisely the problem: Wind farms interfere with commercial and military radar systems.
In 2009, wind projects that would have produced a combined 9,000 megawatts of power were shelved or stalled after the Department of Defense or the Federal Aviation Administration raised concerns about radar, according to the New York Times. That's nearly as much as the power generated by wind farms that were actually built last year. The Mojave Desert is a particular trouble spot because of the many military air facilities in the region, and several proposed projects there have been withdrawn after hitting turbulence from the military.
... For the entire editorial, see http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-radar-20100907,0,1881109.story -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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