American Wind Power Association
This summer, we are going to see the first official American Wind Power Association summit. On July 30th the American Wind Power Association will be holding its very first Midwest regional wind power conference in Chicago. Chicago is home to over 13 major offshore wind power companies including E.ON, Acciona, and Norex.
The American Wind Power Association’s goal is to strengthen the wind industry in the United States. As such, the organization is putting forth a proposal to help finance the development of wind farms off the coast of California.
The proposal is currently under review by the California Energy Commission and there is a strong likelihood that it may not become law. However, there are a number of important issues that must be addressed before the project can proceed.
One of the issues that the new offshore wind farms must address is the impact on sensitive wildlife. Because the turbines create strong winds, it is possible for some birds to be injured or killed. Additionally, because of the noise generated by the wind, there are concerns that endangered species may be affected as well. The best solution is to relocate these species, but there will always be other wildlife populations that will be affected by the wind turbines as well.
Another issue that must be addressed before any new offshore wind farms can move forward in California is the issue of the proposed Site C dam. The dam is an extremely large structure, which poses a serious threat to the fragile ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
For the past several years, members of the California offshore wind development coalition have been trying to make changes in the laws governing the dam. At this point, it seems likely that the proposed changes to state law are on their way.
One of the biggest challenges facing the offshore wind industry in California has been the fact that most of the wind farms in the area are located near large population centers. In some areas where there is little or no human activity, the wind turbines can pose a problem. Even if they do not pose a safety hazard, it is possible for people to be injured by falling objects or flying debris.
This summer, we are likely to see a number of issues come to the forefront that will impact the success of the offshore wind industry in California. Hopefully, this is the time when all of these issues will be resolved.
One of the first issues that will be debated is the need for better coordination among the wind farm developers and regulatory agencies. Some groups in the wind energy industry have advocated that the wind farms need to be located in locations close to residential communities. This is something that must be discussed in the future.
Also, while it has been clear that the wind farms can create jobs, there are some groups in the wind industry who do not believe that they should be built near large populated areas. In fact, some groups feel that the wind farms should not be built at all in the ocean-based areas. This is due to the risk of being disturbed by ships.
The wind industry must also decide what type of support is needed from local governments. There have been concerns voiced by both sides that the wind industry is trying to force its way into the community, which will require that they build their own power plants on a smaller scale.
While this is not an ideal situation for those living in the communities where the wind farms are located, it is possible for the wind industry to work out a solution in the future. In the meantime, residents and elected officials must remain vigilant and keep an eye on developments.
In the meantime, a number of questions remain about the impact that offshore wind farms have on the environment in the state of California. Hopefully, the new legislation will address all of these issues. However, the wind industry will continue to benefit greatly from the new technologies that have emerged over the last few years.