Our great state of California is providing 2 million households with wind power. According to California Wind Energy Association CALWEA https://www.calwea.org, wind projects generated 6.2% of all power generated in the state. Wind power accounts for 39%of renewable energy generates in the state.
Most of the state’s wind power is generated through three primary regions: Altamont Pass Wind Farm (east of San Francisco); Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm (south east of Bakersfield) and San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm (near Palm Springs, east of Los Angeles). fourth area, the Montezuma Hills of Solano County, was developed in 2005–2009, with the large Shiloh Wind Power Plant.
As of January 1st, 2017 the great state of California has generated 5662 Mega Watts of power with growth of nearly 350% since 2001. Wind power in California has evolved through the years. It started in 1980 as the first U.S state to establish the first wind power project but Texas has taken the lead in the U.S. by a wide margin in total megawatts of wind, with farm states like Iowa and Kansas moving up fast. Meanwhile, California’s numbers have essentially remained unchanged since 2012.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com, in an interview with Nancy Rader, the executive director of CALWEA, the future of wind energy in the golden state is bleak, “It’s pretty bleak in terms of the potential for new development,” she said in a telephone interview from her group’s headquarters in Berkeley. “We’re actually at risk of going backward in total capacity in California.”
Offshore wind turbines has a very slow growth in the U.S.A with the first ever offshore farm, Block Island developed in Rhode Island and in operation since 2016. While the UK is the leader of offshore wind farms followed by the Netherlands and Germany, U.S has a long journey ahead in the offshore generation of wind turbines.
Below are the highlights of the major construction of the Anholt offshore wind farm in Denmark. Enjoy.