CalWEA Executive Director Nancy Rader and Michael Gerrard, professor and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, argue that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors should reverse course on its recent move to ban utility-scale wind turbines in unincorporated areas of the county, because such a ban is incompatible with averting the worst impacts of climate change.
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Fast Facts about California Wind Energy
+ Wind energy projects totaling approximately 5,812 megawatts (MW) of capacity are operating in California today,1 providing enough electricity to power more than 2 million California households.2 This represents more than a tripling of wind energy capacity since California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) law was adopted in 2002.
+ In 2013, California wind projects generated 12,694 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity – 6.35% of all power generated within California.3 In the same year, out-of-state wind projects generated 12,662 GWh of electricity for California, representing 13% of total power imports.3 Combined, wind projects supplied 8.55% of California’s total system power,3 enough to power all homes in Sacramento, Santa Clara, and San Diego Counties combined.2