DWP lag in wind project blasted

first_img The lack of communication over Pine Tree was part of a larger pattern, said Commissioner Nick Patsaouras, who called for more frequent updates on renewable energy efforts. The utility is working hard to add clean power sources but it takes time to create the transmission infrastructure to deliver the energy, DWP General Manager Ron Deaton said. “Transmission doesn’t happen overnight,” Deaton said. “You cannot bring the produce to the market unless you have a road to travel.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The project calls for a contractor to develop a wind farm in the southern Sierra Nevada that the city would then purchase. It originally had been slated for completion in 2004 but has been delayed amid local opposition and an Audubon Society lawsuit about bird safety. Now the project will be held up another year because the DWP could not secure the wind turbines from the vendors, including General Electric, said Henry Martinez, head of the utility’s power system. “With such a high demand for wind turbines, at this point, we were unable to lock in those turbines,” he said. “It appears this project will be delayed a year until we get the turbines locked in and completed.” Commissioner Edith Ramirez said the news came “as a great shock,” and she joined fellow panelists in saying the issue should have been brought back to the commission earlier. The Board of Water and Power Commissioners lashed out Tuesday at the slow pace of DWP’s clean-power efforts after being told a prominent wind project will be delayed another year. The revelation that a shortage of wind turbines will hold up the Pine Tree Wind Project came as part of a general update on the Department of Water and Power’s renewable energy efforts that struck the commissioners as lacking urgency. “With all due respect, I’m sitting here and I can hardly contain my sense of dismay,” said David Nahai, vice president of the board. “It’s still no clearer to me today than the first day how we’re going to get to the goal of 20 percent (renewable power) by 2010.” The DWP commission has made increasing the utility’s share of green power one of its top priorities. One of the most prominent portions of the renewable energy portfolio has been Pine Tree, a $278 million project first approved in 2003. last_img read more