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Disappearing Windmills

by Tom Spiglanin, Director of Education Palm Springs Windmill Tours At Palm Springs Windmill Tours, I get to explain wind energy to thousands of people who visit each month. I enjoy people’s enthusiasm for learning about the latest wind technology, which is one of the lowest-cost ways to add new energy sources to the grid….

Winds of Change

Palm Springs Windmill Tours marks 40 years educating the public about wind energy and why the turbines are located here. AUTHOR, CARL SCHOEMIG, PALM SPRINGS LIFE When it comes to windmills, less is actually more. While the number of turbines dotting the San Gorgonio pass along Interstate 10 may diminish over the next decade, those…

Wind Energy generates the most renewable energy at 24%

In 2020, about 4,009 billion kilowatthours (kWh) (or about 4.01 trillion kWh) of electricity were generated at utility-scale electricity generation facilities in the United States.1 About 60% of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels—coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gases. About 20% was from nuclear energy, and about 20% was from renewable energy sources. The…

Migratory birds and wind energy: Looking at reality

MICHAEL SPEERSCHNEIDER JANUARY 14, 2020 Several House lawmakers introduced a bill that would reform the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The ensuing debate sure to arise provides an excellent opportunity to lay some facts on the table about wind energy’s wholistic impact on birds. WIND ENERGY PROVIDES BENEFITS TO MIGRATORY BIRDS The truth is wind…

Windmills: Discover Greater Palm Springs’ Unique Welcome Sign

Windmills: Discover Greater Palm Springs’ Unique Welcome Sign Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 By: Xochitl Peña Like the neon lights of Las Vegas, or the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, Greater Palm Springs has its own signature calling card — the iconic windmill farms on either side of Interstate-10. The windmills that dot the…

Treat Yourself to a Uniquely Greater Palm Springs Tour

Treat Yourself to a Uniquely Greater Palm Springs Tour Learning about energy, history and the “real” desert is anything but boring in Greater Palm Springs. Schedule one of these exclusive tours that are expertly led by knowledgeable guides. They promise to thrill with off-road adventures, journeys “inside” a towering energy grid and historic explorations of…

The Way the Wind Blows

The Way the Wind Blows JIM POWERSSEPTEMBER 7, 2018 ATTRACTIONS, CURRENT PSL The windmills generate as much energy in the course of the year as the valley consumes plus a surplus.  The windmills located  in the Palm Springs area generate more power in the course of a year than is consumed by the entire Coachella valley,…