CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Urban Wind Power Task Force Releases Recommendations

The San Francisco Urban Wind Power Task Force recently released its recommendations. Created by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and then-Supervisor Tom Ammiano, the Task Force’s mandate was to explore the potential for small-scale wind generation in San Francisco and develop recommendations for advancing City policy to encourage the expansion of local wind power generation. Comprised of representatives from the small wind industry, environmental community, green building, labor, workforce development, research labs, prospective residential and business customers, State regulatory agencies, PG&E and relevant City departments, and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office and the SF Department of the Environment, the Taskforce met monthly for eight months to explore key issues facing small-scale wind power development in urban environments.

Specific issues addressed included:

* Small Wind Technologies, Testing and Certification

* Understanding the Wind Resource and Data Collection

* Permitting

* Costs & Incentives

* Potential Impacts on Flying Animals

* Clean Tech and Workforce Development Opportunities

* Public Awareness and Possible Demonstration Sites

This report highlights the Task Force’s key findings and provides recommendations to help the City advance urban wind power.

Source: Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom


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