Strauss Wind Turbine Transport Postponed Until Next Week

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Update by Caltrans
August 24, 2021

The large transport vehicles that planned to use various state highways this week to deliver wind turbine blades to the Lompoc area has been postponed and will now take place next week with exact times and dates to be announced when certain.

The transports will leave the Port of Stockton via Interstate 5 and arrive in San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Counties using Highway 46 East to southbound US 101, Union Valley Parkway, State Route 135 and Highway 1 during the overnight hours. These trips are expected to occur intermittently over the next three months.

Upon delivery and transfer of these blades onto Blade Lifter Trucks, the transport vehicles will collapse in size and return along the same route to Stockton, originating on Highway 1 and State Route 246 through Lompoc during the morning hours.

These vehicles will be escorted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  Electronic Message Boards will inform travelers about this project managed by Baywa r.e. of Sacramento, under permit from Caltrans.                                                 

For traffic updates on state highways on the Central Coast, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https//dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5       


Source: Caltrans
August 21, 2021

Three large transport vehicles will use various state highways next week to deliver wind turbine blades to the Lompoc area beginning Wednesday, August 25.

The transports will leave the Port of Stockton via Interstate 5 on Wednesday, August 25 and arrive in San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Counties using Highway 46 East to southbound US 101,  Union Valley Parkway, State Route 135 and Highway 1 during the overnight hours. These trips are expected to occur intermittently over the next three months.

Upon delivery and transfer of these blades onto Blade Lifter Trucks, the transport vehicles will collapse in size and return along the same route back to Stockton, originating on Highway 1 and State Route 246 through Lompoc on Thursday, August 26 between 9 am and 4 pm with the preferred time from 9 am to 11 am.

These vehicles will be escorted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  Electronic Message Boards have will inform travelers about this project which managed by Baywa r.e. of Sacramento, under permit from Caltrans.                                                    

For traffic updates on state highways on the Central Coast, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https//dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5  

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CoastWatch Aug 22, 2021 05:01 PM
Strauss Wind Turbine Transport Postponed Until Next Week

These Kevlar windblades are made from petroleum products- They have a relatively short life span and will constantly need to be changed and serviced.... This will impact drivers and transportation corridors with HUGE tractor trailer rigs that can support the weight and size of these "Green" monstrosities... Our transportation routes will also be severely affected by the up and coming 100's of oil transport trucks, due to the fact "green environmentalists" refused a static pipeline... Once again ANOTHER failed "Green idea" that we will be forced to live with...

Sail380 Aug 23, 2021 09:52 AM
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From you Wiki link. "As of 2020, most end-of-use blades are stored or sent to landfills rather than recycled".. Storing equals laying on the ground next to the windmill!!!!
Blades end of use sounds environmentally friendly?

Blade recycling​[edit]

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) predicted that wind energy will supply 28.5% of global energy by 2030.[51] This requires a newer and larger fleet of more efficient turbines and the corresponding decommissioning of older ones. Based on a European Wind Energy Association study, in 2010 between 110 and 140 kilotons of composites were consumed to manufacture blades.[52] The majority of the blade material ends up as waste, and requires recycling. As of 2020, most end-of-use blades are stored or sent to landfills rather than recycled.[53] Typically, glass-fiber-reinforced-polymers (GFRPs) compose of around 70% of the laminate material in the blade. GFRPs hinder incineration and are not combustible.[54] Therefore, conventional recycling methods is inappropriate. Depending on whether individual fibers can be recovered, GFRP recycling involves:
Mechanical Recycling: This method doesn't recover individual fibers. Initial processes involve shredding, crushing, or milling. The crushed pieces are then separated into fiber-rich and resin-rich fractions. These fractions are ultimately incorporated into new composites either as fillers or reinforcements.[55]
Chemical Processing/Pyrolysis: Thermal decomposition of the composites recovers individual fibers. For pyrolysis, the material is heated up to 500 °C in an environment without oxygen, thus causing it to break down into lower weight organic substances and gaseous products. The glass fibers generally lose 50% of their strength and can be downcycled for fiber reinforcement applications in paints or concrete.[56] This can recover up to approximately 19 MJ/kg[54] at relatively high cost. It requires similar mechanical pre-processing.
Direct Structural recycling of composites: The general idea is to reuse the composite as is, which can be achieved especially in larger composite materials by partitioning it into pieces that can be used in other applications as is, without altering the chemical properties of the composite component.[57]

sacjon Aug 23, 2021 09:56 AM
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Sail - "Storing equals laying on the ground next to the windmill!!!!" That is absolutely, 100% false. Have you every seen a wind farm? There are no blades being "stored" on the ground next to the turbines. Do you really think the farmers and ranchers who lease out their land for these would allow that?

Sail380 Aug 23, 2021 12:08 PM
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Sacjon
Been to many, formerly worked in the cement supply business. Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and CA. I'm assuming you have never been to one. Take yourself on a trip to Palm springs and look at the derelict piles of scrap you can see from the 10. and that's what you can see from the road. The good stuff dripping with grease and oil is hidden from view. Fairly short lifespan for the units.

And yes sacjon many farmers will gladly set aside some land for "storage" in exchange for the guaranteed pay instead of risky farming.

Sail380 Aug 23, 2021 02:05 PM
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SACJON
If I could post pictures I would. Several easily found images on google maps showing used Blades and misc. used parts piling up at the edge of the windmill farms. Just take a look at how they are stored and then you can delete your post!!

sacjon Aug 23, 2021 02:30 PM
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SAIL - no, you said they were dropped and set next to the "windmills," not at the edge of the farms. Further, why, as someone else mentioned here, would they "store" used parts all over the land unless it a designated area? You comment earlier today - "Storing equals laying on the ground next to the windmill!!!!" - is just wrong. It's ok to be wrong. You don't know everything, despite thinking you do.

a-1629835570 Aug 24, 2021 01:06 PM
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To GENERALTREE: Good point. I've toured wind farms and was shocked at how many abandoned oil derricks, pipelines (rusting and oily), well structures and other abandoned oil facilities were littered around the farms and ranch lands out in the mid west. Never yet seen a pile of "broken blades" though!

RHS Aug 22, 2021 06:26 PM
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Coast, did you rail when these extra wide highways were built to Lompoc/Vandenberg to haul military paraphernalia? Why are you so angry about environmental progress and attempts to solve the pollution problem that faces earth? Sad. Or are you just paid to be an "influencer" for the moneyed interests of corporate America?

edney Aug 22, 2021 09:29 PM
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Wind and solar come with an offset cost. If you don't want to admit it, fine.
Lithium batteries are huge polluters, but hey you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelete right?
I prefer molten salt reactors and you like chasing the wind and the inevitable visual blight and battery pollution of wind and solar. There is room for both of us, but I'm betting your ideology gets in the way.

a-1629693753 Aug 22, 2021 09:42 PM
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Fission molten salt reactors have problems with containment vessel erosion, and still produce waste isotopes that are dangerous for hundreds of years. Their upfront costs and insurance costs are huge. No matter your ideology, lifecycle analysis shows that wind and solar are cheaper and better.

MarcelK Aug 23, 2021 08:10 AM
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"There is room for both of us, but I'm betting your ideology gets in the way." -- project much? People like you and CW are here denigrating wind and solar with completely bogus arguments.

Oldwave Aug 23, 2021 08:41 AM
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Let’s face it. There are too many people on this rock. If someone really wants to help the environment without any repercussions then take a long walk off a short pier. Oil is not the answer in my opinion.

Voice of Reason Aug 23, 2021 08:50 AM
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Germany went all in on renewables and only succeeded in spending hundreds of billions to make electricity twice as expensive, and up to 10 times more carbon intensive, that neighboring France, who embraced nuclear. The reason renewals can't power modern civilization alone is because they weren't meant to: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/05/06/the-reason-renewables-cant-power-modern-civilization-is-because-they-were-never-meant-to/

Happy2BeSB Aug 23, 2021 10:04 AM
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Because using Shellenberger as a source is immediately disqualifying. Just this morning he used one anecdote from the Caldor Fire as "proof" against climate change contributing to forest fire intensity, blaming poor forest management instead.

Yet, the Grizzly Flats Fire Station burned down even thought the site *was* a well-maintained "mature forest, well-spaced, with bear clover groundcover."

https://twitter.com/pyrogeog/status/1429661397080678403

Full quote: "This is what's left of my old station, and the site was mature forest, well-spaced, with bear clover groundcover (although the station was wood, not hardened). If a well-maintained USFS fire station burned down, that indicates how extreme #CaldorFire behavior is."

Voice of Reason Aug 23, 2021 10:16 AM
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Absolutely not Happy, he 100% doesn't say it's proof against climate change. He says it's proof that the extremely intensive, unnatural and destructive infernos are the result of poor forest management and the decades of fuel build up. He also points to droughts and climate change as increasing the duration of the fire season, no denying climate change there, but it's the unnatural fuel load that leads to the extreme devastating fires, for which Caldor Fire is an example with the area that was thinned and managed vs. not. But, thank you for admitting how closed minded you are and in your infinite wisdom "immediately disqualify" people with with different opinions, because you are always right and someone with a different view couldn't possibly ever be correct. Also, that twitter link wasn't even a Shellenberger quote, here is the thread you should read https://twitter.com/shellenbergermd/status/1429826018932510720?s=21 (could you image the backlash if I used twitter as a reference!).

Happy2BeSB Aug 23, 2021 10:27 AM
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Wisdom, in part, comes from being able to properly filter out poor sources of analysis and information. I don't take medical advice from reality TV hosts, nor do I take climate advice from pundits who say natural gas lowers the risk of high global temperatures.

I posted an example where an extremely intense and destructive inferno occurred in an area of very good forest management during the Caldor Fire, completely contradicting Shellenberger's assertion. The tweet I linked was from someone who actually worked at the burned down station, a primary source.

Voice of Reason Aug 23, 2021 10:34 AM
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Maybe if you actually read and researched rather than dismissed you'd understand that switching to natural gas does lower the risk of high global temperatures because it's much less polluting that the energy sources we're moving away from. It's a stepping stone to greener pastures, but you, in your infinite wisdom, immediately dismiss someone because you don't like what they're saying even though they have actual data and facts to substantiate their position vs. your anecdotal example. Got it!

Happy2BeSB Aug 23, 2021 11:06 AM
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The "greener pastures" argument ignores the millions of abandoned oil and gas wells in the US leaking methane straight into the atmosphere, as well as contaminating groundwater with benzene, arsenic and hydrogen sulfide. Now think about how poorly Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries may be capping their abandoned wells. Properly forcing the fossil fuel companies to cap those wells and clean up contamination would make natural gas generation even less economically feasible relative to solar/wind/batteries and hydro/nuclear.

Voice of Reason Aug 23, 2021 11:24 AM
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Happy, I agree, you're comment is further justification for natural gas being a stepping stone toward a greener future. So far of this Shellenberger who you "immediately dismiss", the two issues you've brought up with him are either false significantly misstated. Maybe you should read and liste more? This time, try reading the article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/05/06/the-reason-renewables-cant-power-modern-civilization-is-because-they-were-never-meant-to/

Voice of Reason Aug 24, 2021 11:09 PM
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HAPPY. Here is a tweet from The Office of the Governor of California…. saying the exact same thing you dismiss Shellenberger for (and anything else he has to say). Keep an open mind! No one is right, or wrong, all the time.

https://twitter.com/cagovernor/status/1430344420637872134?s=21

sacjon Aug 23, 2021 09:48 AM
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Folks - yes, wind and solar are not 100% green, they DO suffer some pollution in the manufacturing and transport, etc.... BUT, to just throw your hands up in the air and say "nope, don't even try it, we still have to use petroleum products" is just shortsighted. What would you rather have: the same amount of pollution and environmental degradation as we have now with non-renewables, or much less, albeit some, pollution from relying on renewables?

It doesn't always have to be all or nothing. The tech is there and being developed to produce clean batteries for storage. Don't just give up all hope because we haven't gotten there yet. Have a little faith!

Voice of Reason Aug 23, 2021 09:53 AM
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No one is saying that Sac. The people bringing up the real-world drawbacks / challenges with wind and solar are the ones saying a balanced approach is needed where wind/solar is a part of our greener solution (but simply can't be the ONLY solution as many here incorrectly assume).

sacjon Aug 23, 2021 10:08 AM
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VOICE - I can actually agree on that somewhat. We're not ready to go full on wind/solar right now. The tech is there, but not completely "green." Once it is a more viable "green" solution, we need to jump in with both feet. Our current energy production is not sustainable, nor can our planet handle it much longer. BUT, that should not be stopping us from starting to use it now. We can't afford to wait much longer.

Sail380 Aug 23, 2021 06:45 PM
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Sacjon
I have had solar on my hose for over 10 years. Been driving hybrids for longer. Run a sailboat instead of a powerboat. That doesn’t mean I don’t do research about issues. Next time your in Cody Wyoming check out the huge landfill full of used blades. Satellite view off Hwy 10 just before Palm Springs. Imagine the uproar if the greenies found out what happens after their useful lifespan? Composites last almost as long as radioactive waste.

PitMix Aug 23, 2021 11:52 AM
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I wonder when our climate change moment will come? When all or most of us get flooded or burned out like in Tennessee and northern California or Germany? Then maybe some of the green energy haters will see the light.

Happy2BeSB Aug 23, 2021 02:08 PM
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Green energy haters don't move the needle; not enough of them The people who matter are still on the fence and are too busy living life to dive deep into the topic. The green energy haters are targeting that crowd to help move the needle for them. That's the audience for fact and science-based arguments, not the fossil fuel supporters.

Voice of Reason Aug 23, 2021 04:08 PM
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Can I get a translation please? Who are the "green energy haters" and what is their goal? Why would they hate green energy? Beyond oil companies like Exxon and other corporations that support it, who are the "fossil fuel supporters"? I have a strong feeling these boogeymen (and women) are figments of your imagination instilled by divisive politicians and special interest groups in order for you to feel outraged and go along with whatever uptopian ideal they're pushing.

PitMix Aug 23, 2021 04:17 PM
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Seems like they are the people that just hate any change that might inconvenience them or their current way of living. Some researcher said recently that the sacrifices that we will have to make in order to address climate change with our current population are way beyond what most people are willing to do. And if you are one of those people unwilling to pay $20 or $50 a month for green energy instead of fossil fuel, we definitely know you are unwilling to be part of the solution.

sacjon Aug 23, 2021 04:42 PM
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VOICE - oh come now, just go on Parler or other similar sites and see what they say about anything "green." People have been hating on "tree huggers" and "enviro Nazis" for decades. You can't honestly feign "surprise" to hear of people that not just oppose, but really don't like anyone or anything that has to do with environmental protection.

Go re-watch (or gasp, watch) Ghostbusters. Look how the EPA is portrayed lol!

Chip of SB Aug 24, 2021 02:56 PM
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Pitmix, would you dare to predict specifically why will happen and when when? I would suggest keeping it a little vague and at least 30 years in the future. That way it probably won’t matter a whole lot when your prediction is proven wrong. Here is a list of failed climate catastrophe predictions with links to the newspapers in which they were originally presented. https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/50-years-of-failed-doomsday-eco-pocalyptic-predictions-the-so-called-experts-are-0-50/

a-1629843883 Aug 24, 2021 03:24 PM
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Despite the propaganda from the American Enterprise Institute and our resident purveyor of manure, the climate forecasts have been remarkably accurate, but a bit optimistic compared to what we see happening currently.

https://skepticalscience.com/climate-models.htm

a-1629748890 Aug 23, 2021 01:01 PM
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I currently work in wind farm development and can assure you, none of our farms (KS, TX, SD, etc) store broken turbine blades on the ground next to active wind turbines. SAIL380 is pretty far off on that, as someone pointed out. We do lease land to be used for temporary storage of materials during construction, but no wind developers in the country leave broken blades or any machinery on the lessors' land. We'd be out of business if we did!

a-1629779964 Aug 23, 2021 09:39 PM
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Current blade designs have a lifespan of 25 years or more. This landfill talk is just oilies spreading FUD. Take a gander at any oil field if you want to see lots of rusting junk sitting around amidst fumes and methane emissions.

MarcelK Aug 24, 2021 07:54 AM
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VOR is a frequent user of this fallacy/rhetorical strategy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motte-and-bailey_fallacy ... he makes absurd highly ideological claims and then, when challenged, retreats to something much milder that most people can agree with and claims that he's the reasonable one. The fact remains that study after study shows that wind and solar, despite some downsides, are effective energy sources that reduce net GHG emissions.

Voice of Reason Aug 24, 2021 08:33 AM
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Dude, Marcelk, re-read my posts. No where have I ever said wind and solar are not effective solutions, just that they can't be the only solution for the foreseeable future, and they have their own drawbacks many ignore or aren't aware of. I'm glad you googled the Motte bailey fallacy, your using in your very own comment. Can you please quote my "absurd highly ideological claim"? When you can't, that is you retreating to something much milder that most people can agree with....

PitMix Aug 24, 2021 01:01 PM
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I hope they didn't read the comments critical of wind power here and decide to stop the project. Because many people people make their decisions based on what anonymous social media commentators say..........

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