Wind Power News: Washington
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The Bonneville Power Administration is responsible for power grid balancing in this area, and its figures show that hydroelectric generation is, at almost all times both day and night, greater than the area’s demand. Effectively, we are getting 100 percent of our electricity from dams, and there is still some left over, which we are sending to (among other places) British Columbia, so that Citizen’s Climate Lobby (A genius plan on climate change, U-B June 28) can claim that other . . .
Northwest rivers are running high as all that winter snowpack melts into spring runoff. And that means the region is producing too much of a good thing: carbon-free, renewable energy in the form of both dam-generated hydropower along with electricity from spinning wind-farm turbines. That’s prompted the federal government to take an action it avoided during the last four years of drought conditions: shutting down wind power. That’s something the Bonneville Power Administration did each spring from 2010 to 2012, . . .
PORT ANGELES – After six months of standing motionless, the city’s $107,517 wind turbine spires are finally spinning. They are ready to generate an estimated $1.85 a day in electricity but, more importantly, are actively adding a pleasing visual ingredient to West End Park, a city official said. City Manager Dan McKeen said the curved blades on the three vertical turbines began turning Wednesday as the city ended a safety-inspection dispute with the spires’ manufacturer, Urban Green Energy Inc. of New . . .
The Metropolitan King County Council today unanimously approved legislation authorizing the purchase of renewable wind-generated electricity from Puget Sound Energy beginning in 2019. The energy will be sourced at the soon-to-be constructed Skookumchuck Wind Project in Thurston and Lewis Counties. “Today’s legislation is a significant step toward achieving towards King County’s goal of becoming a carbon-neutral government,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski, prime sponsor of the ordinance. “I am very proud that the County continues to lead on . . .
Your recent article regarding the wind turbines [“PA Wind Turbines Generate Regret,” PDN, Dec. 4] certainly caught my attention and should generate more than regret. I am usually proud of my local government entities and how they spend our tax dollars. Not this time. How could our city council and staff approve and install these wind turbines without asking basic questions about their financial benefit? Doesn’t any one of them think that $107,000 is a lot of our money? These . . .
On Dec. 8, Fox News on its website [www.foxnews.com] published an article regarding Port Angeles’ new, crowd-pleasing wind turbines [“Report: Costly Wind Turbines Projected To Yield $1.39 In Daily Savings”]. [The report referred to the article in Peninsula Daily News at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-WindTurbines]. Port Angeles City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch spoke with Fox News, and she offered candid insight into the city’s somewhat curious motive for the purchase of the turbines, which cost $107,516. Fox reports that, when asked “if the intent . . .
PORT ANGELES – Three wind turbines erected at the city’s Waterfront Park in mid-September that cost $107,516 will generate $1.39 worth of electricity a day and about $42 a month – when they are eventually turned on. Or they will generate an average of $1.85 a day and $55.59 a month, Nathan West, city community economic and development director, said Tuesday. He said Friday that at peak generation, they would provide $168.63 monthly. The truth is, city officials don’t really know because . . .
A small Washington state city spent more than $100,000 on three “windmill-like turbines” – but any hopes for big savings appear to be blowing in the wind. The Peninsula Daily News reported that the Port Angeles turbines, which haven’t yet been turned on, are expected to generate $1.39 per day in electricity, or roughly $42 per month. The turbines were meant to help illuminate a local park. Now, some city council members are having second thoughts about their unanimous approval . . .
PORT ANGELES – Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park. The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them. Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power – $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings – that at least one council member is regretting her decision to purchase them. They have not been activated because . . .
Voters in Washington state rejected a proposal to implement America’s first carbon tax by a wide margin on Election Day, in a stinging rebuke to climate hawks seeking a breakthrough in one of the country’s most environmentally conscious states. The result left carbon-tax supporters to pick up the pieces following a bruising campaign that divided the state’s environmentalists and local Democrats, many of whom questioned the plan’s fiscal impact and lack of funding for renewables. Supporters sought to frame the . . .