Wind Power News: Washington
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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, . . .
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 . . .
A 52-turbine wind energy project called Skookumchuck Wind Energy has been pitched for the southeast corner of Thurston County and northeast Lewis County. The project has been proposed by the U.S. division of Renewable Energy Systems, also known as RES Americas, headquartered in Colorado. A company representative could not be reached Wednesday. “The proposal to develop the project is in response to increasing demands for electricity and the requirement under Washington state law that utilities meet a defined portion of . . .
It is time for the solar and wind power industry and its supporters to start accepting the cold, hard facts of the downsides of their products. Solar and wind supply electricity generation when the resource (e.g. sun or wind) is available, but they do not supply capacity that can be relied on to provide electricity. Even when solar/wind produce power, it must be used as it is produced, since you cannot store more than very small amounts of electricity in . . .
It seems that we, the ratepayers, have no oversight for the PUD commissioners. They can do whatever they want. The construction of the wind farm is an example. It has cost us hundreds of million dollars without our consent. We need to file a freedom of information act request to find out all the true facts. These commissioners are not going to give this information to us. We were forced to pay big time and will never see the end . . .