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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


September 2, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power developer takes GVEA to court in 4-year quest to sell more renewable energy

Fairbanks wind-power developer Mike Craft took Golden Valley Electric Association to court this week, claiming the utility is violating state and federal law by refusing to buy more electricity generated by a Delta Junction-area wind farm. Craft turned to the courts after four years of fighting with Golden Valley and working with state regulators to adopt federal policies intended to promote greater use of renewable energy. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Erin Marston is deliberating over arguments presented Tuesday by lawyers . . . Complete story »


August 30, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

AVEC looking for a new wind turbine site after FAA scraps utility’s plans

Just because you held a public meeting about it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. That’s what AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, found out Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration called and said their plan to build a wind turbine off Bethel’s BIA road was a no-go. In an email to KYUK, AVEC wrote that the non-profit utility will not be allowed to erect a 350-foot wind turbine off of BIA road because of “navigational air space conditions.” Their . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer assails GVEA’s refusal to buy more power

Lawyers representing the Delta Wind Farm are asking state regulators to deny a tariff filed by Golden Valley Electric Association that argues the utility should not be required to buy more power from the wind farm. GVEA said it should be exempt from state and federal regulations intended to promote use of renewable energy, because it can’t integrate more wind power now without incurring costs that would be passed along to ratepayers. GVEA President and CEO Cory Borgeson said the . . . Complete story »


April 19, 2017 • Alaska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The hidden costs of wind power

Most people assume wind power is the cheapest, greenest power Golden Valley Electric Association generates. But if wind power is not carefully balanced with other power sources, it can drive up your electric bill – as well as greenhouse gas emissions. GVEA’s board has been very cautious about adding more wind. Here’s an anecdote that explains why more wind could lead to higher emissions and higher bills. Let’s suppose it’s a nice, windy day north of Healy, and the Eva Creek . . . Complete story »


March 18, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

GVEA denies wind farm request

FAIRBANKS – Golden Valley Electric Association officials said the electric co-op has denied a request for interconnection from Delta Wind Farm which proposed construction of a 13.5 megawatt wind farm in the Delta Junction area. GVEA officials said the proposal was rejected because an additional wind farm would be a greater expense to the co-op and its customers. After Delta Wind Farm submitted their interconnection request in December, GVEA hired Mike Hubbard – a system modeling consultant – to conduct a detailed analysis . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2017 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Delta Junction wind farmer appeals RCA’s tariff decision

FAIRBANKS – Wind farmer Mike Craft is appealing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s decision to approve a tariff he said is illegal. Craft is the managing owner of Alaska Environmental Power, a nine turbine, two megawatt wind farm in the Delta Junction area. In July 2016, the RCA approved Golden Valley Electrical Association’s tariff sheet, which details what the utility charges independent power producers of wind and solar energy for service, and the justification for those charges, among other things. Craft . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2016 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer asks court to overturn state agency’s approval of ‘illegal’ GVEA tariff

Delta Wind Farm President and CEO Mike Craft is taking the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to court. Craft is asking a judge to overturn the commission’s approval of a Golden Valley Electric Association tariff filed last summer. He claims the tariff violates new state regulations intended to help renewable-energy projects like his access the grid. In a brief filed earlier this month in Anchorage Superior Court, Mike Craft says the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s approval of a tariff filed last . . . Complete story »


A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . . Complete story »


November 25, 2015 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Independent power producers declare victory after regulations update

FAIRBANKS—The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved new regulations for the way utilities buy electricity from smaller-scale, independent power producers, including a Delta Junction wind farm in a pricing dispute for several years with Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks. Set to go into effect statewide this spring, the regulations adopted Friday are the result of complaints against Golden Valley filed with the commission by Mike Craft, who owns the Delta wind farm under the business name Alaska Environmental Power. . . . Complete story »


March 13, 2015 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire traps two on wind turbine in Bering Sea island

A Thursday fire briefly trapped two workers with the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative at the top of a wind turbine in a Western Alaska island village, until residents responded to put out the blaze. According to a Thursday AST dispatch, troopers were informed about 12:30 p.m. Thursday of the fire in Mekoryuk, a community of about 210 people on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea nearly 150 miles west of Bethel. “There was a fire inside the base of the . . . Complete story »


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