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Wind Power News: Arizona


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.

February 4, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Bat, eagle deaths at wind farm prompt federal probe

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a criminal investigation of a wind-energy farm in southeastern Arizona to determine whether prosecution is warranted in the deaths of a federally protected golden eagle and an endangered bat, according to federal wildlife officials. A monitoring report indicated that the 15-turbine Red Horse Wind 2 project near Willcox caused the deaths of the eagle and a lesser long-nosed bat during its first year of operation between July of 2015 and 2016, the Arizona . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Willcox-area wind farm under investigation for bat, eagle deaths

Southern Arizona’s only wind-energy farm is under a federal criminal investigation because its turbines killed an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle, law enforcement officials say. An endangered lesser long-nosed bat was among an estimated 2,606 bats killed in turbines at the Willcox-area Red Horse Wind 2 project in its first year, a monitoring report prepared for the operator shows. That’s more bats than the national, annual average killed at a wind farm, said Jim DeVos, an assistant . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2017 • Arizona, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Problems with a carbon tax

While President Donald Trump wants to cut taxes, there are others who hope to raise them – by taxing carbon. The idea has long been supported by environmentalists and left-leaning groups, but recently it has found support among some establishment Republicans. The notion is that by taxing carbon, the country would use less, reducing our impact on climate change. However, there are a number of problems with the plan. There is no viable alternative to carbon-based fuels. The goal of a . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy exploring possibilities for wind farm near Concho

CONCHO – A company that bills itself as the world’s largest renewable energy provider is exploring the possibility of constructing a wind farm near Concho. NextEra Energy Resources, of Juno Beach Fla., also owns Florida Power and Light, a power company with a portfolio of natural gas and nuclear generating operations, as well as utility-scale solar installations in Florida that serves 10 million customers. The company also owns 110 wind and solar installations in 29 states and in Canada. The Fortune . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2016 • Arizona, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power project moving toward 2020 deadline

“This project will be built,” a key official in the proposed wind-power electric transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona promised Lincoln County commissioners at their meeting last week. To take advantage of the full production tax credit, a commercial operation must be running by 2020, and representatives of SunZia and Pattern Energy said their firms are up to the job. Several county ranch owners are involved in providing rights of way for the wind turbines and transmission line. Martin . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2016 • Arizona, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Officials back bill to encourage renewable energy on public lands

WASHINGTON – State and federal officials praised a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would encourage renewable energy development on public lands by streamlining the permitting process and letting local governments share in revenues from the projects. The bill would “level the playing field” between renewable and fossil fuel projects on federal lands by creating a streamlined leasing process for wind and solar energy projects like the one in place for oil, gas and geothermal energy. That is of special importance to . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2016 • Arizona, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Possible supplier bankruptcy could delay SunZia power line

A global renewable-energy developer that is the only publicly known supplier for the proposed $2 billion SunZia power line is on the edge of filing for reorganization under federal bankruptcy law, news reports and a subsidiary say. Missouri-based SunEdison Inc., saddled with debt, disclosed in a public document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday that it has entered into confidential negotiations with lenders over proposed financing transactions. These transactions, known as debtor-in-possession loans, are typically done to prepare . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2016 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Arizona regulators OK SunZia power lines

The $2 billion, 515-mile-long SunZia power line project got a big boost Wednesday from the Arizona Corporation Commission, which voted 3-2 to approve its construction in this state. The project involves two power lines, with transmission towers standing an average of 135 feet tall, that would go from central New Mexico into Southern Arizona near Bowie and Willcox before climbing north through the lower San Pedro River Valley, about two to five miles west of the river itself. Commissioners who . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2016 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents speak against SunZia at first day of hearings

PHOENIX – An outpouring of passion against the proposed 515-mile SunZia power line project greeted the Arizona Corporation Commission Tuesday, with about 25 speakers arguing that it was environmentally destructive and economically unjustified. “This is a poorly thought out project and I haven’t seen need for it,” said Robert McClure, a Scottsdale resident and longtime property owner in the unincorporated community of Cascabel, which the project’s two power lines would pass near in the lower San Pedro River valley. “It’s clear . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2016 • Arizona, New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Critics: Power lines imperil Lower San Pedro

CASCABEL – Drive through the Lower San Pedro River Valley, and a well-graded dirt road will take you past homes, organic farms, ranches and other structures where fewer than 200 people live. The only other signs of human presence are a handful of lesser dirt roads and an underground natural-gas power line. They coexist with prickly pear, agave, saguaro and other cacti, and Sonoran desert trees and shrubs. Cows graze on leased, state-owned or Pima County-owned property. Now this tranquil valley . . . Complete story »

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