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Wind Power News: Idaho


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 28, 2021 • Idaho, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The color of this green technology is blood red

If you’re a migratory silver-haired, eastern red or hoary bat and you fly, you die. During your twice yearly migration from Canada and the northern tier states down to the Southern states and back you’ll have to navigate a gauntlet of machines based on a 16th century technology that is promoted as an ecologically sustainable way to produce energy in the 21st century. When flying through these machines, you’ll have a high chance of dying by blunt force trauma, which . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County commissioners receive update on massive wind farm project

The Lincoln County commissioners received an update on the massive wind farm project that could possibly break ground in the summer of 2022 if everything goes right. On Monday, the Bureau of Land Management updated the commissioners on Magic Valley Energy, LLC’s Lava Ridge Wind project. The proposed project has been projected around $1 billion dollars, and it will be located primarily on public land administered by BLM, located 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls within the counties of Lincoln, . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2021 • Idaho, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Tri-City groups leery of $33 billion proposal to remove dams

Neither small modular reactors nor the type of batteries needed for long-term to store wind and solar energy in the Northwest remain under development. Currently, battery storage is available but is generally used for storing electricity for a few hours. The Northwest likely would need new kinds of battery storage to provide constant power for much longer periods, such as winter cold snaps when the wind may not blow for days. “We welcome the advancement of these technologies, but the region’s electric customers should not be made reliant on technological breakthroughs to keep the lights on,” [Kurt Miller, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners,] said. Complete story »

November 21, 2020 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Local property being evaluated as potential site for future wind farm

IDAHO FALLS – A 60-meter tower 23 miles northwest of Idaho Falls off U.S. Highway 20 has become a source of curiosity for many who pass by. Public records obtained from Bingham County Planning and Zoning indicate the structure is a “temporary meteorological evaluation tower to verify the wind characteristics at a potential site for a wind farm.” Arco Wind owns the tower and Garth Klimchuk, the manager of the company, tells EastIdahoNews.com it was installed on private property in September. . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2020 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Dropped turbine part could lead to lawsuit

A claim might be filed against the Port of Lewiston after a wind turbine component being unloaded from a barge dropped 8 to 10 feet. Omega Morgan, a company involved in handling the cargo, sent the Port of Lewiston a notice of intent to file a claim that doesn’t specify an amount after an Oct. 23 mishap involving a base of a wind turbine tower, Port Manager David Doeringsfeld said. The port and Omega Morgan plan to have different experts . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2020 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

County P & Z approve wind farm and MET tower

BINGHAM COUNTY – The Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission met with two items on the agenda—both for Cedar Creek Wind LLC. Cedar Creek has been before the P & Z in the past with meteorological tower sites, and would be requesting another Conditional Use Permit to install another one as they continue to search for a working location to start a wind farm. Following the presentation from Planning and Development’s staff, the commission invited the applicant to speak. The . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2020 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

County P&Z approves requests

BLACKFOOT – An agenda that was on the lighter side made for quick work Wednesday evening for the Bingham County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission as they approved all three requests made by members of the community. The first on the list was a request by Arco Wind LLC for a conditional use permit (CUP) to install a nearly 200 foot tall meteorological evaluation tower (MET) in efforts to discover a potential location for a new wind farm. Arco Wind . . . Complete story »

May 19, 2020 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

County P&Z moves through large agenda

Arco Wind LLC appeared on the agenda requesting a conditional use permit for land currently zoned Natural Resources/Agriculture (NR/A). The reason for the CUP derives from the desire to install a meteorological evaluation tower on vacant land. Arco Wind LLC wants to test the area in hopes that it would be viable for developing a wind farm. The area is approximately 2.3 miles northeast of the East Butte in Bingham County. Complete story »

March 21, 2020 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Idaho’s largest wind farm planned near Shoshone

SHOSHONE – A massive wind farm, Idaho’s largest, could break ground in the Magic Valley in 2022. The final size and cost for the Lava Ridge Wind Project isn’t yet known, but the wind farm could be up to 1,000 megawatts with a price tag in the $1 billion range. At 1,000 MW and with hundreds of turbines, the wind farm wouldn’t just be Idaho’s largest, it would be among the biggest in the world. “We’re in the early stages of this,” . . . Complete story »

December 15, 2019 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

County P&Z gives project’s final phase OK

BLACKFOOT – A Salt Lake City company that began a renewable energy project east of Goshen nearly nine years ago was given the go-ahead by the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night to complete the final phase of the project. Following a public hearing, the commission approved Conditional Use Permits for rPlus Energy to erect 19 commercial wind turbines at the Cedar Creek Wind Project and install up to 40 PV panels for the adjoining Cedar Creek Solar . . . Complete story »

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