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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.

May 20, 2021 • Idaho, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Idaho will become wind farm ghetto for California

Most Idahoans recognize a manure pile when they see it, and grasp the Green New Deal for what it is: a taxpayer funded dung-heap. And yet, Idaho’s collective foot is headed right for that same pile of manure. One of the tenets of the Green New Deal is an embrace of wind-power as a replacement for all hydrocarbon based power plants: whether possible or not. Let’s examine the folly of wind: wind farms are tax payer subsidized, and do not . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2021 • Idaho, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

NW solar, wind developments could impact vast swaths of ag land

Up to 146,000 acres of the Northwest – much of it farmland – could be converted to solar production by 2050, according to a recent study. In addition, wind power production could directly impact nearly 8,800 acres. The American Farmland Trust used National Renewable Energy Lab data to study several scenarios, said Addie Candib, Pacific Northwest regional director for the trust. AFT is a nonprofit that works to protect and conserve farmland. The cost of solar developments will impact the number and . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Magic Valley Energy holds meetings for proposed wind project

Magic Valley Energy wants to build a wind farm in south central Idaho. With about 400 turbines, it would be the largest wind project in Idaho, producing as much as 1,000 megawatts of power. Though the project is not yet approved, the developer is hosting town halls this week for community input. The first is on Friday at the College of Southern Idaho at 4 p.m., and the second is on Saturday at the Lincoln County Community Center in Shoshone . . . Complete story »

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 »

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