Wind Power News: Idaho
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Almost all utilities across the United States and the rest of the world operate their energy infrastructure on a real-time basis – meaning people are monitoring an energy grid at all times to respond to weather events and customer demand. That on-demand status makes it difficult to switch to renewable energy sources after the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing. “It’s the biggest misunderstanding in our business and with our customers, is people think we store energy, and we . . . Complete story »
SHOSHONE – Two counties independently passed resolutions on Monday to not support the proposed construction of up to 400 wind turbines on 73,000 acres of public land in south-central Idaho. With the resolutions, Lincoln and Minidoka counties join Jerome County, whose commissioners passed a similar resolution on July 25. “The commissioners share the concerns of Lincoln County citizens and therefore the Board of Commissioners is opposed to the project,” the Lincoln County resolution said. On the same day, Minidoka County Commission . . . Complete story »
IDAHO FALLS – A company hoping to build a wind farm on public and private land between Arco and Idaho Falls is getting mixed reactions from members of the community. Massachusetts-based Arco Wind is the project applicant. The project plans to encompass about 32,000 acres in Bingham and Bonneville counties, beginning 13 miles west of Idaho Falls and extending across both sides of U.S. Highway 20 to the edge of the INL near East Butte. Mark Green, the development director . . . Complete story »
I have lived in southern Idaho all my life and the volcanic landscape, native wildlife and ancient archaeological sites of the region are very important to me. A proposal by a Massachusetts-based company for a 100-turbine wind development would alter the familiar landscape of my home forever. The project would begin 13 miles from Idaho Falls and extend west on both sides of Highway 20 to within a mile of East Butte. Turbines would be 250 feet taller than those . . . Complete story »
RUPERT – Citing concerns that a large-scale wind energy project proposed for public lands would have a negative impact on their rural county, the Minidoka County Commission passed a resolution on Monday in opposition to the proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project. “The Board of County Commissioners believes this project would disturb the rural character of Minidoka County and does not support the Lava Ridge Wind Project,” the resolution said. The Lava Ridge Wind Project is a project of LS Power, a . . . Complete story »
Jerome County Commissioners have issued an emphatic no! They jointly issued a unanimous document stating their opposition to the Lava Ridge Wind Project. This is similar to a document issued by their counterparts in Twin Falls County opposing the Salmon Falls Wind project. The Lava Ridge project will stretch across Jerome, Lincoln, and Minidoka Counties. It would scar the horizon behind the Hunt Camp historic site, home to thousands of internees of Japanese ancestry during World War Two. The wind . . . Complete story »
County commissioners in the Magic Valley are increasing their attention to proposed wind farms in their communities. Commissioners in Lincoln, Jerome and Minidoka counties said they are hearing an abundance of negative feedback from constituents about the proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project that could bring about 400 turbines to the region. “Most of those comments have come from people who live in the area, or hunt in the area, or graze in the area, or have some times to it, . . . Complete story »
TWIN FALLS – Citing feedback from the community that was primarily opposed to a proposed wind farm near Hollister, the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday passed a resolution stating they do not support the Salmon Falls Wind Project. The nonbinding resolution states that the board “believes this project would disturb the rural character of Twin Falls County.” Commissioner Jack Johnson said the resolution is not bound by law and also added that the measure doesn’t mean commissioners wouldn’t change their . . . Complete story »
The debate begins: The Lava Ridge Wind Project would double the amount of wind energy produced in Idaho. But at what cost?
For the past two years, the Lava Ridge Wind project has gathered fans and skeptics. Proposed by Magic Valley Energy, a subsidiary of LS Power, the up to 400-turbine project is projected to generate 1,000 megawatts, enough energy to power 300,000 homes. On the other hand, the project has raised concerns from stakeholders regarding cultural resources, wildlife safety, grazing rights and more. “The public attendance and questions only go to improve the process in my mind,” said Luke Papez, MVE . . . Complete story »
A few renewable energy projects proposed on public land in the Magic Valley could be boons to the clean energy targets of the Biden Administration and several Western states—but local residents are banding together in opposition. The wind project called Lava Ridge is at the forefront, both because it’s the biggest, with up to 400 turbines that would add more than 1,000 megawatts of power, and because it’s the furthest along in the approval process. Turbines could be spinning by . . . Complete story »