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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.


April 19, 2018 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM gives final green light to major Western power line

The Bureau of Land Management has approved the final routes for a 1,000-mile power line that connects Western states. The agency announced that segments of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on public lands in southwestern Idaho received the green light, hooking up to already authorized routes in southern Wyoming and eastern Idaho. Gateway West is a 10-segment, 500-kilovolt transmission line that starts in Wyoming and ends in southwestern Idaho. The Trump administration is touting the major initiative, which began . . . Complete story »


April 1, 2018 • California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp challenges PUC staff in controversial $1.5B wind power bidding process

PacifiCorp is defending a $1.5 billion wind power solicitation that has come under sharp attack from Oregon Public Utility Commission staff, emphasizing that an independent evaluator that monitored the process endorsed the results as “the best viable options.” “The independent evaluator is an independent expert appointed and managed by the commission – not PacifiCorp – to ensure that the (request for proposals) process was conducted in a fair and unbiased manner and to ensure that the final shortlist projects are reasonable and . . . Complete story »


January 14, 2018 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Company, Idaho regulators at odds over battery storage plan

An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging battery-storage technologies. Franklin Energy is seeking to build a $200 million lithium-ion battery storage facility in Twin Falls County. It contends the project, under federal law, qualifies for a 20-year contract with Idaho Power, which has more than 500,000 customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. But . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

New path eyed for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho

Federal officials have released their latest analysis on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest’s energy grid. The 183-page draft environmental assessment released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late last week covers two segments of the Gateway West project proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power. The 1,000-mile Gateway West project is one side of a giant triangle of transmission lines that Rocky Mountain Power says are necessary . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental group appeals Gateway West line

BOISE – A Hailey, Idaho-based environmental organization has appealed the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of a high-voltage transmission line route through sage grouse habitat on public land and requested a halt of the start of construction. The Gateway West Transmission Line was jointly proposed by Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power and would span more than 1,000 miles from Glenrock, Wyo., to Melba, Idaho, including 850 miles of 500-killovolt line. Officials of Western Watersheds say the route they prefer, BLM’s . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM approves massive project’s path over Idaho protests

The outgoing Obama administration announced today it formally approved routing the final two stages of a massive Wyoming-to-Idaho power line project mostly outside the boundaries of a federal raptor sanctuary and across more private property and greater sage grouse habitat than critics say is necessary. The Bureau of Land Management’s record of decision (ROD) for the final two stages of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project would appear to move the project forward and end years of conflict . . . Complete story »


January 21, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming. The BLM’s Record of Decision, signed Friday, means Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power can build and operate 321 miles of 500-kilovolt transmission lines on public land in Idaho’s Gooding, Elmore, Owyhee, Cassia and Twin Falls counties. The route avoids sage grouse habitat and private land, but crosses about 9 miles of conservation area for raptors. . . . Complete story »


September 4, 2016 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Council opposes wind turbines

The Shelley City Council said it was strongly opposed to further wind turbine development in the hills. When Bingham County Planning and Zoning asked for comment on a proposed plan for up to 11 additional wind turbines east of Firth, Councilman Jeff Kelley had a strong negative response. “We’ll see them from our homes in our town. You want my comments? I think it’s a mistake. It’s stupidity,” he said. He suggested that the council pass a resolution opposing wind . . . Complete story »


June 14, 2016 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Huge renewable energy project gets hearing in Mountain Home

Rancher John Faulkner of Gooding has a grand vision to combine three types of renewable energy into a huge project in Elmore County. But his neighbors are already raising concerns about wildlife, water and scenery. The Elmore County Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on five conditional use permits the developers will need, along with a long list of federal and state approvals. The proposed Cat Creek Energy pump-storage hydroelectric project would be located on Anderson Ranch . . . Complete story »


April 27, 2016 • California, Idaho, Oregon, U.S., Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Fewer breezes led to less wind power generation in West last year

SALT LAKE CITY – The wind didn’t howl quite as fiercely in 2015 in Utah and eight other states across the West, leading to the nation’s smallest increase in wind generated power in 16 years. A recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration said weather patterns in the western portion of the United States created only a 5.1 percent increase in wind generated power over 2014. By comparison, electricity from wind generation grew by nearly 20 percent in 2013 and . . . Complete story »


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