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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.

December 1, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines proposed near a Japanese American incarceration camp prompt outrage

David Sakura was 6 years old when the U.S. government imprisoned his family at the Minidoka incarceration camp in the high desert of south-central Idaho. He remembers his mother attempting to create a sense of normality for her children by taking him and his brothers for walks – through sagebrush and past rattlesnakes, armed guards and barbed wire – to picnic in the shade cast by a guard tower. Now, energy developers are eying those same windy plains. Magic Valley Energy, an . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Lava Ridge Wind Project faces criticism

TWIN FALLS – A proposed wind turbine project is facing some opposition due to its proximity to the Minidoka National Historic Site. Now, advocates are speaking out to highlight why preserving the space is important for so many individuals. Magic Valley Energy proposed the “Lava Ridge Wind Project”, and it would bring 400 wind turbines to the Jerome area and cover roughly 73,000 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Although the wind farm would not directly be . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Support Minidoka against proposed commercial wind farm

The Minidoka National Historic Site in Idaho, as well as natural and cultural resources, are being threatened if the Magic Valley Energy LLC plan to install the Lava Ridge Wind Project is approved. The plan calls for 400 wind turbines to be placed on 73,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property. If built, this will be one of the largest commercial wind energy facilities in the U.S. Not only will most of the turbines be visible from the . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2021 • Idaho, Montana, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

More renewable energy, less energy efficiency in new Northwest power plan

More renewable energy development and less room for energy conservation are two of the biggest changes in the draft of the new regional power plan. The Northwest Power Plan guides the electricity demand decisions of the Bonneville Power Administration over the next 20 years. Energy experts say the draft of the 2021 Northwest Power Plan is dramatically different from previous versions. “A lot of things are changing right now because of people’s concern about carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions that . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm draws fire for interfering with WWII incarceration site

The Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project would be the largest wind farm in all of Idaho, bringing as many as 400 new turbines to Magic Valley. But there’s one big obstacle: Opponents fear the project in the southern part of the state would interfere with the integrity of the nearby Minidoka National Historic Site, which honors 13,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated there during the 1940s. The National Park Service is among the latest raising questions. “The isolated and undeveloped . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm raises concerns over its proximity to Minidoka incarceration site

Nearly 80 years ago, 13,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated in the southern Idaho desert at Minidoka. They were among the more than 100,000 forced from their West Coast homes when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 during World War II. Now, a renewable energy company is proposing Idaho’s largest wind farm in the Magic Valley, and former incarcerees, their family members and the National Park Service are raising concerns about its proximity to the Minidoka National Historic Site. The . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Protecting history: Minidoka internment camp survivors opposed to wind project

HUNT – The first thing Paul Tomita remembers is the dust. Sucking it in, choking on it and struggling to breathe. Watching his mother’s futile attempts to plaster wet newspaper over holes in the walls, trying to protect her loved ones as they slept. “I was essentially suffocating there,” Tomita, 83, said. “I was supposed to die there.” Imprisoned by five miles of barbed wire fencing and eight watchtowers, all he could see was sagebrush and dirt. In 1942, his family . . . Complete story »

September 17, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

‘Can’t please everybody.’ Community members, local officials continue to question wind project

JEROME – Magic Valley Energy held a third open house on Wednesday to speak with residents about its proposed wind project. County commissioners, community members and other guests gathered at Renew Coffee Shop in Jerome to learn about the project. Luke Papez, project manager from MVE, said open houses provide an opportunity for public engagement and communication with the community. “Our goal is to continue the conversation,” Papez said. The Lava Ridge Wind Project is in the early stages. Plans estimate . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2021 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Open house for Lava Ridge Wind project, scoping period extended

Another public open house is will present information on the proposed Lava Ridge Wind project in the Magic Valley while the federal government has extended the time for the public to comment on the proposal. Magic Valley Energy, part of LS Energy, will host the open house September 15, at the Renew Coffee Shop on 111 E Main St, in Jerome. The open house is not affiliated with the scoping project, only an informational meeting hosted by the company. The . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2021 • Idaho, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Bureau of Land Management extends public scoping period on proposed wind energy project

SHOSHONE – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a commercial-scale wind energy facility that is proposed to be constructed on BLM-managed public land in southern Idaho, approximately 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls. Magic Valley Energy LLC, an affiliate of LS Power, is seeking authorization to construct the Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project on 73,000 acres of public land in Jerome, Lincoln and Minidoka counties. The project has the potential to generate 1,000 megawatts of wind energy. . . . Complete story »

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