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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.

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 »

January 13, 2019 • Idaho, Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners prevented poverty

Avista electric customers can rest assured that electricity prices will not skyrocket to levels that afflict HydroOne’s Ontario customers, now that Washington’s and Idaho’s utility commissions rejected the Avista Corp. acquisition, a ploy that Financial Post calls “fake capitalism for monopolies.” High electric bills devastate rural Ontario today, according to CKWS TV News. The cost of HydroOne’s electricity remained secretive here while Ontario’s rates zoomed to North America’s highest. In 2013, 392,962 Ontario electric customers could not pay electricity bills . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2018 • Idaho, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Reader is opposed to Cat Creek Energy Project

I am opposed to the Cat Creek Energy, LLC (CCE) alternate energy project. I have talked to many local residents and land owners of Elmore County and a few things have become clear to me. # 1. The planned wind farm and solar project off Highway 20 that CCE wants to construct on Camas Prairie near the Cat Creek Summit scenic viewpoint will adversely affect all land owners, future tourism and land values in Elmore County, the Camas Prairie, the . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2018 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Huge wind and solar projects proposed for Jerome County

JEROME COUNTY – Large wind and solar energy projects could eventually come to Jerome County, pending approval from Idaho Power and government agencies. Idaho Power Co. has received applications for a 500-megawatt wind project and a 300-megawatt solar project seeking to connect to its system. The anticipated size of these renewable projects is substantial. According to Idaho Power, on average, 1 megawatt can serve 695 average homes. The generator interconnection applications for these projects were received in May and June. “All . . . Complete story »

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 »

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