Wind Power News: Nevada
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.
How the tortoise became politicized; Energy developers, activists for threatened species still searching for a happy medium
The desert tortoise’s lobbyists are well-known to solar developers and the country’s largest utility. They have successfully battled wind farms and rancher Cliven Bundy. As a threatened species, the squat land crawler continually frustrates developers and engages environmentalists as a rallying symbol. After years of litigation, a Virginia-based company confirmed in late April that it was abandoning a project to build 87 wind turbines in Searchlight because of environmental concerns over the golden eagle and the desert tortoise. It’s typically . . .
Your April 26 story, “Developer pulls plug on proposed wind farm near Searchlight,” should have probably included a subhead stating, “Industry and government fraud exposed in wind farm attempt.” Conservationists took the federal Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court, arguing the agencies hadn’t adequately analyzed the impacts to federally protected species. This statement just happens to be absolutely true. Not only for this location but at every wind farm location in America because . . .
After several setbacks in court, a Virginia-based energy developer has pulled the plug on a proposed wind farm near Searchlight. Apex Clean Energy confirmed on Tuesday that it is “no longer actively pursuing the project.” The company’s website shows no developments in Nevada. In an email, Apex spokesman Dahvi Wilson said the company has taken down the towers it was using to collect weather data from the site 60 miles south of Las Vegas. “While we believe the environmental concerns . . .
A renewable energy developer is pulling the plug on a Nevada wind project championed by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada that would have been the Silver State’s largest wind farm. Charlottesville, Va.–based Apex Clean Energy is walking away from the 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project after environmental groups and some neighbors of the wind farm site filed a lawsuit challenging the venture that was approved in March 2013 by then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The Bureau of Land . . .
A renewable energy developer is moving on from a Nevada wind project after years of legal wrangling, its dreams of a 200-megawatt wind farm killed by environmentalists who successfully argued the power plant could harm golden eagles and desert tortoises. Federal officials approved the Searchlight wind farm – which would have included 87 wind turbines on public land sixty miles south of Las Vegas, near the California border – four years ago. But conservationists took the federal Bureau of Land Management and . . .
As part of a final push for clean energy in the remaining weeks of the Obama administration, the Department of the Interior approved a 728-mile power line Dec. 13 that will move wind energy from Wyoming to Southern Nevada. That wind power, which the federal agency says is enough to supply 1.8 million homes, could then be sold to Western states, especially California. California is a key market for many clean-energy projects – even beyond its borders – because of its high . . .
A federal appeals court has dismissed a Virginia energy company’s request to overturn a federal judge’s ruling last year that threw out the Obama administration’s approval of what was projected to be Nevada’s largest wind power project. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed the challenge on something of a technicality. The appeals court’s order said U.S. District Judge Miranda Du’s decision last year merely remanded approval of the 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project back to the Bureau . . .
A federal appeals court has dealt another blow to a proposed wind farm near Searchlight. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last week dismissed an appeal by Apex Clean Energy that could have saved the Virginia-based company from having to restart the lengthy environmental review process for its project. Apex wants to build 87 wind turbines, each about the height of the Planet Hollywood Resort, in four clusters spread across 9,300 acres of public land 60 . . .
In Nevada, as well as 29 states and the District of Columbia, laws require that ever-growing percentages of the electricity you use must come from wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy. Because those forms of energy are more costly and less efficient than traditional fossil fuels, however, they are often not popular choices among businesses or utilities – let alone cash-strapped energy consumers. In a free market, such a situation might encourage a green company to start re-evaluating their . . .
Nevada is mulling the future of its law requiring that some of its energy come from renewables as members of a state task force assert that the measure is no longer driving construction of new wind, solar and other clean energy projects. An advisory committee to Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force, reconvened this year by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), met yesterday to discuss strengthening the state’s renewable portfolio standard or phasing it out. It could potentially be replaced by . . .