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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.

October 30, 2017 • Colorado, Nevada, Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Energy Blend: Status of controversial 725-mile super highway for wind power unknown for Moffat County landowners

Since receiving federal approval in December, the TransWest Express Transmission Project still has several hurdles to clear before construction on the 725-mile line can begin. Amid tough economic times for Moffat County, the project promises a short-term boom of construction jobs and much-needed property tax revenues – to the tune of between $600,000 to $900,000, annually – once the line is up and running, according to a fact sheet from TransWest. But when, exactly, that will occur depends upon how quickly TransWest . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2017 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Nevada governor vetoes renewable bill in setback for advocates

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill late Friday that would have boosted the state’s renewable energy target, dealing a setback for clean-energy advocates looking for state action after President Donald Trump said he would pull the U.S. from the Paris climate pact. The legislation required that 40 percent of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2030, up from the current target of 25 percent by 2025. The Nevada Resort Association, a casino trade group, called the . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2017 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

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 . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2017 • California, Letters, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power’s dirty little secret: dead eagles

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 . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2017 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer pulls plug on proposed wind farm near Searchlight

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 . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2017 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer kills Obama-era project hobbled by greens’ lawsuit

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 . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2017 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists just killed a wind farm near Las Vegas

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 . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2017 • Blogs, California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Searchlight Wind project retreats, but future of wildlands remains in doubt

The Searchlight Wind project threatening wildlands in Nevada’s Piute Valley has been cancelled, according to Basin & Range Watch communication with the Bureau of Land Management.  The Searchlight Wind project would have converted nearly 29 square miles of wildlands into an industrial zone, with 87 towering wind turbines and at least 35 miles of new access roads carved into the desert around the small outpost of Searchlight.  The project suffered legal setbacks after Basin & Range Watch and the Friends . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2017 • Blogs, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Cancellation of Searchlight Wind project protects tortoises and golden eagles

April 19, 2017 – Crews are now removing the wind testing meteorological (MET) towers for the Searchlight Wind Project which was proposed to be located on public lands in the Piute Valley about 50 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office, the agency is now in the process of closing the application for the project, 18 months after a federal judge voided the federal approvals for the project because . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2016 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

California’s energy needs could boost Nevada

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 . . . Complete story »

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