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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 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 »


December 26, 2017 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Firm studying Scofield area as wind farm site

Carbon County officials have approved a conditional use permit for EDP Renewables-Castle Valley Wind Farm to erect the first of two temporary meteorological or “met” towers near Scofield. Approval of the permit follows a favorable recommendation by the county planning commission, and a public hearing held during the regular commission meeting of Dec. 20. No comments were received at the public hearing. Director of Carbon County Building, Zoning, and Planning Todd Thorne told the commissioners the purpose of the towers . . . Complete story »


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 »


September 29, 2017 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Stung over bias claims with Wyoming wind project, Rocky Mountain Power now seeks renewable energy ideas in Utah

Rocky Mountain Power will now seek proposals for solar projects in Utah and other states to quell accusations that it showed bias in its recent choices on new power-generation investments. Company spokesman David Eskelsen said Thursday the state’s largest provider of electricity will issue its call for new solar proposals in the next 4-6 weeks, while it considers bids to construct the more than 1,100 megawatts of wind generation the company hopes to develop, primarily in Wyoming. State regulators had . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2017 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm has paid $2.2 million in property tax

The Latigo Wind Farm, located just north of Monticello city limits, continues to be a source of controversy among some in San Juan County. Two years ago, construction crews were working day and night to install the wind farm, a 60 MW project just north of Monticello. The massive blades of the 27-turbine project can be viewed for miles in many directions. At night, the blinking lights on about one half of the towers make the project visible 24 hours . . . Complete story »


June 23, 2016 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Towering wind turbines generate controversy, income in Monticello, Utah

It was nearly two decades in the making, yet took just a couple months to build, forever changing the landscape of the Southeast Utah high desert, and altering the culture of a small rural town. “What’s happening here, yet again, is an unexpected Old West/New West alliance that is becoming less of a surprise each time it happens,” Canyon Country Zephyr founder Jim Stiles wrote in a column. Stiles is referring to the 27 newly erected wind turbines on the . . . Complete story »


May 14, 2016 • Colorado, Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM advances Wyoming-to-Utah project to spur renewables

The Bureau of Land Management is advancing a major multistate transmission line project that the Obama administration considers a top priority in its ongoing efforts to develop wind and solar power in the West. BLM announced yesterday it has completed a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 416-mile-long Gateway South Transmission Line Project, which is proposed by PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power and has been under federal review since 2008. The proposed route in the final EIS would stretch from . . . 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 »


February 17, 2016 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Wind firm seeks to smooth property tax payments

The company that has developed a 27-turbine wind farm north of Monticello is seeking the cooperation of taxing entities to “smooth out” their tax payments over the 20-year life of the project. Representatives from sPower outlined the proposal at the February 9 meeting of the San Juan School Board. Representatives from other taxing entities in San Juan County also attended the meeting. The wind farm, with an estimated value of up to $125 million, is expected to generate more than . . . Complete story »


January 13, 2016 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Wind park lawsuit filed

A lawsuit has been filed against San Juan County by a group of property owners who oppose the Latigo Wind Park. Members of the Northern Monticello Alliance (NMA) own property within an 80-acre parcel in the middle of the wind park. On January 7, the group filed suit in Seventh District Court to stop a recent San Juan County decision that allowed the project to proceed. They ask that the county decision be declared null and void. The $125 million . . . Complete story »


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