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Wind Power News: Utah


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 7, 2021 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Summit County officials file conflict disclosure forms

Robinson owns hundreds of thousands of acres of land, with roughly 10,000 acres under contract to create the first wind farm in Summit County on land near the Wyoming border. He listed his membership on various boards and commissions, including the Utah Local Government Trust, which provides insurance to the county, according to the disclosure. He also chairs the Central Wasatch Commission, to which the county has paid at least $200,000 since 2013 and which is tasked with determining transportation and land conservation solutions for the Central Wasatch Range. Complete story »

January 31, 2021 • U.S., UtahPrint storyE-mail story

The dark side of ‘green energy’ and its threat to the nation’s environment

Wind farms and massive arrays of solar panels are cropping up across public and private landscapes both in the United States and abroad as users increasingly turn to “green energy” as their preferred flavor of electricity. President Joe Biden, in fact, has directed the Interior Department to identify suitable places to host 20 gigawatts of new energy from sun, wind or geothermal resources by 2024 as part of a sweeping effort to move away from a carbon-based economy and electrical . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2019 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

First-of-a-kind U.S. grid cyberattack hit wind, solar

A Utah renewable energy developer was hit by a first-of-its-kind cyberattack that briefly cut contact to a dozen wind and solar farms this spring, according to documents obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act. Salt Lake City-based sPower suffered “denial of service” attacks on March 5 that left grid operators temporarily blinded to generation sites totaling 500 megawatts, the documents show. Hackers did not cause any blackouts or generation outages, according to sPower, which says it’s the . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2019 • Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm nears approval on land owned by County Councilor Chris Robinson

Summit County’s first wind farm is moving toward approval and a public hearing Thursday will likely result in the developers being granted the permit they need to start building. The project is on the far east side of the county, nearer to Evanston, Wyoming, than to any Utah population center. Eastern Summit County Planning Commission Chair Tom Clyde said he’s surprised there hasn’t been more public interest in the project, with a previous scheduled public hearing sparsely attended. “It seems . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2019 • Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

East Side weighs 22,000-square-foot homes in Promontory, and a wind farm near Wyoming

An effort to increase limits on home sizes to 22,000 square feet in a proposed neighborhood in the Promontory development failed to gain the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission’s recommendation last week, with Commissioners saying it would need to wait for action from the County Council. The Summit County Council and Planning Commission have taken up the issue seven times between them, with an eighth scheduled in August. The developer is requesting an amendment to the original developer’s agreement to . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2019 • Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm is being considered for Summit County

Summit County hosted a public meeting to outline a proposed wind farm development for an area in northern Summit County near the Wyoming border. Predictions suggest the farm would produce enough energy to power thousands of homes. The meeting was well attended by curiosity seekers wanting to know more details about the project. Summit County Development Director, Pat Putt says the construction of the wind farm would have to be approved through a conditional use permit. He says they would . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • Utah, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County’s first wind farm to get public airing June 27 in Coalville

Summit County might be getting its first wind farm. The project would be on the far east side of the county, about seven miles southwest of the nearest population center, Evanston, Wyoming. Emily Skill, a project developer with the firm that’s shepherding the project through the approval process, Enyo Renewable Energy, said the folks in Evanston will be able to see the turbines. But since the project is in Summit County, it has to pass through the planning process here. . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2019 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Echo Canyon may soon have a wind farm

The drive between Coalville and Evanston may soon feature an additional view of wind turbines. Summit County received a conditional use permit application for a wind farm in Echo Canyon. Summit County Development Director Pat Putt says they’ve been in conversations, planning and engineering the farm with Echo Divide Wind for almost two years. “What they’re proposing to do is to build 100-megawatt wind farm in Echo Canyon, along I-80 just inside the Utah state line,” Putt continued. “About seven . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2018 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Judge issues $50M judgment against ‘abusive’ Utah solar scheme

SALT LAKE CITY – A federal judge has issued a $50 million judgment against a pair of Utah men and their solar energy companies, leveling an injunction that prohibits any more business dealings of that nature. The injunction and order issued by U.S. District Judge David Nuffer on Thursday holds defendants RaPower-3, International Automated Systems, R. Gregory Shepard and Neldon Johnson responsible both jointly and severally, for $50,025,480. That amount is what the court said the U.S. Treasury was defrauded out . . . 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 »

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