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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

April 12, 2024 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Measuring the sound of silence

In an area where the tallest structures are grain elevators, industrial wind turbines are more than simply a disturbance to the rural skyline. They are transformative. Modern turbines are 600 to 650 feet tall. They change a rural landscape into an urban one. As one neighbor put it, “If I wanted to look at tall buildings and blinking lights I’d move to the city.” Modern wind turbines are taller than the Space Needle, twice the height of downtown Spokane’s Bank . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2024 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Plans to build Washington’s largest wind farm held up again amid local controversy

Nestled between the Yakima Valley and the Columbia River in southeast Washington, the fate of a wind-whipped range of hills has been subject to a yearslong dispute about energy, tourism, the past and the future. That stretch of land in wine country near the Tri-Cities may become home to the state’s largest wind farm, dotting miles of rolling hillside with more than 100 white turbines. In 2021, Colorado-based company Scout Clean Energy asked the state for permission to build the . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2024 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Bill addresses concerns over tall wind turbines and aerial firefighting

A bill aimed at balancing interests between wind turbine farms and aerial firefighting efforts is moving ahead in Olympia. Rep. Stephanie Barnard, R-Pasco, says committee passage of House Bill 2117, co-sponsored by Rep. Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick, is a huge milestone. “We are projected to have more wildfires than ever in the coming years and the place where you put wind turbines is the place where it’s windy and you get fire,” Barnard told The Center Square. “Those go on the . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2024 • Washington, Print storyE-mail story

Last meeting on proposed HH Hills wind farm coming Jan. 24th

For over three years, there has been a battle raging over a massive proposed wind farm project that would wind its way for nearly 50 miles along the spine of the Horse Heaven Hills south of Finley and Kennewick. Now, the ‘final’ committee meeting is coming. Citizens have a chance to sign a petition (below) against the project (link). EFSEC set to send draft proposal to Governor The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is slated to meet January 24th, . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2023 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

The need to reduce light pollution from wind energy facilities is real

The debate over alternative energy facilities, including the massive windmills that decorate eastern rural Washington is nothing new. It’s a debate that continues to stir emotions on both sides of the equation. You may recall the legislation I introduced last year that would have allowed rural communities to have a voice in the clean energy facility siting process. Developing a solid strategy to create a quality, clean, and transmittable energy grid for both the short- and long-term is essential for . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2023 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Originally limited to 115 speakers, wind farm hearing opened to 1,000+

Far more people are eligible to speak at a public hearing next week on the proposed Horse Heaven wind farm just south of Kennewick and Benton City than the 115 people a state agency originally said. Incorrect information was released because a key staff member keeping records that showed who could speak was on leave, according to the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on Thursday. Now the agency says anyone who commented on one or more specific issues . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2023 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

WA Gov. Inslee signs bill limiting wind turbine lights, but vetoes local control

Wind turbine farms in Washington state will be required to turn their blinking red lights off at night when no low-flying aircraft are near after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the requirement into law Tuesday. The bill will take effect July 1 for new wind farms. Existing wind farms in Washington with at least five or more turbines must apply to the Federal Aviation Administration by Jan. 1, 2028, for approval of a lighting system that detects approaching aircraft and have . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2023 • Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers crack down on wind-turbine lights that flash all night

For pilots flying over rural America, a string of red lights flashing along the horizon is a warning that there might be a wind farm ahead. But for many residents on the ground, the lights are an eyesore that has ruined their view of the night sky and disrupted the bucolic stillness that defined their counties. “Imagine … red blinking stoplights…every night, all night long … and not in sync,” Gayla Randel, who can see the lights on more than . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2023 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Washington lawmaker’s bill to limit Washington wind turbine lights goes too far, companies say

The 2,000 wind turbines already standing in Washington state should not be required to install systems that limit their blinking red lights at night, said supporters of renewable energy at a legislative hearing Friday. But they did not object to requiring new wind power projects, such as the one proposed just south of the Tri-Cities, to install systems that turn on lights only when aircraft flying at low elevations are near. House Bill 1173, sponsored by Rep. April Connors, R-Kennewick, . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2023 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Eastern WA lawmaker proposes law to limit ‘eyesore’ of blinking red wind turbine lights

Wind turbines would no longer be allowed have continuously blinking red lights at night under a bill proposed by new Washington state Rep. April Connors, R-Kennewick. Several states already require Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems for wind turbines that only turn lights on to alert low-flying airplanes as they draw near and then shut off when they have passed. The legislation, if approved, would apply to the Horse Heaven wind farm proposed for just south of the Tri-Cities along the Horse . . . Complete story »

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