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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.

January 11, 2018 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines still problematic for wildlife

Justyna Tomta’s article on the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project (Dec. 16, 2017) states that “Questions on the effects the turbines would have on the marbled murrelet were also raised, leading to the change in plans.” The concerns of the Black Hills Audubon Society (which represents members in Lewis, Thurston, and Mason counties) as well as the Willapa Hills and Rainier Audubon Societies expressed in a meeting with RES-Americas about the marbled murrelet (a state-endangered seabird that nests far inland) are . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2017 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Bird and bat deaths not worth output of wind turbines

We wish to commend Ms. Maria Ruth, for pointing out the perilous conditions for the rare “murrelet nesting habitat on private and federal lands. RES-Americas’ own radar surveys of marbled murrelets in the project area estimate a take of two to three murrelets per year for the next 30 years.” She points out that even these small “takes” are devilishly problematic. Developers commonly express inadequate actual “takes”, and never to our understanding, outline proper mitigation plans, nor the rape of . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns about bird deaths due to wind turbines remain after project changes

In response to Chronicle reporter Justyna Tomtas’s article, “In updated plan, all 38 wind turbines to be built in Lewis County,” I’d like to offer some clarity on RES-Americas’ recent decision to reduce the scope of the project. The article states that “the turbines potential to ‘take’ – either kill or threaten birds – was also raised (to RES-Americas)” and that “questions on the effects the turbines would have on the marbled murrelet were also raised, leading to the change in plans.” . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2017 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

In updated plan, 38 wind turbines to be located in Lewis County

The Skookumchuck Wind Energy project continues to move forward, although the parameters have changed again, with all of the 38 turbines located in Lewis County as part of updated plans. Sean Bell, senior development manager of RES Americas, provided a brief update to the Board of Lewis County Commissioners on Monday. Once completed, the wind turbines are expected to produce 136.9 megawatts of renewable energy. Once it is developed, it will be sold to Puget Sound Energy, Bell said. The . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2017 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine project for Thurston/Lewis counties moves forward

The Skookumchuck wind energy project, first pitched in Thurston County more than a year ago, continues to inch its way through the land-use process. A Colorado-based company called RES Americas proposes to build 51 wind turbines on Weyerhaeuser property, near the Skookumchuck reservoir, that straddles the Thurston-Lewis county line. The company, which has long worked with Puget Sound Energy, has said it intends to “interconnect” with the utility. A memorandum of understanding was recently approved by Lewis County Commissioners designating . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2017 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

51-Turbine Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project moves forward

Thurston County is requesting proposals for qualified firms to prepare a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for review of a planned 51-turbine wind-powered electrical generation project on 19,654-acres of land that straddles the Thurston and Lewis county boundary, less than 7 miles southwest from Clear Lake. The wind turbines would be located on Weyerhaeuser timber lands east and south of Skookumchuck Lake. The proposal by Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project LLC includes a 5-acre operations and maintenance yard, a 15-mile electrical . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2017 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners approve memorandum for Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project

As a project moves forward to build a wind energy generation facility in Lewis and Thurston counties, the Board of Lewis County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding on Monday that lays out the roles of each agency involved in the project. The Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project LLC is looking to site, permit, construct and operate a wind energy generation facility equipped with windmills. Lee Napier, the county’s community development director, said the proposal continues to evolve, but stated that . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2017 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Tax-and-dividend plan is a scheme

The Bonneville Power Administration is responsible for power grid balancing in this area, and its figures show that hydroelectric generation is, at almost all times both day and night, greater than the area’s demand. Effectively, we are getting 100 percent of our electricity from dams, and there is still some left over, which we are sending to (among other places) British Columbia, so that Citizen’s Climate Lobby (A genius plan on climate change, U-B June 28) can claim that other . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2017 • California, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

BPA stops wind power generation for the first time in four years

Northwest rivers are running high as all that winter snowpack melts into spring runoff. And that means the region is producing too much of a good thing: carbon-free, renewable energy in the form of both dam-generated hydropower along with electricity from spinning wind-farm turbines. That’s prompted the federal government to take an action it avoided during the last four years of drought conditions: shutting down wind power. That’s something the Bonneville Power Administration did each spring from 2010 to 2012, . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Port Angeles wind turbine spires turning; design, not power, main point

PORT ANGELES – After six months of standing motionless, the city’s $107,517 wind turbine spires are finally spinning. They are ready to generate an estimated $1.85 a day in electricity but, more importantly, are actively adding a pleasing visual ingredient to West End Park, a city official said. City Manager Dan McKeen said the curved blades on the three vertical turbines began turning Wednesday as the city ended a safety-inspection dispute with the spires’ manufacturer, Urban Green Energy Inc. of New . . . Complete story »

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