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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 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 30, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company withdraws fast-track review request for huge Tri-Cities wind farm

Scout Clean Energy has withdrawn its application to the state for expedited processing of its application to build a wind farm stretching 24 miles along the Horse Heaven Hills south of the Tri-Cities. Its application to the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will move forward, but no longer with a request to shorten the process. The state council may approve expedited processing for projects in compliance with land use plans and zoning ordinances and if the environmental impacts . . . Complete story »


March 30, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Is Tri-Cities wind farm intrusive or a lifesaver? State wants to hear from you

A state public hearing on Tuesday may turn out to be a face-off between those who welcome the proposed wind turbines south of the Tri-Cities as a step toward the nation’s clean energy future and those who see the proposed wind farm as the industrialization of the community’s skyline. It’s important that the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council hear from the public on the proposed Horse Heaven Wind Farm, said Emilie Brown, a spokeswoman for the council. The . . . Complete story »


March 29, 2021 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm will harm Tri-City tourism, devalue hydro

Gov. Jay Inslee will soon decide if the relatively new wine country of Horse Heaven Hills is a good fit for a 24-mile swath of wind turbines ranging from 500 to 670 feet high. Power from these goliaths of new wind tech will meet his clean energy goals for western Washington. It will also cause irreparable environmental and economic harm to our community for the next half century. So why here? Because they don’t want it there. Case in point: . . . Complete story »


March 28, 2021 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm a threat to scenic vistas

I live in Benton County and am opposed to the Horse Heaven Wind Farm being proposed by Scout Energy. The wind farm, as proposed, would be located on the ridges overlooking the Tri-Cities and extend for 24 miles. The windmills would be on average taller than 2 football fields vertically extended or taller than the Space Needle in Seattle. I don’t think this is what we want for our legacy for future generations. Most of us that have hiked Badger . . . Complete story »


March 27, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Family of Chehalis man killed at wind farm site settles wrongful death claim for $12 million

The family of a Chehalis wind farm worker who died last year while on the job has settled a wrongful death claim for $12 million after filing suit in King County Superior Court. Pierce County Superior Court Judge James Orlando approved the settlement to the estate of Chehalis man Jonathan F. Stringer on Feb. 26. The settlement, according to probate case documents filed in the court, is believed to be “one of the largest payments for the wrongful death of . . . Complete story »


March 26, 2021 • Press releases, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Newhouse to Inslee: Local voices must be heard on massive wind farm concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sent a letter to Governor Inslee and the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council urging state officials to listen to the local concerns with the recent Horse Heaven Wind Farm Application (ASC) for Site Certification in Benton County. “It has been brought to my attention that the applicant, Horse Heaven Wind Farm, LLC, a fully-owned subsidiary of Scout Clean Energy LLC, submitted their ASC directly to the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council,” . . . Complete story »


March 24, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Company applies to build massive solar, wind project on farmland

A state council next week will have public hearings on plans to build solar panels and erect wind turbines on thousands of acres of farmland in Benton County in south-central Washington. Scout Clean Energy of Boulder, Colo., would lease 72,295 acres. While 6,860 acres would be “permanently impacted,” the rest could remain in agricultural production, according to the company’s application to the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. The project has encountered opposition. Two county commissioners have said they oppose . . . Complete story »


March 22, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Local lawmakers oppose wind farm project; say decision-making needs to be made locally

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. – Some local lawmakers said they’re against the Horse Heaven Wind Farm project – a renewable energy proposal that has stirred up tons of controversy within the community. “I do oppose this proposition and have been working with local citizens and elected officials to do everything I can to keep it from happening in our area,” 8th District State Representative Brad Klippert said. The project, led by Scout Clean Energy, would put up to 244 wind turbines across 24 . . . Complete story »


March 20, 2021 • Editorials, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

On wind turbine plan, WA Gov. Inslee should listen to Tri-Cities

The thought of turning our beloved Horse Heaven Hills into a pin cushion for massive wind turbines breaks the hearts of most Tri-Citians. Yet, in the end, will our sadness be a factor when Gov. Jay Inslee decides whether to approve Scout Clean Energy’s application for its wind project? That’s the big question. Inslee is known for his clean-energy goals, and while we support fighting climate change and reducing carbon emissions, many of us in Eastern Washington are tired of . . . Complete story »


March 18, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Tri-Cities residents call proposed wind farm an eyesore

A huge wind farm planned to stretch along the Horse Heaven Hills just south of the Tri-Cities would be a blight on the community, speaker after speaker said Tuesday at a town hall meeting. Scout Clean Energy of Colorado has applied to the state of Washington for a permit to build the Horse Heaven Wind Farm project, which would include wind, solar and battery storage. Although the Benton County Commission only has input into a state decision on whether to . . . Complete story »


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