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Wind Power News: Washington


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 »

March 22, 2018 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

EFSEC hears update on Desert Claim wind project

The state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council heard a update on a proposal to reduce the size of the Desert Claim wind project near Ellensburg on Tuesday, but didn’t take action. The project was originally approved for site certification in 2010 to develop 95 wind turbines on approximately 5,200 acres, with the capability to produce 190 megawatts of electricity. In February, Desert Claim Wind Power LLC submitted an amendment request to EFSEC to build a smaller project that would use . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

EFSEC to meet Tuesday in Ellensburg

The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will meet at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Kittitas County Event Center. Included on the agenda are discussions of the TUUSSO Energy solar wind farm proposals and the Desert Claim wind farm. TUUSSO Energy applied for a site certification agreement from EFSEC to construct and operate five solar arrays and two generation tie lines in Kittitas County. Collectively the installations would span 200 acres of leased land and are known as the Columbia . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal would reduce size of Desert Claim wind farm

A not-yet-built wind farm north of Ellensburg may be smaller than earlier proposed. Desert Claim Wind Power LLC, which is owned and managed by EDF Renewable Energy, has filed an application with the state Energy Site Facility Evaluation Council to build a smaller project. The wind power project was approved in 2010 by then Gov. Chris Gregoire, but never built. It originally was slated to have 95 turbines. An amendment request filed with the state last week proposes a smaller . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2018 • Montana, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change: What will power the Northwest’s future?

MARTINSDALE, Mont. – Carl Borgquist wants to spend more than $1 billion to transform a remote butte fringed by pine trees into a giant water battery. This might seem a madman’s folly if not for the roller-coaster nature of wind and solar power production, which can soar when few need electricity, then fade in the evenings when people come home to turn on the lights. When demand is low, Borquist would store energy in the form of water pumped from a . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2018 • Vermont, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Carbon tax fails — again — in Washington

Dive Brief: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax has stalled again, this time because the measure lacked enough votes in the state Senate, where Democrats hold an advantage. Proposed in January, the tax would have been set initially at $20/ton, rising annually by an inflation-adjusted 3.5%. The tax would have brought in more than $3 billion over the next four years, bill supporters estimated. While Inslee and supporters of the tax are confident there will eventually be a cost on . . . Complete story »

Lawmakers from 9 states vow to put a price on carbon

Dive Brief: Lawmakers in nine states have formed a coalition to strengthen their efforts at tackling climate issues at the state level, seeking to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions while searching for market-based solutions. Only California has an economy-wide tax on carbon, and some form of that appears to be where the coalition is headed – even if all of the states involved are not on board. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) is opposed to a carbon tax and this . . . Complete story »

February 1, 2018 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

A Washington State carbon tax: All pain, no gain

With respect to Washington governor Jay Inslee’s renewed proposal for a “carbon” tax on that state’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, a number to keep closely in mind is: 2/1000 of a degree. That would be the global temperature effect in the year 2100 if Washington were to reduce its GHG emissions to zero immediately. That figure comes from the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate model, under a set of assumptions that exaggerate the effects of emissions reductions. Obviously, the effect of the . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2018 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Letter: A Clarification on Black Hills Audubon Stance Toward Wind Project

We at Black Hills Audubon appreciate the generally excellent article in The Chronicle by Jordan Nailon concerning our views and concerns about the proposed Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project. However, our potential support for the project is conditional, so the headline, “Black Hills Audubon Society Backs Skookumchuck Wind Turbine Project, Notes Concerns,” appears to overstate our position. As the article states later, we are willing to support wind energy projects conditional that sufficient mitigation is provided for the protection of birds . . . Complete story »

January 13, 2018 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Black Hills Audubon Society backs Skookumchuck wind turbine project, notes concerns

A controversial proposal to erect 38 wind power turbines near the Lewis-Thurston county line has a surprising supporter in its corner – the Black Hills Audubon Society. The electricity-generating wind turbines are known to cause deaths to birds who fail to navigate outside of the path of the spinning blades. Those blades can reach up to 486 feet in rotational diameter while sitting atop a pole that can stand up to 344 feet on its own. Nationally, wind power turbines have . . . Complete story »

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