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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.


December 9, 2016 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Report: Costly wind turbines projected to yield $1.39 in daily savings

A small Washington state city spent more than $100,000 on three “windmill-like turbines” – but any hopes for big savings appear to be blowing in the wind. The Peninsula Daily News reported that the Port Angeles turbines, which haven’t yet been turned on, are expected to generate $1.39 per day in electricity, or roughly $42 per month. The turbines were meant to help illuminate a local park. Now, some city council members are having second thoughts about their unanimous approval . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2016 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines generating regret; $100,000 turbines to create $1.50 in electricity monthly

PORT ANGELES – Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park. The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them. Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power – $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings – that at least one council member is regretting her decision to purchase them. They have not been activated because . . . Complete story »


November 11, 2016 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Washington carbon tax goes down in flames

Voters in Washington state rejected a proposal to implement America’s first carbon tax by a wide margin on Election Day, in a stinging rebuke to climate hawks seeking a breakthrough in one of the country’s most environmentally conscious states. The result left carbon-tax supporters to pick up the pieces following a bruising campaign that divided the state’s environmentalists and local Democrats, many of whom questioned the plan’s fiscal impact and lack of funding for renewables. Supporters sought to frame the . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2016 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project proposed for Thurston, Lewis counties

A 52-turbine wind energy project called Skookumchuck Wind Energy has been pitched for the southeast corner of Thurston County and northeast Lewis County. The project has been proposed by the U.S. division of Renewable Energy Systems, also known as RES Americas, headquartered in Colorado. A company representative could not be reached Wednesday. “The proposal to develop the project is in response to increasing demands for electricity and the requirement under Washington state law that utilities meet a defined portion of . . . Complete story »


April 28, 2016 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Solar, wind have big drawbacks

It is time for the solar and wind power industry and its supporters to start accepting the cold, hard facts of the downsides of their products. Solar and wind supply electricity generation when the resource (e.g. sun or wind) is available, but they do not supply capacity that can be relied on to provide electricity. Even when solar/wind produce power, it must be used as it is produced, since you cannot store more than very small amounts of electricity in . . . Complete story »


March 2, 2016 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Gone with the wind

It seems that we, the ratepayers, have no oversight for the PUD commissioners. They can do whatever they want. The construction of the wind farm is an example. It has cost us hundreds of million dollars without our consent. We need to file a freedom of information act request to find out all the true facts. These commissioners are not going to give this information to us. We were forced to pay big time and will never see the end . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2016 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Woeful wind

The lies just keep coming. The PUD commissioners want people to forget they sold us on wind power without a vote. They said they were going to sell this wind power to California and had a contract to do this. Fact of the matter is they did not. They failed to vet the contract, and California backed out and bought surplus power from BPA. We are stuck with using the wind power, this happens with lies and more lies. M.L. . . . Complete story »


January 28, 2016 • Idaho, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy loses some of its breezy allure

While the flurry of wind farm creation that occurred across the Pacific Northwest for the better part of the last decade has subsided, proponents of wind energy say it’s still important for utility companies and other energy experts to keep finding ways to more effectively harness the wind. “Things have fallen a little steady across the Pacific Northwest as it relates to wind energy,” says Cliff W. Gilmore, communications director for Portland-based Renewable Northwest, an agency that advocates renewable energy . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2016 • Letters, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill-generated power lowest since 2005

This is a summary for the year 2015 of the windmill-generated power in the Dayton/Pomeroy area, including the wind farms Hopkins Ridge, Marengo, Lower Snake and Tucannon. There were four extended periods, each lasting a week or more, during which there was no wind at all, and the National Weather Service was issuing daily “air stagnation” alerts. These four periods were in mid-January, early March, late November, and late December (extending to the present). There was one really long period, . . . Complete story »


A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . . Complete story »


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