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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.

August 11, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blades in coal mine pits? There’s a new law in Wyoming to allow it.

Wind energy companies will have the option of using decommissioned wind turbine blades as backfill material when reclaiming surface coal mine sites soon, thanks to a new bill signed into law earlier this year. But first, the state needs to set the rules. Wyoming environmental regulators gathered input on draft rules related to the new law with the Land Quality Division Advisory Board on Thursday. The public and industry representatives had the opportunity to weigh in. Back in March, the . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Rail Tie Wind Project an unethical endeavor

Advocates of the 26,000-acre Rail Tie Wind Project claim it will promote energy self-sufficiency. This could not be farther from the truth. The considerable energy, materials, labor, and environmental damage involved in producing and installing a wind “farm” occur on top of a preexisting power infrastructure that it will not and cannot replace. Turbines cannot produce sufficient constant power to replace conventional power plants. To prevent regular black- and brown-outs, power plants must continue operation in addition to the turbines, . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Albany County declines to recommend sweeping wind energy regulations, for now

The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission will not recommend sweeping changes to wind energy regulations in the near-term, voting instead last week to support minimal amendments proposed by the county’s planning department. On Wednesday morning, the commission held a special session to consider existing wind energy development guidelines. The meeting came in response to some landowners’ opposition to a potential wind energy project proposed for the southeast part of the county. During its June 10 planning and zoning meeting, . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County planning board punts on stringent wind energy development regs proposal

Albany County’s planning and zoning board moved forward with recommending changes to regulations on wind energy on Wednesday designed to bring the county in line with state statute, but they haven’t ruled out even more stringent measures. The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss wind energy regulations. The topic became a matter of tension this year amid plans by ConnectGen, a renewable energy development company based out of Texas, to construct . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners should reject wind development in county

The city and county commissioners are enamored by the proposed wind turbine project. We could solve all of these wind turbine issues by building the turbines in the city and/or within a two-mile range. We can put them along the river walk trail, in city parks, university property, Ninth Street, etc. It’s a win for everyone. I just read in the editorial the other day, people in the city don’t expect to have a view and are happy without one . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

It’s time for Albany County to update wind energy regs

Several letters to this paper regarding industrial wind regulations recently have mentioned that no one is entitled to preserve “the view” at another’s expense. This is generally true (some states require wind farms to avoid despoiling the view, using setbacks and other tools). Since “the view” is a way of expressing how beautiful a community is, the “view” is something we all should have an interest in protecting. But although the degradation of the “view” is a problem it is . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County should be careful in considering wind energy development

Like all counties in Wyoming, Albany County has a comprehensive plan which guides policymakers where growth and various land uses should take place, consistent with the vision and values defined with extensive input from the public and stakeholders. The overarching theme that emerged from this process is that county residents want to keep the county rural, conserving its traditions and character, supporting agriculture, wildlife, habitat, and scenic vistas. The plan mentions over and over the importance of assuring agricultural and . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project could harm what we value most

Houston firm ConnectGen’s proposed Rail Tie Wind Project (hereafter RTWP) would consume 26,000 acres of private and state land south of Laramie for 35 years. To my knowledge, the following points have yet to be raised: 1) Eagle habitat intrusion: RTWP interrupts golden and bald eagle summer and year-round distribution areas, BLM’s West-Wide Mapping Project indicates. 2) Tanking tourism: Suggesting RTWP won’t damage tourism, ConnectGen uses Ocean City, New Jersey, as evidence—apparently oblivious that no one visits Ocean City for . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County planning board shows interest in more wind energy regulation

Albany County government could be moving toward stopping all wind energy development in the county if it adopts regulations being proposed by a Laramie law firm, a wind energy company representative said this week. The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission met Wednesday to discuss amendments to wind energy regulations. The topic became a matter of tension when ConnectGen, a renewable energy development company based out of Houston, Texas, announced plans to construct a 504-megawatt wind farm stretching across state . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Laramie City Council to consider supporting wind energy project in July

The Laramie City Council is slated to decide whether to back a wind energy development planned for a large swath of land in Albany County next month, but it heard an earful of opposition to the project during a work session Tuesday. ConnectGen, a renewable energy development company based out of Houston, Texas, is in the permitting stages of constructing a 504-megawatt wind farm stretching across state and private land on both sides of U.S. Highway 287 just south of . . . Complete story »

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