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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.

October 22, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming wind farm on track to clear another regulatory hurdle

In the summer of 2007, an independent energy company installed a meteorological tower to test the wind conditions on a ranch in Carbon County. The results revealed what most residents living in and around Rawlins already knew: The site boasted ferocious wind speeds, making it an ideal spot to build one of the country’s most ambitious wind farms. Now, over a decade later, Power Company of Wyoming LLC has moved one step closer to clearing a final environmental requirement needed . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM advances final phase of massive Wyo. wind project

The Bureau of Land Management has completed evaluation of the final phase of a massive Wyoming wind energy project that when built will be the largest power-producing wind farm in North America. The environmental assessment (EA) released today analyzes a site-specific plan of development for the final 396 wind turbines that make up Phase II of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in southeast Wyoming. BLM approved the plan for the project’s first 500 wind turbines in the . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project’s future in question

The future of a planned wind project between Albany and Carbon counties is now in question. The result of that could mean the loss of $5 million “impact assistance” funding that governments in Carbon and Albany counties were set to receive from the state. That funding is provided from the state to local governments to offset the impact on social services of big industrial projects like wind farms. “At this point, it’s my understanding the project has ceased or stopped . . . Complete story »

October 14, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer to pay $3.1 million to local governments

State officials decided Thursday that a wind developer will need to contribute $3.1 million to the governments of Rock River, Laramie and Albany County to offset the impact on public services created by a $1 billion wind project on the border of Albany and Carbon counties. The project is expected to employ 400 workers during 2022, according to an application for an industrial development permit filed with the Department of Environmental Quality in July. Rock River will receive $1.6 million, . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Casper Regional Landfill now taking in hundreds of decommissioned wind turbine blades

CARBON COUNTY – Hundreds of wind turbine blades from three Wyoming wind farms (one in Glenrock, Wyo. and two in Saratoga, Wyo.) will be disposed of in Casper until next spring. Nearly 1,000 blades from those three wind farms have to be buried in the Casper Regional Landfill due to the fact that they are un-recyclable as they are made of fiberglass. Newer turbine blades aren’t made from that type of material and can be recycled, but the blades being . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

The oil money fueling America’s biggest— and costliest—wind farm

Over his 60-year career Phil Anschutz has owned oilfields, railroads, fiber-optic networks, tungsten mines, movie theaters and even a pancake manufacturer. He owns the L.A. Kings NHL team, nearly a third of the NBA’s Lakers, and the Staples Center, where they both play. He runs the Coachella music festival, The O2 arena in London and The Broadmoor, the historic 784-room hotel in Colorado Springs. He bankrolled the Chronicles of Narnia movies and was backing Michael Jackson’s comeback tour when the . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County permits on hold for wind farm projects, pending additional information

CARBON COUNTY – Lingering in the permitting process, two wind farm projects are slated for review by the Carbon County Commission in mid October. Dubbed Lucky Star and Two Rivers, the wind farm projects were proposed by BluEarth Renewables, a Canada-based power producer, and scheduled to be built on private and federal land straddling the line between Carbon and Albany counties. BluEarth’s request for conditional use permits in Carbon County were tabled at the commission’s Sept. 17 meeting, pending a request . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Casper Regional Landfill begins burying turbine blades

One wind farm in Glenrock and two from the Saratoga area have partnered with the Casper Regional Landfill to dispose of their old wind turbine blades. More than 900 blades will be brought to the landfill beginning now until the end of next spring. The Casper Solid Waste Manager, Cynthia Langston, said that though most turbine blades can be reused, there are some that are simply un-recyclable. “Ninety percent of the turbines are completely reclaimed, recycled, and reused, but there . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Amid wind boom, town of Medicine Bow loses mayor and acting mayor in 24-hour span

If you’re looking for examples of small government in Wyoming, towns like Medicine Bow, population 267, undoubtedly set the standard. The community – known primarily for its role as a setting in Owen Wister’s seminal 1902 Western epic “The Virginian” – has never counted more than a few hundred people living together on this patch of high desert halfway between Casper and Laramie, a low-slung community of squat, single-story structures and the famed Virginian Hotel at its center. But the paradigm in . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commission finds wind farm applications incomplete

RAWLINS – Citing issues with interconnectivity and BLM permitting, the Carbon County Commission on Tuesday found Conditional Use Permit applications submitted on behalf of Two Rivers and Lucky Star wind farms incomplete. Despite completing the permitting process earlier this year in Albany County, BluEarth Renewables, a Canada-based power producer heading both projects, has yet to submit a permitting application with the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM owns parcels of property underneath the proposed routes, which, combined, is set to . . . Complete story »

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