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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 14, 2020 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Take a step back from wind energy development in Albany County

I read Lynn Woodard’s guest op-ed in last week’s Boomerang, in which he argues against scrutiny of the proposed wind project near Tie Siding. In fact his piece shows why a moratorium is essential. Let’s recap: Woodard is married to a person who got a big ranch for free, by inheriting it from her parents, who got it for free by inheriting from theirs, and so on. Yet despite the zero upfront cost, the generous acreage and the minimal property . . . Complete story »


March 12, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Planning commission takes no action on wind moratorium

The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission chose to take no action on passing a wind energy development moratorium at its Wednesday afternoon meeting. The discussion came after a February 12 meeting in which many Albany County residents showed up to encourage the planning commission to pass a moratorium on wind energy development. The moratorium was proposed in order to allow the commission time to examine the county’s wind energy development regulations and make changes to modernize them. The existing . . . Complete story »


March 9, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Rocky Mountain Power seeks rate increase

The overall 1.1 percent rate hike proposed by the company would generate $7.1 million to support new wind energy projects and transmission lines, among other investments in Wyoming as part of its Energy Vision 2020 — a renewable energy initiative launched in 2017. Complete story »


March 7, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Senate talk putting wind blades to bed in Wyoming coal mines

CASPER, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate discussed House Bill 129 which would allow retired wind turbine blades and shells to be disposed in abandoned coal mines in the state during their Friday, March 6 floor session. Senate District 09 Senator Chris Rothfuss said that “we have an incredible opportunity” to use the turbine blades as back-fill in coal mines being reclaimed in the Powder River Basin. “This is just the shells and the blades which are inert and innocuous,” Rothfuss said, . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Possible ban on wind turbine disposal in Wyoming pushed back to 2024

CASPER, Wyo. – House Bill 217 aims to ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in Wyoming landfills. Under the proposal, the blades could be discarded at facilities which reuse, recycle, break down or repurpose the blades. The original version of the bill would have put the proposed rules into effect on July 1, 2020 if the legislation were to be signed into law. House District 58 Representative Pat Sweeney proposed an amendment to the bill on Tuesday, Feb. 25 that . . . Complete story »


February 24, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Bald eagles made a comeback, but golden eagles face an uncertainty

In the 1960s, after years of bald eagles dropping dead across the country due to DDT, the creatures were listed as endangered. If nothing changed with pesticide use, researchers said, bald eagles would simply cease to exist in many areas. Golden eagles, on the other hand, never faced that kind of crisis point. Bald eagles subsisted off of fish and waterfowl that ate insects infected with DDT. Golden eagles ate rabbits and prairie dogs. Their numbers had diminished – the . . . Complete story »


February 18, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Albany County residents ask for moratorium on wind projects

LARAMIE – Residents of Albany County and Laramie business owners gathered at the county Planning and Zoning Commission Board meeting last week to encourage the board to vote for a moratorium on wind energy applications in Albany County. The purpose of the moratorium, as expressed by the residents during the Feb. 12 meeting, is to give the county a chance to evaluate and revise its wind energy regulations. The matter of wind regulations arose as residents found out about the Rail . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County residents propose a wind energy moratorium

Residents of Albany County and Laramie business owners gathered at the county Planning and Zoning Commission Board meeting Wednesday to encourage the board to vote for a moratorium on wind energy applications in Albany County. The purpose of the moratorium, as expressed by the residents, is to give the county a chance to evaluate and revise its wind energy regulations. The matter of wind regulations arose as residents found out about the Rail Tie Wind Project. Complete story »


February 14, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Bill to penalize utilities for renewable energy returns to Wyoming Legislature, quickly fails

Wyoming lawmakers proposed a bill this week that would have penalized utility companies for using renewable energy sources to supply electricity to ratepayers. Sponsored by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate File 125 would have required energy utilities to provide 95 percent of their electricity from a restricted list of energy sources by 2021 and 100 percent by 2022. The list included coal, oil and natural gas – the state’s primary economic engines – but notably omitted utility-scale wind and solar power. Under . . . Complete story »


February 14, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

House agrees to take up bill banning Wyoming wind blade disposal

CASPER, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives agreed to the introduction of a bill that would ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in the state. The House passed the introduction of the bill as part of a consent list vote on Thursday, Feb. 13. The vote was 50-9. House District 59 Representative Bunky Loucks and Senate District 28: Senator Jim Anderson are sponsoring the bill. House Bill 217 would make it a misdemeanor to dispose of such blades in . . . Complete story »


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