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Wind Power News: Wyoming


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 22, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission line to carry wind energy to California clears last Wyoming hurdle

An oil and gas firm secured Friday the last of its necessary Wyoming permits for a 730-mile-high power transmission line to connect the largest proposed onshore wind development in the Rockies with power customers in the Southwest and California. The Chokecherry Sierra Madre Wind Project and TransWest Express Transmission Project – developed by subsidiaries of the Anschutz Corporation – were first proposed nearly a decade ago. The joint projects have waded through a bevy of right of ways, environmental analyses and wildlife . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Foote Creek Rim 1 wind farm redevelopment moves forward

ELK MOUNTAIN – Wind power has seen unbridled expansion for decades while questions regarding the process of land reclamation after turbines have outlived their usefulness remained unconfirmed until Tuesday. The consistent and continued expansion of wind power has left many such issues unchallenged, which made the Carbon County Commissioner’s decision regarding reclamation soil depth an important precedent. While the county set a depth for six inches of soil reclamation in the initial phases of wind development in the 1990s, the depth . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commission delays approval of wind farm CUP, cites revegetation concerns

RAWLINS – Landowners fear revegetation of perennial grasses native to the steep hill north of U.S. Interstate 80 near Arlington will be jeopardized if PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett-backed power company, doesn’t follow certain regulations. Such grasses and vegetation are key foods for area livestock and wildlife. PacifiCorp, the same company that established the Foote Creek Rim 1 wind farm near Arlington in 1995, plans to replace 68 of the area’s current turbines with just 12 units. To do so, company . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Boswell Springs wind farm halts construction

RAWLINS – Recently inflamed contract disputes between Rocky Mountain Power and Boswell Wind, LLC are likely to cause construction delays for a wind farm projected 15 miles east of Medicine Bow. Addressing the issue on Tuesday, Carbon County Commissioners discussed how the possible setback of the Boswell Springs wind farm, anticipated to erect up to 170 turbines over 21,596 acres between Albany and Carbon counties, will affect the area. The two companies, which originally entered into a 20-year contract less than . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming wind isn’t the best in the West, not if you do the math

Wyoming wind is relentless, and anyone who lives in the state knows that the perpetual irritant that makes sagebrush shiver and wind socks live horizontal is also something that can be harnessed for power. But the widespread belief that the wind here makes Wyoming the most economic place for a company to raise a turbine is not quite correct. The four best wind states – in terms of the value of the wind and the cost of developing it – . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Stifled by leadership, wind tax proponents look to voters

Proponents of a steeper wind tax in Wyoming intend to put the issue on the 2020 ballot after Speaker of the House Steve Harshman (R-Casper) refused to allow debate of bills raising the tax for the second year in a row. The ballot initiative effort predates the legislative session, but Sen. Cale Case (R-Lander) said the refusal by Harshman and Senate President Drew Perkins (R-Casper) to allow debate emphasizes the need for the initiative. “You can’t say the Legislature voted . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County to pay back some wind farm funds

Albany County will likely need to return – or stop the impeding payment of – roughly $600,000 of the $3.4 million that county coffers are scheduled to receive from the Boswell Springs wind project in northwestern Albany County. Beginning in August, the county has started receiving monthly payments from the wind farm’s owners. Local governments can receive “impact assistance” funds from companies with major industrial projects that can increase the need for governmental resources. To date, the county has already received $1.5 . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2019 • Blogs, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm on the Belvoir Ranch

This month marks the 20th anniversary of my first Bird Banter column for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. I wrote about cool birds seen on the ponds at the Rawhide coal-powered plant 20 miles south of Cheyenne, https://cheyennebirdbanter.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/birding-the-colorado-coast/. This month’s topic is also connected to Rawhide. It’s NextEra’s 120-turbine Roundhouse Wind Energy Center slated partly for the City of Cheyenne’s Belvoir Ranch. Roundhouse will stretch between I-80 south to the Wyoming border and from a couple miles west of I-25 on . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming utility’s first wind farm to be replaced

Sixty-nine turbines that PacifiCorp placed on the landscape between Laramie and Rawlins 20 years ago churn out the same amount of power that a mere dozen turbines could produce now. That’s why they are coming down. The utility has asked the local planning department in Carbon County for a permit to replace the wind turbines at Foote Creek Rim I with 12 new ones. That’s new nacelles, new towers and new blades. Where the existing towers reach about 200 feet . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers won’t increase wind tax

CHEYENNE – Several proposals that would raise taxes on wind energy in Wyoming have died in the state Legislature. The bills included one to raise the $1 per megawatt hour tax to $4 per megawatt hour and another to add $4 to the existing tax for a total of $5 per megawatt hour. A third proposal that would have imposed a five-year escalating tax also died. The wind tax may still come up again in a different forum. Republican Sen. Cale . . . Complete story »

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