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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.

January 22, 2019 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming takes its yearly look at raising a tax on wind energy

A bill to increase Wyoming’s wind tax blows through Cheyenne nearly every year, and every year it dies. Some lawmakers don’t support the increase because they are afraid of depressing wind investments in Wyoming. For some the tax is unattractive on principle, or because they believe the current wind product tax – unique in the United States – is sufficient. But supporters persist. They argue that Wyoming wind producers should be taxed and that right now the tax is insufficient. They point . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Black Hills Energy proposes $57 million wind farm for new energy options

CHEYENNE – Black Hills Energy is proposing new renewable energy options for Cheyenne customers through tariffs and a potential $57 million wind farm. The utility submitted a proposal to the Wyoming Public Service Commission on Monday seeking approval for a new Renewable Ready Service Tariff. The program would offer commercial customers local utility-scale renewable energy resources through a subscription program to fulfill up to 100 percent of their electricity needs. Participants would be able to enter into contracts with the . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

City leases eastern Belvoir to NextEra Energy for wind farm

CHEYENNE –Renewable energy company NextEra Energy now has an additional 4,700 acres of eastern Belvoir Ranch land to use for wind energy development. The Cheyenne City Council voted 9-0 to amend a 2012 agreement with NextEra, identified as Cheyenne Wind LLC, Monday. The amendment expands leased acreage from 12,000 to 16,700 – nearly all of the city-owned Belvoir Ranch – for the proposed Roundhouse Wind Farm project. The $335 million project would cover 30,000 acres of public and private Laramie . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Cheyenne looks to wind energy for Belvoir Ranch growth

CHEYENNE – Some Cheyenne City Council members think a proposed wind energy project could be the key to recreation development at Belvoir Ranch. During its meeting Monday night, the council will consider leasing more of the land – an additional 4,700 acres – to renewable energy company NextEra Energy for the Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project. The $335 million project, still in the permitting phase, would power northern Colorado communities. The city approved a lease agreement with the company, identified as . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm proposed for Converse County

If you grew up in Converse County, you might take the incessant, whipping winds for granted. Start counting the county’s wind farms, and you can’t help but see Converse County’s wind is unusual. And it’s a financial boon. For Converse County officials, the new Cedar Springs wind farm brings with it welcomed economic diversification. “We’ve got oil and gas, uranium, coal, and expanding on the wind is a good investment,” Converse County Commissioner Jim Willox said. “It’s a good expansion . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Southern Wyoming wind farm projects prompt community payments

Wyoming will pay local communities in the state’s windiest region a little over $5 million to address the impacts from two wind developments now edging forward. The Ekola Flats wind project proposed near Medicine Bow – which will be owned and operated by Rocky Mountain Power – and Invenergy’s Uinta Wind Energy Project near Evanston will bring an influx of workers and traffic that could strain the communities nearby. The Industrial Siting Council – a governor-appointed group that oversees large, expensive construction projects – . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Perched among the turbines, West Inc. technicians keep an eye out for eagles

ROLLING HILLS – The glare of the sunlight burned gold in Jason Martin’s irises as he scanned the miles of undulating land from his perch 35 feet above the Powder River Basin. Long shadows crossed the grassland and sage below him in rhythmic cycles as the turbine blades caught the morning wind, churning power into PacifiCorp’s electricity grid. An annoying whistling sound found its way through a window and into the small office bound by four walls of glass. It’d been . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

City Council discusses wind energy, special permits

Not every special event or alcohol permit application is granted a permit, but every applicant has to pay a permit fee. The Laramie City Council held a work session Tuesday to discuss its options for refunding special event and alcohol permits, and also listened to a presentation about potential wind energy projects coming to Albany County. Members of City Council, including Bryan Shuster, wanted to have a work session to draft a way for special event and alcohol permit refunds . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Siting commission approves Uinta Co. wind farm

EVANSTON – The final hearing for the Uinta Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Invenergy, conducted by the Wyoming Industrial Siting Commission was held at the Roundhouse on Thursday, Oct. 4. Invenergy is the company that has proposed to build a 47-turbine wind energy farm in Uinta County. Hearing officer Sean Chambers said three exhibits were used as evidence at the hearing: 1) application evidence, 2) consideration of the evidence and a vote, and 3) testimony on the impact assistance bonds . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2018 • General News, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental impacts of large scale wind development may be greater than anticipated

When Vern Vivion was still running cattle outside Rawlins in the early ‘90s, he grew skeptical about wind development on his land. It’s not that he opposed wind, full stop. But Vivion, who died in 2014, thought turbines would have impacts on habitat that weren’t clear and hadn’t been investigated fully. Those impacts, he believed, would mean a lot to ranchers. He thought capturing the wind would impact the grass, said his daughter, Kristy, who now manages the land with . . . Complete story »

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