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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 22, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners updated on wind energy, transmission projects

RAWLINS – Progress continues in the initial phases of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy and the TransWest Express Transmission projects. Power Company of Wyoming Communications Director Kara Choquette told Carbon County Commissioners on Tuesday the company’s scope of work for the 2018 year for the wind project includes roads and wind turbine pad infrastructure as well as opening a quarry (subject to the completion of the mining permit application pending with the Wyoming DEQ). “So far, we have completed . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Rocky Mountain Power to build new wind farms in four Wyoming counties; plans to add 200 full-time jobs

Wyoming’s largest utility has selected four wind projects to help meet its expansion goals, growing its wind development in the Cowboy State by 60 percent, enough to power about 450,000 homes. Rocky Mountain Power, a subsidiary of Pacificorp, is pushing wind development and transmission in Wyoming ahead of a 2020 deadline in order to take advantage of federal tax credits due to sunset. The Salt Lake City-based firm put out a request last fall for wind proposals of at least . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming lawmakers propose taxing solar, increasing wind tax

Lawmakers will again consider hiking Wyoming’s controversial wind tax, and this time they may expand it to include utility-scale solar facilities in the Cowboy State. House Bill 118, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Crank, R-Kemmerer, proposes levying a $2 per megawatt hour tax on renewable energy produced in Wyoming, amending prior language that applied a $1 per megawatt hour tax on wind power. It’s among dozens of bills that lawmakers will consider when the Legislature convenes Monday in Cheyenne. The measure . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Dead eagles were casualties of Duke Energy wind farms. Duke says it has a solution.

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial unit of the Charlotte-based company, has shown both the promise of wind energy and its ecological cost: Spinning turbines sometimes kill soaring eagles and other birds. In 2013, Duke Renewables pleaded guilty in federal court to killing 14 golden eagles and 149 other migratory birds at two Wyoming wind farms. The case was the first criminal prosecution for killing birds at wind projects in the U.S. Duke agreed to pay $1 million in fines and . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Small wind farm stokes old debate on the eve of the Wyoming wind boom

Wyoming is facing a wind boom, and a host of proposed farms are creeping closer to harnessing power from the state’s brutal gales. Right now, major utilities and private developers are on a short timeline, looking to take advantage of federal subsidies that make wind highly profitable and are set to expire soon. Small developers, meanwhile, are hoping to ride in on the coat tails of the wind boom. Rocky Mountain Power, the largest utility in Wyoming, had 20 small . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2017 • Oregon, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators bless PGE, PacifiCorp renewable energy plans

After months of back and forth, Oregon’s Public Utility Commission gave its blessing this week to both Portland General Electric’s and PacifiCorp’s plans to acquire more renewable energy, albeit with a variety of conditions designed to protect ratepayers. The companies approached the commission in 2016 and earlier this year seeking acknowledgment of resource plans that included major additions of generating capacity. PGE’s proposal focused on making up for the loss of capacity at the Boardman coal plant, scheduled to close . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tax axed by committee

CHEYENNE – If lawmakers in Wyoming are to consider a wind energy tax increase in 2018, it won’t come from the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee. That committee killed a motion on Tuesday to reintroduce a proposal that would increase taxes on wind energy production in the state. Leading up to that decision, Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, had moved to reconsider his previously struck down proposal to increase the wind tax by 400 percent, from $1 per megawatt hour to . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming wind energy production tax bill coming back again

Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, sees things differently, and his passion for the issue is tireless. The long-time Wyoming lawmaker is very disturbed by the potential impact on Wyoming’s viewsheds. Within years, proposed developments could affect a significant portion of Wyoming’s landscape, covering its vistas with windmills visible during the day and red blinking lights at night on land that will be difficult to reclaim should they become inoperable. “I believe in renewable resources, I believe in global warming, and I want to do something about it. But I’m not prepared to sacrifice Wyoming,” Case said. “We’re important, too.” Complete story »

December 2, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Counties, municipalities eye impact fees

LARAMIE – Rock River, Laramie and Albany County are requesting more than twice as much funding than municipalities in Carbon County from the Industrial Siting Council to prepare for the construction of a wind turbine facility that would affect both counties. Albany County Commission Chairman Tim Chesnut said he met with the council recently to present how the entities in the two counties determined how the funds should be divided. The largest portion of funds would go to Albany County entities . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy isn’t as eco-friendly as you think

Again, the topic of wind “energy” comes up. There are only four reasons to support wind (1) one cannot comprehend the situation, (2) willful ignorance, (3) political expediency and/or (4) monetary gain. Energy from weather is nothing but lie after lie. It’s not eco-friendly, it’s not “free, unlimited fuel,” it helps only to enrich the already rich, causes ecological damage in third world countries due to mining and refining the needed materials, and destroys birds and land areas. The turbines . . . Complete story »

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