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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.

June 24, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy developments likely to bring housing challenge for small Wyoming towns

With just less than 250 people, Rock River in Carbon County is not a town with a host of amenities. A picturesque bend in the road propels travelers back up to highway speed before they’ve got a good look around. But the tiny town could become the stomping ground to construction workers as a host of new wind developments come on line soon. Federal subsidies for wind are reaching a sunset in a few years and so a boom of . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind energy project in Medicine Bow faces new setback

RAWLINS – A resolution to determine whether a potential multimillion dollar wind energy project will be built or not has been delayed by the Carbon County Commissioners due to legal statutes. Little Medicine Bow Wind S LLC (LMB) is in year seven of an eight-year wind energy project, which is estimated to accumulate $19.45 million of tax revenue. The project has been deemed a pilot project, looking to erect 13 turbines in the Shirley Basin (six turbines in the south section, . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2018 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Kimbrough: Wind turbines are bad for Wyoming wildlife

Wyoming is doing a study on pronghorns and wind turbines. They are putting in the wind turbines and then seeing if said turbines destroy the antelope herd. Yes, that’s right. Put in the turbines and if the antelope drop dead or disappear, too bad. Not to mention the destruction of a public hunt area—but since Wyoming politicians and news people almost universally despise wildlife, hunting and open spaces and will sell out the lives of eagles for a few bucks . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming renewables boom prompts study of pronghorn and wind development

From mule deer in the gas fields to sage grouse in coal country, Wyoming knows quite a bit about how its staple industries affect wildlife. That is less true of large wind developments anticipated in central Wyoming that will share a habitat with one of the largest antelope herds in North America. Wyoming is facing a wind boom that could dwarf the familiar groupings of turbines on the road from Casper to Laramie. Located along the same corridor of high . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Following the herd: New study to track pronghorn during wind energy development

A long-term study that began this spring will examine the effect of wind energy development on pronghorn. During a helicopter capture in March, scientists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Kauffman Lab at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit fitted 80 pronghorn does that winter in the Shirley Basin with GPS collars. Scientists plan to study the movement of the herd during the next six years. Meanwhile, the TB Flats Wind Energy Project is slated . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Bigger than ever, wind is coming to Wyoming

The North Platte River weaves its way through ranch land and prairie as it flows east past Glenrock on its way to Nebraska. On the northern side, property owners have bartered contracts with energy companies seeking uranium, coal bed methane and oil and gas. The abundance of Wyoming’s natural resources pays for schools and county buildings. It also provides the economic fuel that many ranchers need to keep their agricultural business afloat. Rick Grant’s family ranch sits on the south . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Barrasso bill would close window for small wind farms seeking power purchasers

Sen. John Barrasso is trying to reform a federal law that some in Wyoming argue is being used to benefit a small renewable market while potentially inflating the cost of power for ordinary people. His legislation, introduced Thursday, would revise the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 by erasing a provision that allows small wind and solar producers guaranteed contracts with utilities like Rocky Mountain Power. State lawmakers and some citizens’ groups in Wyoming have sought to address the . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM gives final green light to major Western power line

The Bureau of Land Management has approved the final routes for a 1,000-mile power line that connects Western states. The agency announced that segments of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on public lands in southwestern Idaho received the green light, hooking up to already authorized routes in southern Wyoming and eastern Idaho. Gateway West is a 10-segment, 500-kilovolt transmission line that starts in Wyoming and ends in southwestern Idaho. The Trump administration is touting the major initiative, which began . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming regulators approve Pacificorp’s $2 billion wind power and transmission project

Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to invest $2 billion in Wyoming wind took a step forward Thursday in a deal reached with state regulators. Wyoming’s largest utility dropped a 161-megawatt wind farm in Uinta County from its plans after a week-long hearing before the Wyoming Public Service Commission, but the company will nonetheless increase its parent company PacifiCorp’s wind footprint by about 60 percent as a result of its proposals in Wyoming, the company said in statement. Rocky Mountain Power still . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2018 • California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp challenges PUC staff in controversial $1.5B wind power bidding process

PacifiCorp is defending a $1.5 billion wind power solicitation that has come under sharp attack from Oregon Public Utility Commission staff, emphasizing that an independent evaluator that monitored the process endorsed the results as “the best viable options.” “The independent evaluator is an independent expert appointed and managed by the commission – not PacifiCorp – to ensure that the (request for proposals) process was conducted in a fair and unbiased manner and to ensure that the final shortlist projects are reasonable and . . . Complete story »

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