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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 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.

April 8, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners accept Rail Tie application

The Albany County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday morning that an application from ConnectGen for the Rail Tie Wind Project is complete, kicking off a comment and review period that includes a public hearing June 1. As required by county regulations, wind energy conversion system project permit applications must include a project summary; names and contact information for the applicant, owners and property owners; a site plan; a series of studies, reports, certifications and approvals; and letters of consent from . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

On monuments and progress

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln made a personal request to Massachusetts Congressman Oakes Ames to take over construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. At that point, the project was just 12 miles along, with more than 1,000 miles to go before it would meet with the Central Pacific Railroad in Utah to form the Transcontinental Railroad. Ames, a member of the House Committee on Railroads and a wealthy heir of the Ames and Sons shovel company, enlisted his brother, Oliver, . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

EAC to take up wind regulations

The Laramie/Albany County Environmental Advisory Committee voted Thursday evening to form a subcommittee that will analyze and suggest changes to the county’s commercial wind and solar energy siting and permitting regulations. The environmental committee consists of seven members appointed jointly by the Laramie City Council and Albany County Board of Commissioners, with the task of analyzing and advising on environmental issues as assigned by the two elected bodies. The Board of Commissioners decided during its March 16 meeting to enlist . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2021 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Birds in the news: salmonella, predator aversion, wind turbines, song identification

Wind energy proponents frequently cite the statistics that more birds are killed by cats than by wind turbines. The problem is that the kinds of birds killed by cats are more likely to be common birds in urban and suburban areas than the long-distance migrants like shorebirds (though they are also at risk on breeding grounds), raptors and warblers. And because wind generation continues to increase and companies are not required to make public how many birds are killed, we only have their word for the comparison. Complete story »

March 17, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

ConnectGen submits Rail Tie application

Albany County has received an application from energy company ConnectGen for the Rail Tie Wind Project, and the permitting process for the commercial project is set to get underway. According to county planner David Gertsch, the county will follow a process outlined in Wyoming State Statute. First, county officials have 30 days to determine whether the application is complete according to the county’s commercial wind energy siting regulations. Once the application is considered complete, public hearings will be scheduled with . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Cabin owner speaks out against Rail Tie project

Tucked against the foothills west of Tie Siding is a small cabin, under construction for the last seven years, representing the dreams and life savings of Carson and Loretta Aanenson. Better known around Laramie as Ace, Aanenson and his wife have been working on the project since 2014. “We come up and work on it whenever we get a few dollars,” he said. Last weekend, they laid tile on the bathroom floor. They’ll heat the 24-by-32-foot structure with a single . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Sen. Lummis says Haaland will be bad for Wyoming

Lummis said that Wyoming has already been compromising with renewables like wind energy. "We are compromising. Have you driven between Cheyenne and Laramie lately? There's an enormous wind farm on an industrial scale. And there are huge industrial sized wind farms going up all over the state," Lummis said. Complete story »

March 5, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers vote down two Wyoming bills increasing taxes on renewable energy

CHEYENNE – Wyoming lawmakers killed a pair of bills to increase the tax burden on companies generating electricity from solar or wind energy. Members of the Legislature’s House Revenue Committee voted to not advance two renewable energy tax bills to the House floor on Thursday. Public testimony provided over two days showed the tricky balance between collecting enough revenue from big industry for state services while not driving companies away. The first bill, House Bill 94, would have levied a $1 . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming Senate pass effort to reduce payments to communities impacted by industrial projects

CASPER, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate passed legislation on Wednesday which would decrease the amount of assistance provided to counties and municipalities impacted by industrial projects. An example of the type of project that would be impacted by the proposed legislation: the $490 million Cedar Springs Wind Energy Project for which the City of Casper, Natrona County and Converse County all were awarded some funding to cover the cost of impacts to their communities. Under current law, Wyoming’s Industrial Siting Council . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commission approves wind regulation updates

The Albany County Board of Commissioners approved updates to the county’s commercial wind energy siting regulations Tuesday morning while also making plans to consider further amendments during a future work session. After a lengthy public hearing in which dozens of people weighed in for and against the proposed regulation updates, commissioners decided to approve the changes as presented so they can take effect right away even if the commission would like to make more changes. Commissioners Sue Ibarra and Pete . . . Complete story »

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