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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.

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 »

November 21, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers consider changing the rules for small wind farms that sell to Wyoming utilities

Wyoming wind is in demand, but as the industry changes so should the regulations that govern it, according to some state lawmakers. Small wind farms that have cropped up in the state benefit from a ‘70s-era federal law meant to open a niche for developers in the monopoly that is the electricity market in places like Wyoming. Large utilities like Rocky Mountain Power have to buy the electricity that these small producers generate on a 20-year-contract. But Wyoming has some . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Cheney’s silent spring

Cheney's amendment attacks the very foundations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If adopted, it would expose millions of birds to heightened risk of death from waste pits, electrical transmission lines, contaminated water, wind turbines and a myriad of other threats that are “incidental to the presence or operation” of industrial facilities on federal lands in Wyoming and elsewhere. It is not too much to expect industry to take precautions to avoid killing our songbirds, waterfowl, raptors and other migratory birds. If those precautions require corporations to stop and think about the broader effects of their activities, if they require an additional outlay to head off significant impacts to the rest of us, then those things are a part of doing business. Complete story »

November 13, 2017 • U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental groups push back on Cheney amendment allowing birds to be killed; industry supportive

Rep. Liz Cheney doesn’t want industry prohibited from doing business for fear of killing birds and being penalized for it. The congresswoman introduced an amendment to that effect in the SECURE Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that would, among other things, allow for more state control of oil and gas activities on federal land. It passed in the House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday. The amendment, however, will have a different home, tucked into the Migratory Bird Treaty . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind subsidies survive senate, while some Wyoming lawmakers plan to increase wind tax

The wind industry breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night when the U.S. Senate’s proposed overhaul of the tax system avoided cutting into a subsidy relished by wind developers and utilities. But at the same time, a handful of lawmakers in Wyoming are showing a renewed interest in increasing taxes on wind. The state and federal measures are central to developments ongoing in Wyoming, where a handful of proposed farms could double the wind capacity in the Cowboy State. Federal . . . Complete story »

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