Wind topples turbine in Ellensburg; minor flooding of Mercer Creek.382462013-05-01T19:13:18Z2013-05-01T19:13:18ZA wind turbine at the city of Ellensburg's Renewable Energy Park toppled over on Monday, buckling under wind speeds of more than 30 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph.
Gary Nystedt, city resource manager, said city staff will start going through the turbine's wind speed data to figure out exactly when it came down. Gorge wind farm project headed for high court.382552013-05-01T03:53:54Z2013-05-01T03:53:54ZThe Whistling Ridge Energy Project received a green light ...But the decision scaled back the original proposal, reducing the number of wind turbines from 50 to 35. The outcome didn't leave the project developers or its opponents entirely happy. Construction never started. Opponents, led by Portland-based advocacy group Friends of the Columbia Gorge, mounted a legal challenge that's now landed before the state's highest court.Longview adopts new zoning rules for residential windmills.382352013-04-30T19:55:57Z2013-04-30T19:55:57ZA year after Longview resident Ken Spring installed a vintage windmill on his 3-acre property without a permit, the City Council adopted new zoning rules that allow for small wind energy systems. BPA plan would share costs of wind-power shutdown.380982013-04-18T17:46:26Z2013-04-18T17:46:26ZThe Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) this week released a new proposal to share the "oversupply costs" that pile up when there is not enough demand for all the electricity produced by hydroelectric dams and wind-power producers.
During these oversupply periods, when wind-power producers may be asked to shut down, the plan would compensate them for lost revenue, according to Doug Johnson, a BPA spokesman.Ex-professor tells senators climate data manipulated.378812013-03-27T11:04:53Z2013-03-27T11:04:53ZA retired Western Washington University professor testified to a Republican-controlled state Senate committee Tuesday that climate change stopped in 1998 and that human-caused greenhouse gases are not responsible for fluctuations in the Earth's temperatures or melting polar ice caps.Winds of change blowing through wind power industry.375902013-03-03T20:38:17Z2013-03-03T20:38:17ZCalifornians don't want Washington state's electricity as much as they used to. In 2011, the California Legislature passed laws that encourage utilities to generate most of their renewable power from within the state.
That left up to $5 billion worth of proposed projects for Washington and Oregon suddenly without investors. ...The price of natural gas has been low, making renewable energy such as solar and wind less attractive.Inslee team downplays earlier bid to lure wind-power firm.373002013-02-07T16:43:56Z2013-02-07T16:43:56ZGov. Jay Inslee is trying to lure a struggling Massachusetts wind-power company to Washington state.
In one of his first initiatives as governor, Inslee sent a handwritten note and spoke by phone with the chief executive of AMSC, a Devens, Mass.-based firm. Economic uncertainty puts the brakes on Northwest wind power industry.363252012-10-16T18:41:41Z2012-10-16T18:41:41ZNationally, wind energy producers face competition from falling natural gas prices. Plus, it's unclear whether a much-relied-upon federal tax credit for wind energy producers will be renewed. ...Regionally, transmission lines are at capacity in some places. Markets are getting tougher. Also, wind farm operators complain that property taxes have risen steeply under a new state formula.Mid-Columbia group forms to fight higher electric bills from unneeded power.165882012-09-28T15:57:18Z2012-09-28T15:57:18ZA new campaign to change the state Energy Independence Act was launched Thursday in the Mid-Columbia to prevent rising electricity rates to pay for unneeded renewable energy.
Mid-Columbia state legislators, chambers of commerce, ports, business organizations, cities and public utility districts are backing the effort to prevent or delay increased electricity rates.
Gorge group sues Skamania on zoning issues .360892012-09-21T13:53:09Z2012-09-21T13:53:09ZPortland-based Friends of the Columbia Gorge is charging the county with "failing to protect its critical areas and resource lands in violation of state law." The land, while unzoned, had been protected until Skamania lifted a development and forest work moratorium on Aug. 21.Republicans mock Inslee's vision of an energy 'revolution'.359872012-09-09T20:51:13Z2012-09-09T20:51:13ZThe GOP has taken Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee to task for promoting the green energy industry as a way to bolster the state's economy, claiming many such companies are failing or teetering. Debate over whether utilities meeting clean-energy goals.352412012-06-17T10:41:05Z2012-06-17T10:41:05Z"Balance is critical, and that is really where our focus is. And that's to produce as clean a power as we can, and to keep our customer bills affordable," said Grant Ringel, a spokesman for PSE told the Los Angeles Times.PUD says BPA plan helps wind energy producers at ratepayer expense.352252012-06-15T21:17:58Z2012-06-15T21:17:58ZThe policy essentially would curtail production - particularly wind generation - when there is too much power for BPA to handle, a situation that usually occurs in the spring. And it would also pay the wind energy producers for their lost revenue. PUD commissioners say that amounts to subsidizing an already subsidized industry by passing the costs on to BPA customers like the Grays Harbor district.