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.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.BPA orders NW wind farms to curtail production.348722012-04-30T01:14:46Z2012-04-30T01:14:46ZThe agency, which manages much of the power grid in the Northwest, confirmed it issued the orders during the early morning hours of Sunday and Monday, when demand is low.
The action rekindles a dispute from last year, when the agency curtailed wind turbines because the water from a large mountain snowpack.Desert Claim wind project not likely to go up this year.348492012-04-28T19:55:42Z2012-04-28T19:55:42ZenXco could conduct minor site preparation in the late fall, but it appears unlikely that the project will get off the ground this year. In addition to providing notice, enXco still needs to submit a number of plans for EFSEC approval before construction can proceed.Whistling Ridge decision contested.347762012-04-10T23:36:57Z2012-04-10T23:36:57ZIn early March, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire approved the proposed Whistling Ridge wind power project to be sited near White Salmon on land owned by SDS Lumber and Broughton Lumber, paving the way for 35 turbines standing more than 400 feet tall.Columbia Gorge wind farm opponents may go to court.345022012-03-06T16:13:41Z2012-03-06T16:13:41ZJason Spadaro, president of SDS Lumber, said he appreciates the governor's approval, but that the reduced size of the project means it is not economically viable at this time. A smaller project will need higher power prices to be viable, he said, and the project will be on hold but not permanently shelved.
Washington council won't revisit approval of wind farm visible from Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.339402011-12-28T17:41:00Z2011-12-28T17:41:00ZJason Spadaro, president of SDS Lumber says the earlier recommendation to scale back the project was based on subjective judgements of its visual impacts, and would ultimately make it economically unviable.
"It's not viable in today's environment or any time in the foreseeable future," Spadaro said.
Panel reaffirms support of wind farm near Gorge.339392011-12-28T17:35:52Z2011-12-28T17:35:52ZThe intense scrutiny and interest surrounding Whistling Ridge set a new bar for the EFSEC process, said council manager Al Wright. The application piled up many thousands of pages of record as well-represented players watched closely and weighed in every step of the way. It took longer than any other EFSEC process.State panel to revisit Gorge wind farm proposal.339082011-12-25T17:08:48Z2011-12-25T17:08:48ZWright stressed that the councilâ€™s vote is only a recommendation. The projectâ€™s fate ultimately rests with Gov. Chris Gregoire, who will have 60 days to make her decision once EFSEC gives its final recommendation.