www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c122+74?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZIdaho energy tussle makes international ripples .358982012-08-30T12:55:12Z2012-08-30T12:55:12ZIdaho Power, the state's largest utility, wants Idaho regulators' permission to limit electricity output from wind farms like Terna's at times of low demand, arguing it will protect customers from higher costs.
With the matter unresolved, lenders are wary their money is at risk.
E. Idaho county restricts wind farm development.300212010-11-19T12:47:07Z2010-11-19T12:47:07ZThe planning and zoning commission created a "turbine zone" in the southern part of the county where wind farms will be allowed.
"We decided on that so we could take some time to slow down and figure out how to allow these (turbines) without infringing on other people's rights."
Wind turbine permit denied.298922010-11-10T01:39:59Z2010-11-10T01:39:59ZâÄúThis (would be) the closest wind farm to residences in the countyâÄĚ said Commissioner Brutch Merrill.
Many of the commissioners were concerned about Blue Ribbon EnergyâÄôs failure to provide detailed maps that showed the locations of the wind turbines and homes, access roads and supplemental buildings along with other pertinent information.Energy company reduces number of wind turbines to be built.298012010-11-06T14:33:19Z2010-11-06T14:33:19ZâÄėDraft 14âÄô states wind turbines must be built away from any other property at least three times the height of the turbine, a requirement that is not in the current and active ordinance. Blue Ribbon Energy officials say they voluntarily agreed to the draft ordinance.Bringing change to Bingham County's zoning ordinance.293382010-10-01T10:19:34Z2010-10-01T10:19:34ZCurrently, Bingham County's Planning and Zoning Commission does not have any ordinance to help assist them with making decisions on wind turbines. Several drafts have been made to update ...This includes incorporating guidelines for commercial wind turbine development and operation.
Several companies have submitted applications to build wind turbines in Bingham.
New wind turbine farm proposed for Bingham County.263762010-03-24T00:27:02Z2010-03-24T00:27:02ZPlanning and Zoning officials in Bingham County confirm another wind farm is being proposed for a remote area of the county.
P&Z says they will discuss a special use permit for a 33 turbine farm applied for by Oregon-based Western Energy.
Bingham wind farms ordinance .236852009-10-16T19:46:40Z2009-10-16T19:46:40ZBingham County Commission Chairman Cleone Jolley said a public hearing held at Shelley City Hall Thursday was aimed at disseminating information and collecting public input related to a proposed new ordinance regulating siting of wind turbines.
Jolley said the proposed ordinance also regulates future construction of wind farms in the county.
Currently, Bingham County has no ordinance pertaining to the new energy technology.
Bingham County judge stalls wind project.227822009-08-21T12:18:50Z2009-08-21T12:18:50ZAn Aug. 13 decision in Bingham County court has delayed development of a 150-turbine wind farm in Wolverine Canyon near the Bingham-Bonneville county line.
Judge Richard St. Clair ruled that because of errors in its application, and some conflicts of interest, Ridgeline Energy would have to go back to the county planning and zoning board to re-apply for a special use permit if it wants to build the Goshen South wind farm.
Judge sends wind farm application back to commission.227512009-08-19T00:27:29Z2009-08-19T00:27:29ZWednesday afternoon Bingham County Judge Richard St. Clair notified attorneys for Ridgeline Energy they will have to re-apply for a special use zoning permit for a proposed 150 turbine wind farm in Wolverine Canyon.
According to a 38 page ruling there were several errors made during Ridgeline Energy's application process, making it necessary to extend an already lengthy process.
Wind farm decision lies in hands of judge.223862009-07-28T07:11:46Z2009-07-28T07:11:46ZIt's been in the works for more than a year and now, it's fate lies in the hands of the Judge Richard St. Clair. Will he decide in favor of moving forward with the controversial 150-turbine wind farm in Wolverine Canyon? Or, will Bingham County have to go back to the drawing board? ...Petitioners believe a wind farm can't go in Wolverine Canyon because it's zoned for natural resources or agriculture. They see wind turbines as industrial, not natural.
Wind turbine law's passage may be a breeze.213422009-05-23T10:30:17Z2009-05-23T10:30:17ZJune 15 will mark the passage of the new Madison County wind turbine ordinance (Zoning Ordinance No. 357) -- provided that no objections are filed by county residents prior to that date. On May 15, Madison County Commissioners adopted the findings of fact by the Madison Planning and Zoning Commission. The adoption means that unless public protest is given, the ordinance will be passed.Madison County in line for wind turbine ordinance.206312009-04-03T16:39:24Z2009-04-03T16:39:24ZThe Madison County Planning and Zoning Commission has finished drafting an ordinance to regulate the use of small and commercial wind turbines. According to Madison County P&Z Administrator Brent McFadden, the proposed ordinance has been in the works for the past six months.
If passed, the wind turbine ordinance would amend Zoning Ordinance No. 176 by adding a chapter on wind turbine placement and specifications.
Judge extends discovery in wind farm case.204862009-03-26T03:35:59Z2009-03-26T03:35:59ZA Bingham County judge granted a motion today delaying the construction of 150 wind turbines in Wolverine Canyon, even though the plan was approved by the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Thursday afternoon Judge Richard St. Clair granted two motions filed by groups opposed to the project. One of those motions will extend the discovery period, meaning the soonest oral arguments will be heard is end of July.
Bingham County wind turbine hearing set for Thursday.204872009-03-25T04:04:40Z2009-03-25T04:04:40ZIt was a hot topic for months in Bingham County last year and Thursday it will be back in the lime light.
The Ridgeline wind turbine project has been proposed to be built on 20,000 acres in Wolverine Canyon in Bingham County. The energy company wants to put in up to 150 turbines.
Judge to hear wind farm motion .204672009-03-24T11:05:41Z2009-03-24T11:05:41ZArguments on motions by a group of Idaho Falls residents opposing development of a wind power project in Bingham County are scheduled to take place Thursday at the Bingham County Courthouse.
The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before 7th District Judge Richard St. Clair in Courtroom 1.
Idaho energy office disbands wind think-tank .192802008-12-23T05:02:21Z2008-12-23T05:02:21ZAt a time when Idaho trails others in harnessing wind resources, the Office of Energy Resources has disbanded the state's wind-power think tank and reassigned a staff member who had focused on wind projects to work on energy efficiency instead.
The staffer, Gerald Fleischman, told the Idaho Wind Power Working Group he "will no longer be able to respond to requests about wind issues and wind projects," according to a letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Progress being made on Bonneville windmill ordinance.185162008-10-23T16:10:59Z2008-10-23T16:10:59Z[A windmill] ordinance was one of the main topics of conversation at a Bonneville County Planning & Zoning meeting held at the Bonneville County Courthouse Wednesday night. Despite meeting until after midnight, nothing was decided upon.
"The process of getting the government to go through and create and ordinance and draft an ordinance takes time. They don't like to just create an ordinance in five minutes and send it out," said Steven Serr of the Bonneville County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Eastern Idaho group wants court to look at wind farms.178122008-09-04T21:27:16Z2008-09-04T21:27:16ZA group in southeastern Idaho has requested a judicial review of the Bingham County commissioners' approval of two wind farms.
Natural Guardian Limited Partnership of Idaho Falls requested the review late last month because it said the production of energy is not in compliance with a county ordinance.
The group also said there were inconsistencies within the county's planning and zoning decisions when it came to approving the wind farms.
Another energy company allowed to build wind farm in Bingham County.172362008-08-05T22:25:16Z2008-08-05T22:25:16ZLess than 24 hours after they unanimously approved a wind farm in Wolverine Canyon, Bingham County Commissioners gave the go-ahead for another wind farm to be built just three miles away.
Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission denied a special use permit for Western Energy Corporation in May.
Southeast Idaho officials approve wind energy farm.172352008-08-05T22:23:18Z2008-08-05T22:23:18ZConstruction of a 150-turbine wind farm on 20,000 acres along Wolverine Canyon has been approved by Bingham County commissioners.
The unanimous vote Monday to approve the plan by Ridgeline Energy LLC disappointed opponents who say the 490-foot turbines will be a blight on the scenic southeastern Idaho canyon, a popular recreation area south of Idaho Falls. ...Frank VanderSloot, owner of Melaleuca Inc. and a landowner in the area, said opponents are evaluating their options, including legal action.