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Idaho Ranks 13th on Wind-Energy Potential List

That’s good news to people who support renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass -- but all supporters still have to face the state’s decision on the issue before they can get too excited: Results of a state utilities wind integration study are forthcoming.

Idaho is again ranking high on a list. This time it’s a list complied by scientists that ordered states’ wind-energy potential. Idaho placed thirteenth.

That’s good news to people who support renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass -- but all supporters still have to face the state’s decision on the issue before they can get too excited: Results of a state utilities wind integration study are forthcoming.

Last summer, the Idaho Public Utilities commission, urged by Idaho Power Co., approved an indefinite halt to a policy that required utilities to buy small amounts of power from wind farms.

Anyone who has walked through eastern Idaho knows how windy it gets, so theoretically, if wind can be a potential source of energy, that’s the place to start working. And now, with the release of the ranking to confirm the potential, several renewable energy producers are renewing their interest in building windmills, including Exergy Development Group.

Exergy already owns the Fossil Gulch Wind Farm at Bell Rapids in the Hagerman area, and the company has plans for ten more projects expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

"I think Idaho will take the lead in the renewables market," James... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Idaho is again ranking high on a list. This time it’s a list complied by scientists that ordered states’ wind-energy potential. Idaho placed thirteenth.

That’s good news to people who support renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass -- but all supporters still have to face the state’s decision on the issue before they can get too excited: Results of a state utilities wind integration study are forthcoming.

Last summer, the Idaho Public Utilities commission, urged by Idaho Power Co., approved an indefinite halt to a policy that required utilities to buy small amounts of power from wind farms.

Anyone who has walked through eastern Idaho knows how windy it gets, so theoretically, if wind can be a potential source of energy, that’s the place to start working. And now, with the release of the ranking to confirm the potential, several renewable energy producers are renewing their interest in building windmills, including Exergy Development Group.

Exergy already owns the Fossil Gulch Wind Farm at Bell Rapids in the Hagerman area, and the company has plans for ten more projects expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

"I think Idaho will take the lead in the renewables market," James Carkulis, president of Exergy Development Group, told the Associated Press. Carkulis or any competitive Idahoan, for that matter, will be pleased to see Idaho ascend the charts when scientists rerank the wind-energy list.

According to the article, which ran in the Idaho Statesman, “Currently, Idaho Power has contracts with wind producers for a total of 206.8 megawatts of electricity, though only three projects that generate 19.9 megawatts are online now… Earlier this month, Idaho Power announced the award of a contract to Horizon Wind Energy to provide 66 new megawatts of wind power. Horizon intends to build its wind farm in Union County, Ore.”

Now it’s a waiting game for what will happen in Idaho. The study on wind integration is expected to be finished by mid- to late August, after which the public will be granted a chance to comment before utilities commissioners set new rules for wind power.

 


Source: http://www.newwest.net/inde...

JUL 25 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/3638-idaho-ranks-13th-on-wind-energy-potential-list
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