Library from Idaho

Final wind farm appeal draws large crowd

The Panorama Hill, east of Idaho Falls, was up for debate again as Ridgeline Energy and Bonneville County took sides in the battle for another wind farm. The proposed Meadow Creek Wind Farm would sit behind Panorama Hill, just south of Highway 26 near Ririe.
27 Oct 2010

Ridgeline Energy's call to action

A possible new wind turbine project is on the horizon in Bonneville County. Ridgeline Energy is proposing to build 75 wind turbines east of Idaho Falls. The projected area will be north of a current wind farm under construction, which will soon be finished.
23 Oct 2010

Winds of change: Springville mulls renewable energy purchase

UAMPS is looking to install a 108-megawatt wind farm in Bonneville County, Idaho, and needs cities to commit in advance in order to buy up to 56 wind turbines for the project. Amid the complicated numbers and projections that filled last week's meeting, one aspect became the decision's true hinge: Will the need for renewable energy in the future justify its higher cost now?
4 Oct 2010

Bringing change to Bingham County's zoning ordinance

Currently, 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.
1 Oct 2010

No power line through Carey area; Final route yet to be decided

A controversial power transmission line proposed by NorthWestern Energy will run through Blaine County, though not through the Carey area as previous proposals had indicated. The Sioux Falls, S.D.,-based energy company's project manager, Tom Pankratz, updated Blaine County commissioners on the status of the proposed 500-kilovolt line, called the Mountain States Transmission Intertie, during the commission's regular meeting Tuesday.
15 Sep 2010

Where's the middle ground on power lines vs. quality of life?

A compromise, obviously, is needed between Idaho's economic potential and the realities of Magic Valley agriculture. But it's unclear at this point what such an agreement would look like. Public policy administrators and elected officials are too deeply involved in transmission line siting issues to be honest brokers in this debate.
12 Sep 2010

Winds of Change sweep eastern Idaho

"What's especially difficult to balance with this particular issue is that a lot of the community concern seems to be for their views, for the skyline," he said. "From the standpoint of drafting a law, you can't really own a view. When you buy a piece of property you don't have any rights to a view. But it's still a community concern."
12 Sep 2010

Idaho utility abandons talks over 150MW wind power deal

"Since issuing our RFP more than a year ago, the wind energy market has changed dramatically and prices for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) acquired under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) process have decreased. In light of these changes, we expect to be able to acquire energy resources without concluding the RFP at this time."
19 Aug 2010

Wind farms upset local residents

"I guess the last thing we were thinking about before we moved in was if we are going to have 75 wind turbines up on the ridgeline from us," says Ray Moravek. They worry about the noise, wildlife and property value impact but mostly the aesthetics and the recreational space they'll lose. "It's a beautiful country and the wind turbines really don't fit in to that overall outlook," says Moravek.
28 Jul 2010

Residents upset over wind farm ppproval

Homeowners living near 115 North near Ririe are banding together in hopes of preventing a major wind farm project from being constructed on land near their homes. "We moved out here from Houston to get away from the industrial concrete jungle, and now we feel like it's following us out here," says Jacque Moravek who moved to the area less than a year ago.
28 May 2010

Ridgeline Energy seeks permit

Ridgeline Energy is taking steps to expand its wind turbine project in the foothills east of Idaho Falls. Wednesday night, the company sought approval for a special use permit from the Bonneville County planning and zoning commission.
27 May 2010

Group to look at wind farms' effects on grouse

Scientists are pretty sure these days just what oil and gas development do to nearby greater sage grouse. But less is known for sure about wind turbines - which generate noise and provide tall roosts for predators, among other potential issues. Now, a group of biologists, energy developers and electric utilities is pursuing several long-term projects to study how wind farms affect the bird, which is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
12 Apr 2010
back to top