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The cost of too much wind rises

Wind is free. Converting it to electricity is not. It appears the cost falls to us, even for power we do not want or need. The generators of wind power demand we pay for electricity they do not make, and ensure their profits from taxpayer subsidies they do not receive.
29 Dec 2012

Economic uncertainty puts the brakes on Northwest wind power industry

Nationally, 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.
16 Oct 2012

Mid-Columbia group forms to fight higher electric bills from unneeded power

A 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.
28 Sep 2012

Gorge group sues Skamania on zoning issues

Portland-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.
21 Sep 2012

BPA orders NW wind farms to curtail production

The 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.
30 Apr 2012

Whistling Ridge decision contested

In 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.
10 Apr 2012

Columbia Gorge wind farm opponents may go to court

Jason 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.
6 Mar 2012

Panel reaffirms support of wind farm near Gorge

The 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.
28 Dec 2011

Clallam PUD sponsored wind farm project scrapped

Plans for the first major wind farm in Western Washington have been canceled because of federal restrictions to protect a threatened seabird, the marbled murrelet. ...Last week, Clallam PUD voted to get out of the deal. The PUD had spent four years and about 300-thousand dollars in developing the wind farm.
17 Nov 2011

Planning commission recommends denial of wind overlay expansion

"In a nutshell, I don't think we need this comprehensive plan change right now ... There are no new circumstances that warrant comprehensive plan change," said Planning Commissioner Kim Green. Green said she felt adding to the overlay zone would be "overkill," stating she thinks "the value of wind, as of today for the Kittitas Valley, has been overstated."
12 Oct 2011

Whistling Ridge Final Adjudicative Order

Wr_adj_order_868_10-7-2011_thumb The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (WA EFSEC) recently recommended approval, with conditions, of 35 turbines as part of the Whistling Ridge wind energy project. Fifty turbines were defined in the original plan submitted to the State. The final adjudicative order can be downloaded through the links at the bottom of the page. Of particular interest, readers are encouraged to reference the concurring opinion filed by the Council's chairman, James Luce, and included in the order. An excerpt of his letter is provided below.
1 Oct 2011

Wind power fans should admit green's not their color

Wind energy promoters and enablers are finally waking up to the possibility that the public knows there may be adverse effects from wind power. That puts them about 25 years behind the rest of the country, at least that part of the country that does not fall to its knees when the word "green" is attached to a concept, no matter how inaccurately.
31 Aug 2011

Fighting Wind, Still

Whitten says he doesn't care that Palouse Wind can now argue against his case in court or that his appeals have been combined. His challenge is the same. "I have a beef with the county," he says. But Whitman County planner Alan Thomson says the addition of Palouse Wind could be detrimental to Whitten's case.
17 Aug 2011
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