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Seattle's 'green jobs' program a bust

But more than a year later, Seattle's numbers are lackluster. As of last week, only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program. Many of the jobs are administrative ..."The jobs haven't surfaced yet. It's been a very slow and tedious process. It's almost painful, the number of meetings people have gone to. Those are the people who got jobs. There's been no real investment for the broader public."
16 Aug 2011

Again, county set to delay turbine project

The Whatcom County Council will likely vote to extend the emergency moratorium to delay the installation of wind turbines near the Squalicum Mountain community Tuesday, April 26, County Councilman Ken Mann said. This would be the fourth time the council has voted to delay the installation of wind turbines in Whatcom County.
26 Apr 2011

Kittitas County concerned by community wind bill

Kittitas County commissioners are opposed to a state agency taking over the permitting process for community wind power systems from local city or county governments. Yet businesses in the community wind power industry say a proposal now before state legislators doesn't take away any authority from local governments to review land-use impacts from smaller wind projects.
8 Feb 2011

Wind power: 'We're at the mercy of Mother Nature'

"One of the big challenges of wind power is it is intermittent," said Rob Newsom, a PNNL scientist. "We're at the mercy of Mother Nature. Wind doesn't always blow when we want it." That can make adding wind power to the grid problematic, because the grid requires a steady power load. ..."We worried about if speed shifts quickly. An hour off in a forecast can make a big difference."
21 Dec 2010

Washington's wind power windfall

The environmental group Friends of the Columbia Gorge has challenged the zoning, saying it's no longer a "valid gauge" of the cumulative impact of wind energy in Klickitat County. "Wind energy facilities have been developed in Klickitat County at a rate roughly seven times as fast as projected, with no end in sight," wrote Nathan Baker, staff attorney for Friends.
10 Oct 2010

Let’s not spoil Gorge’s gorgeous views

The Columbia River Gorge is one of the few remaining places in the nation where some of the Lewis and Clark landscape remains today as it existed more than two centuries ago. Every year a little bit of that beauty is sliced off to allow man-made blights. This means we must witness the slow extinction of the grandeur of the Gorge.
8 Sep 2010

Whitman County recall process continues: Prosecutor outlines citizen's argument for commissioners' recall

In his request letters, Whitten said Partch and O'Neill flagrantly violate the Open Public Meetings Act and violated their oath of office. Whitten's primary concern was commissioners' disregard for the low-frequency noise pollution created by wind turbines, he said. Tracy outlined Whitten's complaints for review by Asotin County Superior Court Judge William Acey at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in Whitman County Superior Court.
22 Jul 2010

Del Mar company gets $200 million for wind farm

A small Del Mar company said Wednesday that it has landed a bigger stimulus check from the federal government than expected for developing a big wind farm in Washington state. Cannon Power Group said it is getting $200 million in stimulus funds for its latest work on a 500 megawatt farm on ridgelines along the Columbia River.
17 Jun 2010

Dams on Columbia working overtime

Too much rainwater flowing through the Columbia River system is forcing dam power turbines to operate overtime. reduce the dissolved gas levels to protect fish, Bonneville Power Administration increased generation of hydroelectric power so water goes through the turbines and not over the dams. ...BPA also alerted the region's wind farms to its inability to absorb excess power.
12 Jun 2010

Swollen Columbia River churns so much electricity BPA is giving some away

Too much rain means too much water over the dams' spillways, and the resulting turbulence leads to excess dissolved oxygen in the water. That's harmful to fish, so the big dam operators in the region -- the Corps and Bureau of Reclamation -- divert as much water as possible into reservoirs or through the dams turbines to generate electricity. ...Complicating the picture is the region's growing fleet of wind turbines, which have been cranking out extra megawatts as the same storm cells dumping rain into the rivers have whipped wind speeds higher.
12 Jun 2010

How will new wind rules affect Kittitas Valley?

Longtime real estate broker Mary Morgan is concerned about the future, too. She's worried the county's ordinance could allow huge wind towers to dot locations around the valley and destroy its scenic, rural character for years to come for residents, those thinking of moving here and tourists.
29 May 2010

As wind power booms, so do the challenges

The Northwest wind industry, which currently is able to generate more than 2,700 megawatts of electricity during peak winds, is expected to more than double or triple in size by 2016. But the explosive growth in wind power isn't based on forecasts of growing regional demand for power. The expansion is driven by federal incentives that offer generous tax credits or stimulus grants to wind-power producers. ...In addition, state laws in Washington, Oregon and California require utilities to generate or purchase an increasing amount of their power from renewable resources.
23 May 2010
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