Library filed under General from Washington
Five people are facing manslaughter charges for the death of a Chehalis man who died in January 2020 when a trench that had not been reinforced collapsed during construction of the Skookumchuck Wind Farm along the border of Lewis and Thurston counties. The charges were filed in Lewis County Superior Court on Aug. 9 — 20 months after the death of 24-year-old Jonathan F. Stringer, who left behind a young daughter and a fiancée.
The group calls offshore wind development “a threat to the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and our way of life in Maine.” It asks the Governor's Energy Office to complete an offshore wind “road map” before bringing large-scale projects to the Gulf of Maine. A demonstration project with one turbine is scheduled to be installed off Monhegan Island and a larger project of up to 12 turbines is in the pipeline off Maine southern coast. A general oval-shaped location has been determined and the state is in the process of identifying a specific site.
BENTON COUNTY, WA – Scout Clean Energy (“Scout”), withdrew a request for expedited processing of the Horse Heaven Wind Farm application for site certification through Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC).
The potential wind farm, south of Tri-Cities, has brought up opposition from a group in the area, Save Our Ridges. “It’s not wanted and it’s not needed,” Barry Bush with Save Our Ridges said.
There is a growing opposition to this project in the region, just for these reasons. Interestingly, Scout Clean Energy has applied for Site Certification by going straight to the State authorities, circumventing the county government, knowing that the locals do not want this project and hoping that the state’s goal of 100% non-fossil fuel by 2045 will push this through against them. The real problem is that Scout Clean Energy is building this wind farm in the wrong state.
A company out of Boulder, Colorado named Scout Clean Energy has applied for a permit to build a massive turbine wind farm in Washington State on the Horse Heaven Hills, extending from the town of Benton City, through the Tri-Cities, to the town of Finley. The wind farm will have upwards of 250 turbines that are 500 feet tall and cover about 6,500 acres (over 10 square miles).
Work on the site came to a halt earlier this year when 24-year-old worker Jonathan F. Stringer, of Chehalis, was killed in a trench collapse. RES-Americas is still the primary contractor currently leading the project, White said. The company and two others are currently under investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
Late last year I had a discussion with one of these so-called environmentalists at an industry meeting in Portland. She explained to me that they always will be able to build turbines in Eastern Washington because the counties get paid handsomely via taxes and the farmers that own the land get millions of dollars per year via federal subsidies. I explained to her that we are tired of being paid off so they can destroy our environment. I told her that I find it ironic that the federal government can tax us and then give the money to vulture capitalists so they can use the money to destroy our local community.
The company then would need to find buyers for the electricity that would be produced. It could have buyers in place in time to start construction of wind turbines in October. The company also will be working with the Kennewick Irrigation District, to get an easement to the Bonneville Power Administration’s Red Mountain substation.
The Skookumchuck wind energy project, first pitched in Thurston County more than a year ago, continues to inch its way through the land-use process.
Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power — $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings — that at least one council member is regretting her decision to purchase them. ...The return on investment is over 50 years.
A 52-turbine wind energy project called Skookumchuck Wind Energy has been pitched for the southeast corner of Thurston County and northeast Lewis County.
While the flurry of wind farm creation that occurred across the Pacific Northwest for the better part of the last decade has subsided, proponents of wind energy say it’s still important for utility companies and other energy experts to keep finding ways to more effectively harness the wind.
Opponents of a wind farm on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge are challenging the approval to connect the project to the energy grid.
If you're one of the thousands of people who hike, hunt or camp in the national forests just south of here, you might see trees replaced with wind turbines. The U.S. Forest Service is drafting a plan that would deem more than half of the land prime for wind farms.
Seeking to curb how much power it must buy from the Stateline Wind Project in Umatilla and Walla Walla counties, the utility earlier this month sued J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corp., a branch of New York-based J.P. Morgan, which owns the contract requiring EWEB to buy power from Stateline through 2026.
The future of this controversial project remains in limbo even after the court's decision, with important decisions yet to be made by state and federal agencies, no apparent market for the relatively small amount of energy the project might produce, and the phasing out of wind energy tax breaks and subsidies.
On Aug. 15 the county's planning official dropped the Mill Creek firm's proposal from a list of county land-use changes that would be considered for possible approval by the end of the this year. ...In a letter to Columbia Plateau’s project manager Doug Mitchell of Ellensburg, Hansen said the firm’s application had inadequate information on whether Columbia Plateau had legal access to the project’s proposed site.
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) this week released a new proposal to share the "oversupply costs" that pile up when there is not enough demand for all the electricity produced by hydroelectric dams and wind-power producers. During these oversupply periods, when wind-power producers may be asked to shut down, the plan would compensate them for lost revenue, according to Doug Johnson, a BPA spokesman.
A retired Western Washington University professor testified to a Republican-controlled state Senate committee Tuesday that climate change stopped in 1998 and that human-caused greenhouse gases are not responsible for fluctuations in the Earth's temperatures or melting polar ice caps.