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On Nov. 19, the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) published the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Rail Tie Wind Project, allowing for more assessments on the impact that the wind turbines will have.
In giving their approval, commissioners Sue Ibarra and Pete Gosar added several stipulations. ...Their requests included a one-mile turbine setback from non-participating residences, and a turbine setback from public roads of 1.5 times the turbine height plus the blade diameter. ...Gosar requested that aircraft detection lighting systems be installed on turbines or else ConnectGen seek a variance from the commission. “A good faith effort isn’t quite enough for me,” Gosar said. “The university has been here and has determined that night skies are important for a grant that they would like to maintain. That’s a fair arrangement — if you cannot secure ADLS, you petition to the county for a variance for those turbines, or you remove them from the project.”
After five hours of sometimes heated testimony regarding the proposed Rail Tie Wind Project, the Albany County Board of Commissioners closed the public hearing Tuesday night without making a decision. The commission now has 45 days to approve or deny ConnectGen’s application for a county permit to build a 500-megawatt wind project on 26,000 acres of public and private land near Tie Siding.
The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Rail Tie Wind Project application with a 5-0 vote during a meeting Wednesday evening.
The wind energy sector in the U.S. shattered records in 2020, recording its biggest year yet in terms of new capacity added to the grid.
Tucked against the foothills west of Tie Siding is a small cabin, under construction for the last seven years, representing the dreams and life savings of Carson and Loretta Aanenson. Better known around Laramie as Ace, Aanenson and his wife have been working on the project since 2014. “We come up and work on it whenever we get a few dollars,” he said.
When the wind blows from one direction it sounded like a jet was overhead; from another direction it thumped like a base drum. At night she was startled awake thinking someone was driving up her driveway. In December the tower closest to her house caught fire. Fighting a blaze 350 feet in the area is almost impossible, so it just burned out, sending flaming debris to the grasslands below.
GILLETTE, Wyo.- The slow, steady turning of thousands of wind turbines continues to pace a revolution in the U.S. domestic energy generation portfolio, or perhaps millions of small revolutions.
The federal permitting process takes about two years and was started at the beginning of 2020. A public comment period and public hearing will be scheduled after the draft EIS is released, followed by the final EIS this fall and then a record of decision. ConnectGen is also preparing applications for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Industrial Siting Division and Albany County, both of which will provide more opportunities for public comment.
“Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” — Joni Mitchell/Big yellow Taxi (1970)
In a 4-1 vote, the State Board of Land Commissioners approved the Rail Tie wind project in Albany County on Thursday, January 21. This reverses the Commission's previous decision in November to not extend the lease.
The 40-year deal with ConnectGen would be part of a larger 26,000-acre development, 80% of which would be on private land. ConnectGen estimates the entire project will generate $45 million for the state and $131 million for Albany County for a total of $176 million over the life of the project. The leases themselves would bring about $21 million over 40 years, hearing attendees said.
Wind turbines do displace pronghorn, which in return lose valuable food especially in winter months. ...“We know there is a negative effect, and we would fully expect that to translate that animals don’t eat as much, they don’t put on as much fat, they don’t survive the winter as well and have as many young, all of those are logical,” Kauffman said.
Wyoming lawmakers rejected a pair of bills Thursday aiming to raise revenues through the state’s energy industries, one of which would establish an excise tax on electricity production in the state and another that would increase the tax burden for the wind energy industry.
The collision caused the blade to impact with both the cattle trailer and the cab of the pilot vehicle. The pilot vehicle caught fire and was engulfed. The semi hauling the blade was also overturned.
A serious crash took place on Wednesday morning at around 11 a.m. in Sundance involving a semi hauling a large wind turbine blade, which was was rounding the corner into the Port of Entry at the time of the incident.
MEDICINE BOW — Only one multi-story building exists in this tiny town of under 300. The Virginian Hotel rises up 3 1/2 stories and sits in the heart of the town.
After impassioned public comment on the topic, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions sent a bill to next year’s legislative session that would eliminate a three-year electricity tax moratorium available to new wind energy projects.
The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission approved changes to the county’s commercial wind energy siting regulations during a meeting Tuesday, and those proposed changes will now go before the Board of Commissioners.
Wyoming lawmakers narrowly advanced a bill Wednesday that would remove an electricity tax exemption that applies to new wind energy projects in their first three years, with some on the committee viewing the exemption repeal as a way to potentially help the state's revenue streams.