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But in a recently released report, “Wind Power and Clean Energy Policy Perspectives,” the utility’s commissioners say they “do not support further wind power development in the Northwest.” ...“While development of wind farms may be politically fashionable and appeal to many in the general public as a harmonization of nature with electricity production, the science and economics indicate powering modern civilization with intermittent generation resources like wind and solar power comes at a high financial and environmental cost.”
In the months since Stringer’s death, neither RES-Americas, the head construction company tasked with contracting out the job, nor Southern Power, which owns a majority stake in the company, have commented on the incident. There’s also been no comment from either company on the state’s investigation. The 38-turbine Skookumchuck Wind Project, originally set to begin operating in December 2019, has undergone multiple setbacks and has yet to be substantially completed.
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 Olympian reported this week that the state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the incident. L&I already has three open investigations with three businesses that have ties to the project: Aerotek Inc., RES America Construction Inc. and Southern Power. A fourth investigation also could be opened with an RES America subsidiary, said L&I spokesman Frank Ameduri.
The man was buried during cabling work for the Skookumchuck project near Olympia, southwest of Seattle, said local police. A second worker was rescued and taken to hospital after the incident on 9 January.
According to the sheriff's office, two employees were working at the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project when a trench collapsed on top of them. Crews rescued one person who was partially buried. The other person was completely covered and died.
"This and direct collisions with the turbines has resulted in millions of bat deaths over the last two decades," said Rodhouse. Oregon and Washington have 3,600 wind turbines that generating capacity of 6,300 megawatts. Most wind farms are clustered near the Columbia River Gorge. Others are near Ellensburg and Walla Walla in Washington and Baker City in Oregon.
Oregon and Washington combined have 3,600 wind turbines with 6,300 megawatts of installed generating capacity. In both states, the majority of the wind farms are clustered near the Columbia River Gorge, east of The Dalles. Other farms in the region can be found near Ellensburg and Walla Walla in Washington, and Baker City in Oregon. While collisions with the propellers on wind farms cause many of the deaths, barotrauma is another problem.
There were approximately 201 people working the fire, including three strike teams, three hand crews, and air resources helped for part of the cycle. Level 3 evacuations were put in place for the Pine Creek Drainage area with 39 structures threatened. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 242 acres had burned.
Officials say the wind turbine that caught fire is owned by Avangrid and sits on privately-owned land. While 39 homes were threatened by the flames, no structures were damaged.
Fire engulfed the turbine 300 feet above the ground, causing melted pieces to fall to the ground, igniting grass and brush, according to the release. Gusting winds helped spread the wildfire, called the Juniper Fire, to between 350 and 500 acres by Saturday evening.
A moratorium on energy siting is critical here for tourism’s development. A statewide vision of tourism’s future and the long-term economic welfare of our communities is at stake.
Justyna Tomta’s article on the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project (Dec. 16, 2017) states that “Questions on the effects the turbines would have on the marbled murrelet were also raised, leading to the change in plans.”
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.
A new petition filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals aims to block a recent decision by the Bonneville Power Administration allowing the Whistling Ridge Energy Project to connect to the regional power grid. The challenge argues that BPA didn’t adequately review the impacts of the wind farm before making its decision. The action adds more uncertainty to a project that has lingered in limbo for years.