wind energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Wind Could Save California Money, Study Says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-wind-could-save-california-money-study-says <p>A new <a href="http://wyia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/revision-ca-wy-grid-integration-study-nrel-final-phase-i1.pdf">study</a> says energy generated from Wyoming wind could help California residents save up to one billion dollars annually in electricity costs. California’s renewable portfolio standard – or RPS – requires the state to get 33-percent of its energy from renewables by 2020. The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority commissioned the economic analysis. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:20:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55839 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Wind Could Save California Money, Study Says Feds extend duration of eagle-take permits http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/feds-extend-duration-eagle-take-permits <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"></div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Over the objections of environmental groups, the federal government agreed Friday to issue eagle-take permits to wind companies for 30 years, instead of five. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:28:20 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51029 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Feds extend duration of eagle-take permits Eagle-take permitting gets underway for Wyoming wind farm http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eagle-take-permitting-gets-underway-wyoming-wind-farm <p>The federal government is getting ready to issue its first eagle-take permit for a wind power project in Wyoming.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:12:11 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50821 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eagle-take permitting gets underway for Wyoming wind farm 'WingWhackers' app puts spotlight on conflict between birds and wind turbines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wingwhackers-app-puts-spotlight-conflict-between-birds-and-wind-turbines <p>A <a href="http://www.wingwhackers.com/" target="_blank">smartphone app</a> that’s trying to raise awareness about conflicts between wind turbines and birds saw a spike in downloads after a settlement over eagle deaths at wind farms in Wyoming was announced last week.<br /><br />The game is called WingWhackers, and the premise is pretty simple. You’re a protected bird of some kind -- an eagle, an owl, a hawk, and you need to make it home with dinner, through a field of spinning wind turbines.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:44:31 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50772 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'WingWhackers' app puts spotlight on conflict between birds and wind turbines Duke Energy makes strides to curb bird deaths after being fined http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/duke-energy-makes-strides-curb-bird-deaths-after-being-fined <p>A wind energy company that was fined a million dollars Friday for the deaths of 14 golden eagles at its Wyoming facilities says it’s making strides to mitigate future bird deaths.</p><p>Duke Energy spokeswoman Tammie McGee says Duke has removed rock piles that can attract prey and employs field biologists who send out alerts if turbines need to be shut down. She says they’re also working to install a radar system.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:42:02 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50411 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Duke Energy makes strides to curb bird deaths after being fined Bird migration routes coincide with high wind potential in Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bird-migration-routes-coincide-high-wind-potential-wyoming <p>Where exactly do migratory birds stop on their way across Wyoming? A <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/wyoming/mapping-migration-important-places-for-wyomings-migratory-birds.pdf">new study</a> answers that question for the first time, with any eye towards discouraging wind development in those places.<br /><br />Study leader Amy Pocewicz is a landscape ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming. She says the results show a lot of potential for conflict.<br /> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:37:43 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 48487 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bird migration routes coincide with high wind potential in Wyoming Wyoming wind farms take a toll on eagles http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-wind-farms-take-toll-eagles <p>Wyoming wind farms have killed more than 30 eagles in the last five years, according to a <a href="http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.3356/JRR-12-00019.1" target="_blank">new study</a> by several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists. That’s more than any state except for California -- and that’s despite Wyoming having relatively few wind turbines.<br><br>Brian Millsap is one of the study’s authors. He says it’s hard to say why Wyoming wind farms account for such a disproportionate percentage of eagle deaths. One explanation is that the state simply has more eagles than other places.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:26:37 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming wind farms take a toll on eagles Groups will ask for more time to comment on TransWest http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groups-will-ask-more-time-comment-transwest <p>The Bureau of Land Management hosted two meetings this week to collect public comments on the TransWest high-voltage wind power transmission line. That wasn’t enough for some, who say more opportunity for public input is needed.</p><p>The Wyoming Outdoor Council’s Richard Garrett says the federally mandated 90 day comment period is not sufficient. “We, together with a number of other conservation groups, are requesting a sixty-day extension to the comment period. We believe that there are a lot of things that need to be taken into account for this project to move forward,” he added.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:32:19 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 45549 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groups will ask for more time to comment on TransWest Wyoming ranks 14th in the nation for wind energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-ranks-14th-nation-wind-energy <p>The Department of Energy says that Wyoming is 14<sup>th</sup> in the nation based on the amount of wind it can turn into electricity. But the state did not add any new wind projects last year. The DOE’s Jose Zayas says there are several possible reasons.</p><p></p><p>“You do need to have access to large-scale transmission lines to move power out,” Zayas said. He added that Wyoming also does not consume as much electricity as other states.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:04:06 +0000 Willow Belden 45070 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming ranks 14th in the nation for wind energy Draft environmental impact statement released for massive transmission project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/draft-environmental-impact-statement-released-massive-transmission-project <p>The Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming is taking public comments on a long awaited 725 mile long transmission project.&nbsp; The Trans West Express transmission project was started in 2008 and is intended to take renewable energy from south central Wyoming to Nevada.&nbsp; Wyoming B-L-M Spokeswoman Beverly Gorney says they’ve had to consider a number of environmental and other issues in the draft environmental impact statement.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:16:31 +0000 Bob Beck 43229 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Draft environmental impact statement released for massive transmission project Dept. of Interior approves 3 major renewable energy projects http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dept-interior-approves-3-major-renewable-energy-projects <p>Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of three major renewable energy projects on public lands. Jewell emphasized her commitment to President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and said one of her top priorities was to continue the work started by her predecessor, Ken Salazar, to expand the nation’s renewable energy portfolio.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:03:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 41720 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dept. of Interior approves 3 major renewable energy projects Study says combining Wyoming and Colorado wind is a good idea http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-says-combining-wyoming-and-colorado-wind-good-idea <p> A University of Wyoming wind study shows that combining the wind resources of Wyoming and Colorado would benefit the Colorado energy grid.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>U-W Wind Energy Research Center Director Jonathan Naughton said that’s because wind in Colorado and Wyoming blows differently.&nbsp; He said that if the resources are combined, it would make wind power more consistent.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:39:47 +0000 Bob Beck 38871 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study says combining Wyoming and Colorado wind is a good idea Feedback Sought on Possible Wind Power Line http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/feedback-sought-possible-wind-power-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposed wind power transmission line&nbsp;wants feedback on its proposed route.&nbsp; The Zephyr Power Transmission Project is an approximately 850-mile transmission line that would deliver wind energy generated in eastern Wyoming to population centers in the southwestern U.S. As proposed, the project will begin at the Pathfinder Wind Energy Development near </span>Chugwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;cross portions of Colorado and Utah, and end up near the Eldorado Valley, just south of Las Vegas. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:02:25 +0000 Sara Hossaini 38644 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Feedback Sought on Possible Wind Power Line Researchers hope to improve wind farm efficiency http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/researchers-hope-improve-wind-farm-efficiency <p>A group of University of Wyoming researchers received $508,000 from NASA to study aerodynamics and wind resistance at Wyoming’s Supercomputing Center.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Energy reports that Wyoming has one of the highest capacities for wind power production in the country. But University of Wyoming Mathematics Professor Stefan Heinz says most wind farms aren’t arranged as efficiently as they could be. He says the wake of one turbine often disrupts the turbines around it, reducing efficiency.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:45:14 +0000 Luke Hammons 36331 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Researchers hope to improve wind farm efficiency Gov. Mead supports Wind Energy Tax Credit extension http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-supports-wind-energy-tax-credit-extension <p>Although Wyoming’s Congressional delegation favors phasing out the Wind Energy Tax Credit this month, Governor Matt Mead would like to see it continue.&nbsp;<br><br>The governor says he supports the Western Governors Association’s stance that the tax credit should be extended, but eventually phased out.<br> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:43:45 +0000 Bob Beck 33943 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead supports Wind Energy Tax Credit extension Enthusiasm for wind energy high outside Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/enthusiasm-wind-energy-high-outside-wyoming <p><strong>Next on the show is the a Wind Energy expert and the author of the book Harvest the Wind:&nbsp; America’s Journey to jobs, energy independence and climate stability.&nbsp; Phil Warburg tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that while it appears that enthusiasm for Wind Energy has slowed down in Wyoming, that is not the case in the rest of the country.</strong></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:13:49 +0000 Bob Beck 28367 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Enthusiasm for wind energy high outside Wyoming Officials concerned about the expiring Wind Tax Credit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/officials-concerned-about-expiring-wind-tax-credit <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An Aide to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, warned Wyoming government and industry officials yesterday (Tuesday) about the impact of expiring incentives for renewable energy projects.</p><p>Steve Black spoke at a meeting of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority in Jackson. He said both a grant program and a loan guarantee program for renewables have already expired. &nbsp;He adds that a tax credit that encourages wind projects is due to expire this year. Black says now is not the time to tax an industry that&#39;s just getting off the ground.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:02:49 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 18951 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Officials concerned about the expiring Wind Tax Credit