in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

In response to a letter from Gov. Christine Gregoire, D-Wash., the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) adopted an order recommending that Gregoire approve a modified version of the proposed Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project near Ellensburg, Wash. EFSEC already recommended the project to Gregoire for approval in May.

EFSEC's new order recommends modification of the project to include a provision that when considering final siting of turbines within 2,500 feet of a nonparticipating landowner's residence, the project developer shall give "highest priority" to increasing the distance of the turbine from the residence, even beyond the minimum four-times-height setback.

EFSEC retains final approval authority of the final turbine siting and will review the placement of each turbine, the council adds. Once Gregoire officially receives EFSEC's recommendation, she has 60 days to approve or reject the revised Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project proposal.

If approved, the project will generate 98 MW to 195 MW of wind power - depending on the output of the turbine used - and will connect with the nearby Bonneville Power Administration and/or Puget Sound Energy transmission systems.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015