wind farms

Wind Farms Killing Bats
7:19 am
Thu November 14, 2013

600,000 Bats Killed At Wind Farms In 2012

A new study has found that more than 600,000 bats – possibly up to 900,000 – died at wind farms in the continental U.S. last year.
Credit Lee Carson

Researchers are getting a better sense of just many bats are dying because of spinning wind turbine blades. A new study says more than 600,000 bats may have been killed at wind farms last year.

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Columbia Gorge Wind Farm
6:26 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Washington Supreme Court: Columbia Gorge Wind Farm Can Be Built

A series of windmills in the Walla Walla Valley in southeastern Washington.
Credit Thad Westhusing

The Washington Supreme Court Thursday decided that the Northwest’s first wind farm in a forested, mountainous area can move forward. Environmental groups had challenged its proximity to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and it's effect on wildlife habitat.

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Wind Energy
7:05 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Local Wind Power Keeps Energy Close To Home

Martin Fleming
Credit Courtney Flatt

You’ve probably seen large wind farms spinning on ridgelines across the Northwest. A new study has found a growing trend throughout the Northwest: small wind turbines. These are mostly single turbines in people’s backyards, on farms, or supplementing power for businesses.

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Wind Energy
6:11 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Oregon Man Sues Wind Farm Developer

After years of complaints, one Northwest man is suing an energy company that built a wind farm near his home. Residents have complained that noise from the turbines is affecting their health.

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NW Historic Site
7:33 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line

Four human-like figures were painted here hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. BPA says it’s committed to preserving culturally sensitive spots and agreed to move the power tower 20 feet away from its original spot when the Yakama Nation brought up concerns over drilling near the cave.
Credit Mike Taylor / CultureWatch Northwest

Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year. Colin Fogarty begins our story in Wishram, Washington.

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Wind Tax Cedit
7:20 am
Wed October 10, 2012

No Wind Tax Credit Could Mean Fewer Jobs

Photo of wind turbine on the Palouse.
Photo Credit: Courtney Flatt

Those giant wind turbines that line ridges across the Northwest have brought green energy and construction jobs to many rural areas. But some of those jobs could disappear next year. That’s if Congress does not extend a tax credit that expires in December. Wind developers say the money is critical to the burgeoning industry. But critics say taxpayers should not subsidize wind energy.

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