Wyoming Wind Power Controversy

Complaints about the wind is prevalent here in Cheyenne. The USAF even uses it to test planes here. But could it be an answer we all need?

Casper Star Tribune:

“With fossil fuels, like coal, Wyoming sets aside some of money from taxes in a permanent mineral trust fund. The idea is that severing valuable products from Wyoming now robs future generations of those resources, so taxes compensate for that.

Wind should be similar, particular when everyone is talking about economic diversification as fossil fuels face uncertainty, Cale argues.

“Like it or not, we have to have something to replace our tax base,” he said. “Clearly coal is going away.”

Despite being consistently blocked in his and Madden’s push for increasing the tax, Case said he will simply try again next year.

In the meantime, he’s looking for ways to bypass a hesitant Legislature and appeal to voters. He thinks he can garner enough support for a citizens’ initiative. Case is also reaching out to opinion writers that raise concerns about wind in the media and is trying to convince members of Wyoming’s Republican party to get behind a tax increase.

“There is just a lot on the table right now,” Case said. “I don’t think people even understand that these projects multiply the number of turbines that we have now.”

energy.gov:

Other considerations might have solutions:

http://www.digitaltends.com:

We’re big fans or renewable energy sources, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t come without their own (sometimes unforeseen) challenges. One such challenge? The issue of birds, including federally protected avians such as bald eagles and golden eagles, flying into wind turbines. While bird deaths by wind turbine are comparatively rare next to other causes of fatality, it’s still a problem that needs to be looked into — particularly when it comes to endangered species.”

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These articles are just a tiny bit of information on using wind for a power source. Here in the western states we have the opportunity to harness it, but there are debates. What do you think?

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11 thoughts on “Wyoming Wind Power Controversy

  1. I’m glad you did. I’ll have to look into that. There is an accompanying article about two sisters who oppose it because they have a well near proposed site. With your info, I’ll have to research it more. Do you have any specific Web address for the UK farmer debaucle

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  2. We have this all over Germany and in the North-Sea. I think around 10 % of energy are now here produced with the wind. Does not look always nice in landscapes, is harming and killing birds also but no way out for a cleaner air. Nice weekend! @ Ulli

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  3. we have these turbines all over the place in Oklahoma…the BEST part of using them? You can sign up for total wind power through your electric company, use all you want and pay about 1/10th of what it would cost for however they normally provide it. We went from 125.00 a month bill to a 32.00 a month bill! WOOT! Plus they look really cool!

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