August 1, 2013

Hearing on wind farm project

Written by Tony Rayl | The Yuma Pioneer | 01 August 2013 |

Wind turbines might be seen in the future north of the Wray-Laird area in eastern Yuma County.
Invenergy Wind Development LLC, on behalf of Wray Wind Energy LLC, has presented an application for a Yuma County Major Land Use Permit for a wind energy project. Wray Wind Energy LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind Development LLC. Michael Baird, vice president, development, out of Littleton is in charge of the project for Invenergy.
A public hearing will be held on the project on Thursday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wray City Hall Roundhouse at 245 W. Fourth St. The Yuma County Planning Commission will be holding the hearing.
Invenergy LLC develops, owns and operates power generation facilities in North America and Europe. It has developed more than 7,100 of utility-scale renewable and natural gas-fueled power generation facilities. According to information on its website, it is the largest independent wind power generation company in North America.
Invenergy Wind has developed and placed into service 40 wind farms across the United States, Canada and Europe, totaling more than 3,400 megawatts (MW).
The company now has set its sites on Yuma County.
The Wray project would include up to 56 wind turbines, with a total project output capacity of approximately 90 MW. Invenergy reports it would have the capacity to supply energy to more than 44,000 homes. The planned turbines includes a monopole tower with a hub height between 260 feet and 315 feet, and a rotator diameter of 330 feet.
Invenergy reports that the $150 million project is expected to generate more than 150 jobs on-site during construction, as well as approximately 8-10 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. In addition, Wray Wind is expected to generate millions of dollars over the life of the project to the local economy, in the form of property tax revenue, lease payments to project landowners, and employee salaries, according to the Invenergy statement.
Permanent support facilities include access roads, a communications and electricity collection system, and an overhead 115 kilovolt transmission line to connect the collector substation to a new Western Area Power Administration substation.
An overhead transmission line would connect WAPA’s new substation to its existing transmission network near the Wray substation located at the north end of town.
The wind turbine field would be located north of the Highway 34 corridor between Wray and Laird, stretching several miles to the north. The proposed location is approximately the same area as the Republican River Compact pipeline, and its well field. Property owners within the turbine field include Cure Land LLC, Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners, Robert and Sandra Crossland, Bill Doke Family Limited, Randall and Linda Doke, and Gleason E. Dryden Revocable Trust.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies typically own and operate the wind projects developed by Invenergy Wind Development LLC, as is planned for the Wray Wind Energy Project. All projects owned by Invenergy are managed out of the headquarters office in Chicago, Illinois. Project companies such as Wray Wind Energy LLC enter into long-term operating agreements with Invenergy Services LLC (Invenergy Services).
Invenergy stated a specific construction timeline is still to be determined, and the company will announce further developments in the near future.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with our host community, contributing to its economic development, and harvesting a new supply of clean, renewable energy in Colorado,” Invenergy writes in its statement.
One can contact the Yuma County Commissioners office at 332-5796 for more information.
Information for this article has come from the legal notice that ran in The Yuma Pioneer, the application on file with the Yuma County Commissioners Office, a statement from Invenergy, and Invenergy’s website.

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