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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

November 6, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Moratorium on wind farm applications adopted

Phillips County commissioners have adopted a six-month moratorium on the processing of permits related to the construction of any wind farm system or facility within the county. The moratorium began Oct. 19 and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2022, unless the commissioners find the six-month period too brief or too long, at which point it can be shortened or extended. In the resolution, the commissioners acknowledged that they support harmonized development of commercial projects in . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Power companies’ plans to expand wind and solar on the Eastern Plains meets local headwinds

For years, Lacie Harman has watched wind turbines inch closer to her home on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The white towers now dot the prairie from Limon north to the Wyoming border but have skipped over Washington County, where her family has farmed and ranched for five generations. Harman is trying to keep it that way. Earlier this year, she founded a nonprofit called Sacred Horizons to push for strict regulations on renewable energy development east of Colorado’s Front Range. The . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Points to ponder for the public

A 2.5 megawatt tower, operating at a 40% efficiency rate, can generate a revenue of approximately $640,000 per year at $0.07 cents per kilowatt. In Washington County, the current building permit for an entire wind farm is under $1,000. A new building permit schedule of .02% of the cost each tower has been proposed, paid for by the wind companies. The moratorium needs to be extended long enough to implement this new building permit schedule. If it is not, wind . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Moratorium for solar, wind and transmission lines extended once again

Washington County Commissioners met Tuesday, September 28 at the Event Center, as they continued their public meeting on the wind, solar and transmission lines debate. Less than 100 people were present. Pastor James Glisan opened the meeting with a scripture reading and a prayer, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” The Department of Human Services presented their monthly report. The minutes of August 31 and the payroll and vouchers were approved. Pam McKay said there were nine referrals during the . . . Complete story »

October 4, 2021 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Utilities preen as PUC hands us the tab

So, while China is building a new dirty coal-fired power plant every week, who should pay the price to “save the planet” with expensive green energy? Well, we the captive ratepaying customers, the working people of Colorado of course! How do Colorado’s crony energy companies get away with it? To use the Godfather analogy, it happens because the chief of police, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in this case, works for the mob boss. Since there’s no actual competition for . . . Complete story »

September 30, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Community still wanting answers to wind turbine regulations

Citizens for the Preservation of Washington County hosted a community meeting last Wednesday, September 22 at the Akron Senior and Community Center to discuss the proposed wind turbine regulations in the county. County commissioners and the Planning and Zoning Committee were invited to answer citizens’ questions, such as how close they would be to schools, how close they would be to the golf course and how close they would be to homes. Approximately 50 residents were in attendance. Trent Twiss . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2021 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wake up Washington County, Colorado!

Wake up Washington County, Colorado! We’ve already lost the war with our water rights. We are currently losing the war to preserve this county. Our commissioners WILL NOT stand up and save us from big government. The sheer destruction of putting a reservoir out on the beloved land by the Buttes. To cover up centuries old Teepee rings and artifacts. Then we’ll dot the land with the ever presenting huge and ugly wind towers, solar panels and transmission lines. You . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan commissioners OK weather tower for proposed new wind farm

A Minnesota firm is looking at Logan County for yet another wind farm. Brady Evans, wind development manager for National Renewable Solutions of Minnetonka, Minn., appeared before the Logan County Commissioners Tuesday to request a Conditional Use Permit to erect a temporary meteorological tower about two miles southwest of Daily. The nearly-200-foot tower will measure and record weather conditions to assess siting of a proposed wind energy project in that area. Evans told the Journal-Advocate afterward the initial plan is . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

County residents largely oppose wind and solar towers at public hearing

The mid-morning meeting, held by the Washington County Commissioners, didn’t stop a crowd from about 120 attending a public hearing on wind and solar towers last Tuesday, August 24. No questions were allowed and each person who signed up to speak was given three minutes to say what they wanted. They issued the decisions by the Planning and Zoning committee on the rules and regulations for towers. A decision was to be made at the August 31 meeting. Lawyer Chris . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind towers draw large public interest

A meeting regarding the possible installation of wind towers in the county drew a crowd of about 80 last Thursday night, August 12. County officials scheduled the meeting at night so more people could attend when they were off work, after a suggestion from a county resident. County Administrator Misty Peterson and Assistant Administrator Denise Chavez ran the meeting. Peterson began the meeting by introducing the participants, most of them present on ZOOM. Karl Myers works for Tri-State Transmission and . . . Complete story »

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