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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

January 16, 2024 • Colorado, Print storyE-mail story

Turbine at Colorado wind farm collapses, burns

A wind turbine at a northern Colorado wind farm folded in half and caught fire Thursday morning, startling neighbors who heard banging noises prior to the collapse. [Click here for photos.] The incident was reported at 8 a.m. No injuries were reported. Oil and grease from the generator caught fire after the tower’s collapse. Personnel from the Peetz and Crook all-volunteer fire departments responded. Employees from Invenergy – a Chicago-based company which first owned the wind turbine field and now . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2024 • Colorado, , Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine near Peetz collapses, catches fire

A second NextEra Energy wind turbine has collapsed in Logan County, this one near Peetz in an older wind farm. Firefighters from Peetz and Crook were called to the site near Peetz between 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday after one of the turbines apparently collapsed and caught fire. Logan County, Emergency Manager Jerry Casebolt told the Journal-Advocate word he heard at the scene was that the tower collapsed first and then caught fire. Casebolt said he believed NextEra personnel had . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2023 • Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

The Air Force asks Congress to protect its nuclear launch sites from encroaching wind turbines

“They’re monstrous, and then you have gigantic blades spinning on them as well. Not only is that a physical obstacle, but those turbines, they create the hazards like turbulence as well. That can be really dangerous for us to fly into. So it’s a very complex situation, when you have to deal with those.” Complete story »

June 24, 2023 • Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

In-depth: ‘Beyond belief’: Industrial wind developments could threaten fragile desert ecosystem

The scope and size of these projects are mind-boggling. A landmark interregional transmission line project has broken ground this week to carry high-voltage electricity 732 miles from the largest wind farm in North America to Nevada. The TransWest Express Transmission Project (TWE) will take electricity generated by the $5 billion, 3,000 megawatt, 600-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project (CSMWE) located in Carbon County, Wyoming, to the Market substation in Eldorado Valley, Nevada, which lies within the largely untouched . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2023 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Colorado legislators introduce legislation requiring energy companies to remove decommissioned wind turbines

The blight on the landscape of abandoned and decommissioned wind turbines stimulated Colorado’s U.S. Reps. Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn and Harriet Hageman, Wyoming, to introduce the Production Tax Credit Reform Act. According to a press release, the bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to require energy companies remove decommissioned wind turbines from leased land as a condition of receiving federal tax credits. Currently energy companies are not obligated to remove wind turbines from leased land once they are decommissioned, putting . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2023 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County adopts amended wind turbine regulations

After nearly two years and numerous delays and amendments, Logan County finally has regulations governing the installation, maintenance and decommissioning of wind turbines. By a 3-0 vote, the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday adopted the amended, 13-page document after nearly an hour of public comment. The commissioners were tweaking the language of the regs right up until the 9 a.m. start time for their work session. Later, during the business meeting, the board adopted nine individual amendments before adopting the . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2023 • Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers crack down on wind-turbine lights that flash all night

For pilots flying over rural America, a string of red lights flashing along the horizon is a warning that there might be a wind farm ahead. But for many residents on the ground, the lights are an eyesore that has ruined their view of the night sky and disrupted the bucolic stillness that defined their counties. “Imagine … red blinking stoplights…every night, all night long … and not in sync,” Gayla Randel, who can see the lights on more than . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2022 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

The wind turbines on his Colorado farm are 20 years old. Who’s going to take them down?

Peetz – It was the spring of 2000 when two wind company representatives came to Tom Fehringer’s farm near the Nebraska border. They told him about a coming wind project and pressed him to sign a contract on the spot to lease his land for turbines. Fehringer consulted an attorney in Sterling who said the contract was vague but fairly similar to what an oil and gas company might present. The agreement was signed within a few weeks. Fehringer soon had . . . Complete story »

June 25, 2022 • Colorado, Print storyE-mail story

Niyol wind turbine comes crashing down; NextEra is investigating

NextEra Energy is investigating the toppling of a wind turbine south of Fleming Wednesday. Steve Stengel, a spokesman for NextEra, said the company is looking into what caused the mast of the 300-foot turbine to buckle. Emergency responders first were notified late Wednesday afternoon that blades were falling off of a wind turbine in the Niyol Wind Farm near the intersection of County Roads 16 and 59, roughly 10 miles southeast of Sterling. When they arrived the found that the . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2022 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine snaps in half in Northeast Colorado

In Northeastern Colorado a sea of wind turbines spins to provide renewable energy for thousands. Fleming Volunteer fire department says they received a call Wednesday of blades falling off one turbine. When crews got on scene they found an entire tower had snapped in half and collapsed. Sterling Fire says it happened in the area of county road 16 and 59. There is no word yet on what caused the break to happen or how the turbine will be repaired . . . Complete story »

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