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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


April 19, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

A challenging time for aerial applicators as they share the air with other aircraft

With an increasing use of wind energy in Colorado, the use of Meteorological Evaluation Towers (MET towers) is increasing. The towers, used to determine location suitability for the placement of wind towers, are 200 feet above ground level and, as such, do not have to be on aviation charts or marked in accordance with the FAA definition of obstructions. The towers are often in proximity to agricultural land, are slim and difficult for a pilot to see, and are stabilized with guy wires. Multiple fatalities have occurred from collisions with MET towers in the United States, including the death of 25-year aerial application veteran Stephen Allen in California. His family was awarded $6.7 million in a wrongful death suit in 2014 when it was determined that Allen was not made aware of the MET tower by the landowner, property manager, or client that contracted the spray job. Complete story »


February 13, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Tri-State announces new CEO and new Colorado wind farm to power 47K homes

In dual announcements Tuesday, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association said it has named a new CEO and is adding its fifth utility-scale wind farm in Colorado. Westminster-based Tri-State, which serves member electric cooperatives in Colorado and other states, has named Duane Highley as its new CEO. Highley, the current president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., will start April 5. He will succeed Mike McInnes, who is retiring. In a separate announcement, Tri-State said it plans to install a . . . Complete story »


February 7, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County Sheriff’s Office investigating man’s death at wind farm

LOGAN COUNTY, Col. – On Tuesday, February 5, at approximately 2:05 p.m. the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Fire Department, and Fleming Fire Department were dispatched to a wind farm site on County Road 40, near County Road 83, northeast of Fleming, Colorado. Upon arrival, the respondents found a deceased male whose information has yet to be released. In a press release from Logan County Sheriff Brett Powell, the man was an employee of Axis Crane who was working at . . . Complete story »


February 5, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Is the Gov. Polis 100 percent renewable energy plan do-able?

As a candidate and as Colorado’s new governor, Jared Polis has pushed the goal of producing 100 percent of Colorado’s power from renewable sources by 2040. That commitment, he said in his State of the State address Jan. 10, “is not just about climate change. It’s about saving money for consumers with cheaper energy, and it’s about making sure the good-paying green jobs of the future are created right here in Colorado.” A week later, Polis issued an executive order . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental priorities at odds in decision to bring clean energy to Fort Collins

A transmission line from Wyoming to the Rawhide Energy Station north of Wellington isn’t just a conveyance of clean wind energy from the Cowboy State – it’s a reminder of Fort Collins’ competing environmental priorities. The transmission line will cut through almost 10 miles of the city-owned Meadow Springs Ranch area on its way to the power plant. It will carry an estimated 150 megawatts of new wind energy, enough to power more than 70,000 homes. It would be a key . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How does Longmont’s commitment to birds square with reliance on wind power?

The city and residents of Longmont are obviously committed to wildlife preservation. The city’s wildlife management plan is an evidence of that commitment. Special attention is given to the protection of the bird population. The plan includes a specific raptor nest monitoring and protection program. Emphasis is placed on the safety of migratory birds but all birds are valued. And undoubtedly this concern for wildlife also extends to bats. Bats control insects, especially mosquitoes. And some bats also serve as . . . Complete story »


October 31, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Can Colorado get to 100 percent renewable energy? It’s complicated, utilities say

With one of Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates promoting 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, utility executives were asked during a summit Monday if that’s an achievable goal. The answer: It’s complicated. Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has set a goal of having all the electricity on the state’s grid come from renewable sources by 2040. His Republican opponent in the Nov. 6 election, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, has criticized the plan as too expensive. Kent Singer, executive director of the Colorado Rural . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel does an end run on the legislature — with an assist from Colorado’s PUC

When the Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently approved Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan, the commissioners made a highly politicized decision that ignored economic reality, bypassed the state legislature and allowed the company to break its promise to save customers money. Coloradans should be troubled not just by the plan itself, but by how it won approval through an end-run of the democratic process. In August 2017, Xcel unveiled the Colorado Energy Plan, (or CEP) to great fanfare. The plan’s cheerleaders, . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Energy future goals are a study in contradictions

The current controversy about how to regulate the gas industry and keep fracking complexes away from homes and businesses provides one more example of how Boulder and Colorado’s actual energy plans contradict our stated goals of having a clean and carbon free electrical system by 2030. This is because natural gas is necessary to run an energy system based on “renewables,” and the only viable source of natural gas in Colorado now is from fracking wells. In Boulder’s case the . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How looking environmental can make you a crony fortune

If you recall a few years back the dome of the state capitol was covered by white tarps as workers renovated it. The joke was when all the scaffolding and tarps finally came down, instead of the gold dome there’d be a huge Xcel Energy logo followed by the words, “why rent when we can own.” Xcel again proved its preeminent power over every crack and crevasse of state government when the governor’s appointed Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan . . . Complete story »


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