Wind Power News: Colorado
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The Washington County Commissioners met Tuesday, April 6. Pastor James Glisan of the First Presbyterian Church of Akron opened the meeting with a prayer, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Several people attended the meeting to voice their opinions about the wind towers that they are wanting to bring to the county. Sally Strand spoke first and said she does not want the wind towers brought into the county. “I appreciate the fact that you are listening to us today. . . . Complete story »
Democrats on Capitol Hill are fighting to make it more difficult to seize land for natural gas pipelines. But a climate policy-driven buildout of electricity transmission lines in the near future poses similar challenges. Frances Koncilja, a former Colorado electricity regulator appointed by now-Sen. John Hickenlooper when he was governor, is sounding the alarm about legislation that proponents say is a lynchpin of the state’s campaign to hit 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. The bipartisan bill would pave the . . . Complete story »
Xcel plans to double its renewable energy generation by 2030. It’ll cost consumers $8 billion to do it.
Xcel Energy will spend $8 billion to double its renewable energy generation and storage and add new transmission lines, while closing all of its coal-fired power plants in Colorado by 2040. The initiative, unveiled Wednesday, would reduce Xcel’s carbon emissions in Colorado 85% from 2005 levels by 2030. A state law requires regulated utilities to cut carbon emissions by 80% in the next 10 years. The utility’s “Clean Energy Plan” will be submitted to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission at . . . Complete story »
After reading the the article about the power shortage in Texas, you’d think the people in charge would rethink the alternative energy plan. Anyone with knowledge of energy production such as coal-fired power plants, natural gas pipelines, compressor stations, nuclear power plants and the like produce massive amounts of heat when running. It is obvious that someone made some very serious mistakes in Texas with regards to the power grid. We know that there has been a huge failures of . . . Complete story »
Vestas is ending its wind turbine blades manufacturing in Brighton and will lay off hundreds of workers in the state as it shifts to lower production and more wind farm servicing. The Danish company, which made Colorado’s Front Range its wind power manufacturing hub for North America, plans to lay off 450 from its wind turbine manufacturing across its three plants in northern Colorado and its steel tower plant in Pueblo. Some layoffs in Brighton will take place in 60 . . . Complete story »
Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s wholesale electricity provider, Tri-State Generation, filed a plan with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission at the end of last year that states the wholesaler would double its solar and wind resources by 2030. Last year, the wholesaler released its responsible energy plan, which promises to close its coal power plants in New Mexico and Colorado by 2030. “It’s very impressive, and they’re intent on fulfilling it,” said association CEO Paul Erickson. “Now, it is a . . . Complete story »
A Jan. 15 Times-Call article noted the issuance of the finalized Colorado plan for greenhouse gas emission reduction. No significant changes are apparent from last year’s draft plan. So, my comments on the draft plan in the Oct. 20, 2020, Times-Call still apply. I noted then that the plan is massive in scope and invokes a level of government interference and control in our lives never before seen. Power generation will be shifted almost completely to wind and solar. Power . . . Complete story »
In other business, the commissioners approved several items related to NextEra Energy’s Niyol Wind Farm project, including development agreements between the county and Niyol for constructing the wind energy project and the energy transmission line tied to the project, as well as a master road use agreement for the company’s regulated use of affected county roads. Niyol Project Manager Jennifer Herron gave information about the sound reports the company will provide to the county to ensure noise decibel levels created by the turbines are 50 decibels or less, as well as the process for decommissioning. Complete story »
Renewable energy manufacturer Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. is cutting 185 positions from its staff in Brighton as it discontinues one of its products made there and general demand falls. The downsizing at its wind turbine and blade factories is scheduled be completed Jan. 17, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice the company filed with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on Tuesday. Vestas is a U.S. subsidiary of the Danish wind giant, which manufactures . . . Complete story »
The term “nimby” is an acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard.” It refers to opposition by residents to proposed developments in their local area, as well as support for strict land use regulations to prevent them. It implies that such residents are only opposing the development because it is close to them and that they would tolerate or support it if it were built farther away. I imagine those Longmont residents who repeatedly call for more of . . . Complete story »