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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.


April 16, 2022 • Colorado, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The clean-power megaproject held hostage by a ranch and a bird

There’s a big piece of land in lonely northwest Colorado where the grassy plains meet the mountains, wide-antlered elk drink from icy rivers and sage-grouse pump their chests in wild mating dances each spring. Ranch hands still ride herd on thousands of cattle and sheep here, just as they started doing 150 years ago when Texas cowboys first drove cows north into the high country. The Cross Mountain Ranch is one of the last pieces of a historic American West . . . Complete story »


Wind energy company pleads guilty to killing eagles

The wind energy company ESI Energy Inc. (ESI) must pay more than $8 million in fines and restitution and serve a five-year probation after pleading guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, according to a statement released by the United States Department of Justice. In the U.S., ESI is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., one of the largest providers of renewable energy, per Reuters’ Barbara Goldberg. The company deliberately elected not to apply for proper permits for “any . . . Complete story »


Ruling on eagle deaths divides wind power industry

The sentencing of a wind energy company this week in the deaths of at least 150 eagles has brought renewed focus to the complicated relationship between wind turbines and birds. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy, the world’s biggest generator of wind and solar power, pleaded guilty to three deaths of bald and golden eagles in Wyoming and New Mexico. It also acknowledged that more than 100 other eagles had been killed across 50 of its 54 wind farms, primarily during . . . Complete story »


Wind operator to pay $8M in pact over killing eagles

A leading wind farm operator has agreed to pay fines and other fees totaling just over $8 million, plus potentially spending millions of additional dollars, because its operations were linked to the deaths of at least 150 eagles over about a decade. Partly at issue was whether the energy producer should have applied for permits before its operations killed the birds, or if the business should have taken other actions. The legal case points up the fact that responsible wind . . . Complete story »


Energy company to pay up to $35 million after turbines killed eagles

An American wind energy company has admitted to killing at least 150 bald and golden eagles, most of which were fatally struck by wind turbine blades, federal prosecutors said. ESI Energy pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) after eagles died at three of its facilities in Wyoming and New Mexico, according to a statement from the Justice Department. The MBTA prohibits killing, capturing or transporting protected migratory bird species without a permit. . . . Complete story »


US firm fined $8m after 150 eagles die at its wind farms

A US-based wind energy firm called ESI Energy, has been slapped with an $8m fine after at least 150 eagles died at its wind farms across eight states over the last 10 years. The company has also been given five years of probation. ESI Energy, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, has pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The company acknowledged the deaths of golden and bald eagles since 2012 at its farms in Wyoming, . . . Complete story »


Renewables company pleads guilty, must pay $8 million for wind-turbine deaths of 150 eagles

A renewable-energy company subsidiary pleaded guilty on federal criminal charges Tuesday and ordered to pay $8 million in fines and restitution for killing more than 150 eagles at wind farms in eight states. In addition ESI Energy, a subsidiary of renewables giant NextEra Energy, received five years of probation on three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act stemming from the deaths of nine eagles in wind farms in Wyoming and New Mexico. Golden and bald eagles at 50 . . . Complete story »


Wind energy company kills 150 eagles in US, pleads guilty

A subsidiary of one of the largest U.S. providers of renewable energy pleaded guilty to criminal charges and was ordered to pay over $8 million in fines and restitution after at least 150 eagles were killed at its wind farms in eight states, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. NextEra Energy subsidiary ESI Energy was also sentenced to five years probation after being charged with three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act during a court appearance in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The . . . Complete story »


March 18, 2022 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Some changes suggested to draft wind turbine regulations

Logan County’s Planning Commission will be taking another look at its draft wind energy regulations. Several changes were suggested during a loosely-structured and occasionally heated public hearing Tuesday evening. Commission Chairman Dave Whitney opened the meeting by reading a statement, which he has submitted to the South Platte Sentinel and the Sterling Journal-Advocate as letters to the editor. In the statement, Whitney called for an indefinite moratorium on wind and solar projects in Logan County. He claimed that policies of . . . Complete story »


February 2, 2022 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners extend moratorium for wind, power, transmission lines

Washington County Commissioners met Tuesday, January 25. Commissioner Tony Wells was absent from the meeting. Pastor Linda Hover of the Howard United Methodist Church opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Teresa Traxler from the Department of Human Services gave the monthly report from the department. The minutes from the December 28 meeting, the payroll and vouchers were approved. Numbers were up slightly. The department is working on a few grant applications. They also received . . . Complete story »


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