Wind Power News: Colorado
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The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has new information to consider about the Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado, following their regular meeting March 23. The wind energy center is owned by NextEra Energy Resources, who presented information on the project, including data about shadow flicker, infrasound and electromagnetic fields. The wind energy center, which has been fully operational since October 2015, consists of 145 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, connected to an electrical substation in . . .
Residents living by a wind farm near Calhan say the turbines are affecting their health and harming animals, despite reassurances from experts at this week’s El Paso County commissioners’ meeting. Jeff Wolfe, who lives close to NextEra Energy’s Golden West wind farm, said he’s experienced nausea, dizziness and migraines since it began operating in fall 2015. He attributes the symptoms to the low-frequency sound waves, known as infrasound, emitted by the 145 windmills. “This is poisoning people. It’s poisoning animals,” . . .
The wind farm in Eastern El Paso County continues to raise concerns for people who live nearby. Thursday, county commissioners got to hear those concerns, but it’s the infrasound from the wind farm homeowners say is the biggest problem. “It resonates inside your chest cavity, inside your head, and it’s just a resonate vibration that continually goes on. It won’t let you sleep at night, it wakes you up in the middle of the night, you can’t get a deep . . .
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An El Paso County commissioner said Thursday that safety and health concerns regarding the Nextera wind farm in Calhan may never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. “I don’t know that it’s within our authority to consider at this point in time,” said Commissioner Mark Waller. “It’s been approved. The process has already taken place to allow Nextera to operate a wind farm.” Ever since the wind farm opened last fall, a small but vocal group of . . .
A meeting next week will give locals the chance to learn more about a controversial wind farm near Calhan. At the El Paso County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting on Thursday, officials will provide an update on NextEra Energy’s Golden West wind farm, which was completed in the fall of 2015. Representatives from the Florida-based energy company are expected to provide information on the sound levels of the 145 windmills and detail the wind farm’s compliance with local regulations, according . . .
Craig – The route for the TransWest Express transmission line – set to traverse Northwestern Colorado on its 725-mile path from Wyoming to Nevada – received a final stamp of federal approval last month from the Western Area Power Administration, on the heels of Bureau of Land Management approval in December. The wind energy transmission project is expected to bring $600,000 to $900,000 in annual property tax revenue to Moffat County, according to TransWest, and up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of . . .
CALHAN, Colo. – Calhan residents expressed their complaints towards wind turbines at a county meeting on Tuesday. KRDO NewsChannel 13 was at that meeting to hear several passionate pleas from those who say they are fed up. Residents say wind turbines, which became active in 2015, are destroying their livelihood and their lives. “It’s killing me. I have seizures now. If I sleep in the bunker, the seizures go away, but they come back,” explained Sandra Wolfe. Wolfe is just . . .
Re: “Wind turbines and golden eagles; can we have both in the American West?” Jan. 28 guest commentary. The guest commentary by Noreen Walsh highlighting the conflict between wind farms and both bald and golden eagles pointedly fails to mention the number of such birds killed annually by collisions with the blades. While the Interior Department refuses to release the actual number, most estimates by both industry and environmental groups put the number of those deaths at between 300 and . . .
Wind farm gains commissioners’ approval; $1 billion project will take shape in southeast part of Elbert County
In a public hearing that ended in applause from the nearly 100 attendees, the Elbert County Board of Commissioners approved applications from Rush Creek Wind Farm and Xcel Energy to build a $1 billion wind farm and accompanying transmission lines in southeast Elbert County between Simla and Limon. “I don’t think anyone has seen a nearly billion-dollar project walk into Elbert County in their lifetime,” Commissioner Chris Richardson said. The commissioners approved the project by a vote of 3-0 on . . .
Re: “Eagles and wind power can coexist,” Jan. 5 letter to the editor. Tom Vinson, in his letter on wind turbines and eagles, writes, “More than 90 percent of wind projects have zero impact. Of those that do, the vast majority impact a single eagle over 30 years.” While the wind industry has made improvements in the siting of wind farms and consideration of impact to eagles, fatality surveys do not support his last sentence. If there is eagle nesting . . .