Wind Power News: Colorado
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Washington County Commissioners met Tuesday, July 13 for their regular weekly meeting. Bill Dorrenbacher opened the meeting with a reading and a prayer, which was followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” In public comment, Sally Strand spoke about wind and solar towers. She felt there should be more solar towers, although they want neither on their land. Strand also said they want more transparency from the companies – wanting to know how many they want to put up, how tall, . . . Complete story »
After a 12-year business relationship with the city of Pueblo, Denmark-based wind turbine company Vestas is on its way out. Vestas announced Thursday it has signed an agreement to sell its tower-manufacturing facility in Pueblo to CS Wind, a South Korean wind tower manufacturing company with facilities in Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Turkey. Financial details of the acquisition agreement, which has been signed but is pending regulatory approval, have not been publicly disclosed. “This is a continuation of moving . . . Complete story »
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 »
Imagine you’re hauled into court. The prosecutor is paid to get you punished. We all get that. Now imagine the law changed so that the judge’s job is also to get you punished. And finally, imagine if your defense lawyer has to work against you. Well, that’s pretty much what has happen to you as an energy consumer. Power utilities play the prosecutor; the Public Utilities Commission is the judge, and the Office of Consumer Council is your court-appointed defender. . . . 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 »