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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.


January 18, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Eagle joins Vail Valley communities spending more for renewable energy

EAGLE – Eagle will spend 10% more each year for electricity to buy it from renewable sources. In 2019 the town paid Holy Cross Energy $260,000 for electricity. The town board voted on Jan. 14 to spend an additional $27,500 annually to get some of that electricity from what Holy Cross Energy says are renewable sources, including wind farms on the Eastern Plains and solar farms around the region. It’s all part of Holy Cross Energy’s Powered by Renewable Energy program . . . Complete story »


December 30, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County rancher spots squadron of drones flying in grid pattern at night near Genoa

LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. – Another squadron of drones has been sighted in the night skies over northeastern Colorado, this time in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Nestor said he received a report from a rancher who spotted five to 10 drones flying 200 feet in the air in a grid pattern around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. That rancher lives adjacent to a wind energy farm which stretches for miles. The Federal Aviation Administration limits drones to daytime operations – from one half . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra meets with landowners to answer questions

NextEra officials met with more than 100 Fleming area landowners and other interested area residents Thursday evening to answer questions about the Niyol Wind Energy Center, a wind farm NextEra plans to build west and south of Fleming in 2020 and 2021. Jennifer Herron, the project manager, conducted most of the meeting and fielded most of the questions, although she was accompanied by several other company officials. When it finally goes online two years from now, Niyol will be comprised . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Fleming area residents want ‘united front’ dealing with new wind farm

Fleming area residents want to present a united front when dealing with NextEra Energy concerning a planned wind farm to go in west and south of the town. According to information presented at a “town hall” meeting at Fleming School Monday night, the company intends to install 80 wind turbines in an area of about 150 square miles west, southwest and south of Fleming. there already are 42 turbines turning in a Western Area Power Authority wind farm north of . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners handle urgent matter in special meeting

The commissioners also approved a request from NextEra Energy Resources on behalf of Peetz Table Wind and Northern Colorado Wind for conditional use permits for temporary meterological towers on five parcels of land in northern Colorado. The MET towers, which will be around 263 feet tall, will be used to evaluate weather conditions for wind turbine installations in the Peetz area. NextEra is refurbishing 214 of the turbines in the Peetz area. All of the wind towers will receive new blades, hubs, variable pitch systems, bearings and main shafts, and gear box and oil coolers. In addition, some units will receive a generator refurbishment. Complete story »


November 13, 2019 • Arizona, Colorado, Press releases, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Senate committee holds hearing on Gardner, McSally public lands renewable energy bill

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing last week to review legislation being led by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) that would encourage renewable energy development on public lands. The Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) of 2019, S. 2666, was sponsored by Sen. McSally on Oct. 22 and supported by seven original cosponsors, including Sens. Gardner, Steve Daines (R-MT), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). “Geothermal, solar, and wind energy are all . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra briefs county on ‘repower’ wind turbine upgrades

NextEra Energy Resources will begin a six-month project next year to upgrade 214 wind turbines in the Peetz Table and Northern Colorado wind farms. Alsey Davidson, lead project manager for the upgrade, briefed the Logan County Commissioners Wednesday morning on what NextEra calls a “repowering” project. The upgrades will be to replace blades on the turbines with longer blades, and replacing some components on some of the generator turbines. Of the towers included in the repower project, 66 were manufactured . . . Complete story »


September 28, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners to handle short agenda Tuesday

The Logan County Commissioners will dispatch a relatively light work load at their regular business meeting Tuesday. At the top of the agenda is a resolution that would exempt portable wind turbine manufacturing equipment from property taxes in Logan County. The resolution would forgive proper taxes between 2020 and 2030 for property “used to manufacture wind turbines or components of wind turbines at the site where the wind turbines will be put into service … so long as the property . . . Complete story »


September 8, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel Energy names company to build huge Cheyenne Ridge wind project on Eastern Plains

Xcel Energy-Colorado has selected the development company Mortenson to build the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project on the state’s Eastern Plains. Mortenson and Xcel Energy said in a statement Thursday that the project, to be built over about 100,000 acres in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties, is scheduled for completion in December 2020. Turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply a total of 229 turbines for the wind farm. The $743 million project will include construction of a power substation and transmission . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2019 • Colorado, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Holy Cross, Guzman Energy announce wind farm project

A new wind-farm project in Colorado’s Lincoln County is expected to supply green power to Holy Cross Energy starting in mid-2021, the company announced last week. Holy Cross, a regional electricity cooperative based in Glenwood Springs, has signed an agreement with its partner, wholesale power provider Guzman Energy of Denver, to develop the 150-megawatt Arriba Wind Farm. Luxembourg-based NGC Partners, an international investment and asset management firm focused on the clean energy sector, also is involved in the facility’s development. . . . Complete story »


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