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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 3, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Eastern El Paso County residents commission studies to fight wind farm

Three families in eastern El Paso County have spent at least $65,000 on research that they say should be enough to shut down an area wind farm. They blame the 145 turbines at NextEra Energy’s Golden West wind farm for their health problems and the deaths of more than a dozen of their animals since the turbines began rotating in 2015. The human health impacts range in severity, from nausea and headaches to cardiovascular problems, said Sandra Wolfe, who lives . . .

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June 3, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

What’s up with wind farm complaint process

On March 23, NextEra Energy Resources, owners of Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado, went before the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners and brought in various experts who presented data about shadow flicker, infrasound and electromagnetic fields. The wind energy center became fully operational in October 2015; since then, residents have reported negative effects from the 145 453-foot-tall industrial wind turbines. The effects include decreased body temperature, headaches, dizziness, nausea and sleep disturbances. Health problems with . . .

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April 1, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm concerns resurface at county

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 . . .

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March 24, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Reassurances fail to convince some neighbors El Paso County wind farm is safe

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,” . . .

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March 24, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Homeowners speak to El Paso County county commissioners on wind farm concerns

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 . . .

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March 24, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Calhan wind farm situation remains unresolved; Nextera says turbines are within safety guidelines

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 . . .

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March 18, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Residents’ concerns about wind farm to be addressed at next El Paso County commissioners’ meeting

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 . . .

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February 11, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Boon or bust? TransWest signals tax revenues for Moffat County, tough negotiations for landowners

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 . . .

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February 8, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Calhan residents say wind turbines are causing health issues

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 . . .

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February 4, 2017 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

The facts about how many eagles are killed by wind turbines

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 . . .

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