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Wind Power News: Colorado


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.

December 4, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How does Longmont’s commitment to birds square with reliance on wind power?

The city and residents of Longmont are obviously committed to wildlife preservation. The city’s wildlife management plan is an evidence of that commitment. Special attention is given to the protection of the bird population. The plan includes a specific raptor nest monitoring and protection program. Emphasis is placed on the safety of migratory birds but all birds are valued. And undoubtedly this concern for wildlife also extends to bats. Bats control insects, especially mosquitoes. And some bats also serve as . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Can Colorado get to 100 percent renewable energy? It’s complicated, utilities say

With one of Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates promoting 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, utility executives were asked during a summit Monday if that’s an achievable goal. The answer: It’s complicated. Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has set a goal of having all the electricity on the state’s grid come from renewable sources by 2040. His Republican opponent in the Nov. 6 election, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, has criticized the plan as too expensive. Kent Singer, executive director of the Colorado Rural . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel does an end run on the legislature — with an assist from Colorado’s PUC

When the Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently approved Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan, the commissioners made a highly politicized decision that ignored economic reality, bypassed the state legislature and allowed the company to break its promise to save customers money. Coloradans should be troubled not just by the plan itself, but by how it won approval through an end-run of the democratic process. In August 2017, Xcel unveiled the Colorado Energy Plan, (or CEP) to great fanfare. The plan’s cheerleaders, . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Energy future goals are a study in contradictions

The current controversy about how to regulate the gas industry and keep fracking complexes away from homes and businesses provides one more example of how Boulder and Colorado’s actual energy plans contradict our stated goals of having a clean and carbon free electrical system by 2030. This is because natural gas is necessary to run an energy system based on “renewables,” and the only viable source of natural gas in Colorado now is from fracking wells. In Boulder’s case the . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How looking environmental can make you a crony fortune

If you recall a few years back the dome of the state capitol was covered by white tarps as workers renovated it. The joke was when all the scaffolding and tarps finally came down, instead of the gold dome there’d be a huge Xcel Energy logo followed by the words, “why rent when we can own.” Xcel again proved its preeminent power over every crack and crevasse of state government when the governor’s appointed Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Colorado commission OKs Xcel Energy’s $2.5 billion power plan that leans on renewable energy

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s plan to shutter two coal plants and commit $2.5 billion for acquiring new electrical power sources, most of it wind, solar and battery storage systems. The PUC commissioners endorsed Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan in a Monday vote, ending more than a year of planning and hearings. “We face, for the first time, the possibility that a least-cost [energy] portfolio is not a fossil-based one,” said Jeffrey Ackermann, chairman of the PUC commissioners. . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators give OK to Xcel Energy’s $2.5B clean power plan

Colorado’s three-member Public Utilities Commission gave its approval on Monday to a proposed $2.5 billion investment in solar, wind and natural gas power in the state. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is seeking to build several large-scale renewable energy projects while retiring two of its coal-fired power plants in Pueblo. According to Xcel, the so-called Colorado Energy Plan will add about 1,100 megawatts of wind power and 700 MW of solar power to its grid by 2026. In a statement, Xcel Energy . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2018 • Colorado, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Wyoming wind farm to power Colorado communities

CHEYENNE – A proposed wind energy project to power northern Colorado communities would be operated on public and private Laramie County land. The Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project would deliver up to 150 megawatts of energy to more than 70,000 households in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park, Colorado, annually. A total of 75 turbines, managed by Utah-based Enyo Renewable Energy, would be built on 30,000 acres of land just north of the Wyoming-Colorado border, southwest of Cheyenne. The power . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2018 • Colorado, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Plan to build 75 wind turbines along Colorado-Wyoming border takes shape

A regional energy project entering final planning stages this fall is set to become one of northern Colorado’s largest sources of wind power. When finished the Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project will deliver roughly 150 megawatts of energy to thousands of homes and businesses in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park. The bump will nearly triple the amount of wind power the Platte River Power Authority currently sources. At a public forum held Aug. 15 Platte River spokesman Steve Roalstad . . . Complete story »

July 23, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The myth of 100 percent clean energy

Recent opinion pieces have suggested Loveland should move to a 100 percent renewable energy supply. I believe this to be just another utopian fantasy. As energy sources, wind and solar suffer from three basic deficiencies – they are inherently weak, intermittent and expensive. Consider, for example, replacing a typical 1,000 megawatt coal-fired or natural gas-fired power plant, which occupies less than one square mile of land. A comparable wind farm would consist of 3,000-3,500 turbines covering an area of 200-300 square . . . Complete story »

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