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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.

March 25, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

County residents strongly oppose NextEra wind farm

Washington County Commissioners held their regular meeting Tuesday, March 17 with an audience of almost 30 people present. County Administrator Misty Peterson gave the invocation, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Assistant Administrator Denise Chavez presented the planning and zoning report. The first item was a building permit for Ryan Koch for a storage shed on his property and this was approved by the commissioners. Next, a right of way for Y-W Electric was discussed. The commissioners needed more information, . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Citizen group launches petition to force wind turbine regulations

An online petition to try to get new regulations formulated for wind turbines in Logan County is probably a non-starter, according to the chairman of the Logan County Board of Commissioners. A group of citizens in the Fleming area has been pressuring the commissioners to clamp down on the building of new, taller wind turbines for electrical generation. The group has previously said it wants setbacks and other requirements that, the commissioners believe, would essentially ban wind turbines from Logan . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners eye ban on turbine blades in county landfill

Wind turbine blades won’t be buried in the Logan County landfill any longer. Although no vote was taken, the Logan County Commissioners were in agreement at their workshop meeting Tuesday morning that a prohibition of the blades was in order. Matt Chrisp, landfill supervisor, told the commissioner the landfill has accepted three blades in the past eight years, and all of them were from outside the county. Chrisp said the blades have to be cut into 10-foot lengths so the . . . Complete story »

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 »

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