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.
Re: “Eagles and wind power can coexist,” Jan. 5 letter to the editor. Tom Vinson, in his letter on wind turbines and eagles, writes, “More than 90 percent of wind projects have zero impact. Of those that do, the vast majority impact a single eagle over 30 years.” While the wind industry has made improvements in the siting of wind farms and consideration of impact to eagles, fatality surveys do not support his last sentence. If there is eagle nesting . . .
The Golden West Wind Energy Center, owned by NextEra Energy Resources and located in Calhan, Colorado, has been fully operational since October 2015. More than a year later, some residents living within the wind farm’s footprint are still experiencing negative physical and psychological effects from the 145, 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, with no solution in sight. According to the September 2015 issue of “The New Falcon Herald,” the wind farm effects ranged from feeling dizzy and nauseous to concerns . . .
The Boulder City Council has formally adopted a series of climate targets that, among other things, call for Boulder getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goals also call for the city to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. The Daily Camera reported that city leaders believed the goal was, in the paper’s words, “ambitious but doable.” Getting 100 percent of the electricity Boulder uses from renewable is . . .
“No animal says America like the bald eagle,” says Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a new statement calling recovery of the bald eagle “one of our greatest national conservation achievements.” He is right about the importance of the bald eagle to Americans. It was adopted as our national emblem even before the Constitution, and has graced our national seals, coinage, currency, and documents ever since. So when bald eagles nearly disappeared from the landscape, . . .
Residents living within the Golden West Wind Energy Center’s footprint in Calhan, Colorado, have reported negative physical and psychological effects from the turbines since it became fully operational in October 2015. The center consists of 145 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, connected to an electrical substation in Falcon by 29 miles of overhead transmission lines. Magda Havas, an associated professor of environmental and resource studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, said those negative effects are related to the . . .
Huge Rush Creek Wind project gets PUC OK; 600-megawatt project crosses five eastern Colorado counties
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Friday gave the green light to a settlement Xcel Energy and several other parties reached on the 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project in eastern Colorado. “I’m very pleased that almost 20 parties could join together and support a comprehensive settlement that significantly increases renewable energy in the state, will be a driver of economic development in rural Colorado, and helps sustain the renewable energy supply chain that has matured in Colorado,” PUC Chairman Joshua . . .
Xcel Energy Inc.’s proposal for a massive, $1.1 billion 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm and 90-mile transmission line in eastern Colorado was approved Friday by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The three commissions on Friday verbally approved a settlement Xcel (NYSE: XEL) announced in early September in support of the Rush Creek wind farm and power line as well as for another major transmission line. The wind farm will generate enough power to meet the needs of about 180,000 homes . . .
Xcel Energy said Tuesday it has reached a settlement that will speed up the development of a 600-megawatt wind project and the construction of a 125-mile transmission line to move energy to the Front Range from the eastern plains. The Rush Creek Wind Project, proposed across five eastern Colorado counties, would rank as the state’s largest, boosting wind generation capacity by 20 percent. It would also be the first in Colorado entirely owned and operated by Xcel Energy. As the . . .
As the nation prepares to celebrate America’s birthday, conservationists are in a fight to protect America’s symbol, the bald eagle. “There’s an active response to what’s going on,” Dana Bove said. Bove serves on the Board of Directors for the Boulder County Audubon Society. In May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a change to allow more permits for bald and golden eagle deaths under the current Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Bove says the driving force . . .
Prior to October 2015, Ann-Marie McLaughlin said her 36-acre property in Calhan, Colorado, was teeming with prairie dogs. However, that all changed when the Golden West Wind Energy Center became fully operational last October. The Golden West Wind Energy Center, also located in Calhan, consists of 145 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines and a 29-mile above-ground transmission line – all owned by NextEra Energy Resources. “The prairie dogs around here were very abundant,” McLaughlin said. “We had probably 200 on our . . .