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.
I read Alex Burness’ article about how Xcel is morphing into a green energy company (“Xcel an evolving opponent,” Daily Camera, Sept. 3), but there are points that need clarification. The article seemed more like a PR piece for Xcel and Fresh Energy than a critical analysis. What does Xcel mean when they say they are currently at 30 percent “clean energy portfolio”? Are they talking about the nameplate capacity (measured in kilowatts KW) of their generation sources, or the . . .
In Colorado alone, there are 23 industrial wind farms that are operational, with over 1,800 turbines in over 10 counties. Wind energy has gone from supplying 1 percent of Colorado’s total energy output in 2005 to 14 percent in 2014. Yet, with the explosion in wind generation, there is a dearth of studies regarding the long-term health impact of industrial wind in Colorado. And there doesn’t seem to be much interest in cataloging those impacts anytime soon. The World Health . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
El Paso County residents nearby, however, told the Colorado Springs Gazette that the turbines’ inaudible, low-frequency sound waves — known as infrasound — and a phenomenon called shadow flicker have caused headaches, nausea and dizziness. Sheriff’s deputies have also responded to reports of chickens that won’t lay eggs, dogs that run away and the death of a horse. People also fear well water could get electrified from underground wires and that groundwater will become depleted and lead to dangerous sinkholes, the Gazette reported.
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,” . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .