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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.

March 15, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Where do all CO’s governor hopefuls stand on 100% renewable energy by 2040?

This week, the solar industry held a conference in Denver during which plans to get Colorado on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 inevitably came up. Democrats Jared Polis, the congressman from Boulder, and Mike Johnston, a former state senator, have made such a proposal key tenets of their respective campaigns as they run for governor in a wide-open primary. At the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center on Tuesday, some of their Democratic and Republican rivals threw some shade on . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Highway 50 remains closed both directions east of Fowler

SOUTHERN COLORADO – Highway 50 is closed in both directions after a semi truck carrying wind turbine towers was involved in accident between S. Main St and N.Park St. The highway has been been closed since 2:30 a.m. this morning. One of the towers is partially blocking lanes and crews are working to remove the tower, but it may be quite some time yet. The tower is also blocking the railroad tracks at the location. Power lines are also down . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine piece falls off semi, power outage and Highway 50 blocked

OTERO COUNTY – It’s not something you see every day: a huge piece of a wind turbine blocking the highway. That’s exactly what happened early Tuesday morning near Fowler in Otero County. A semi truck lost it’s load and the accident shut down part of Highway 50 for most of the day. Colorado State Patrol says the size and complexity of the turbine played a role in the accident. While losing the load, a power line was also knocked over . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Insights: When did knowing too much become so political?

Normally, it’s Democrats who want the public to know more about the effects of energy production near people, flora and fauna, but not so much on wind energy. That irony came to visit when Rep. Paul Lundeen brought a bill this session to create a state-approved online clearinghouse of credible information – good, bad or indifferent – about the public’s health in proximity to wind farms. In Lundeen’s sprawling El Paso County district, residents near Calhan are complaining about headaches, . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Another wind farm could be coming to Weld County, Pawnee National Grassland

More wind turbines could be coming to northeastern Colorado, as Weld County commissioners recently approved a wind measuring project for an area northeast of Grover. Leeward Renewable Energy will install three wind measuring towers on private land in the Pawnee National Grassland, and those towers will remain in place for two years gathering data. Leeward already has an established presence in Weld with its Cedar Creek wind farm near Grover. Weld commissioners approved the measuring project Monday, and documents associated . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed bill calls for study of industrial wind turbine health effects

On January 18, 2018, Colorado Representative Paul Lundeen (El Paso Co.) introduced House Bill 18-1085, requiring “the department of public health and environment to research and compile information on the health effects of noise and stray voltage from industrial wind energy turbines on humans and animals”. The bill specifies that results be reported to the general assembly by January 1, 2020, and presented to a joint legislative committee of reference. After its introduction, the bill was referred to the House . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines linked to increased cortisol levels?

The Golden West Wind Energy Center, located in Calhan, Colorado, has been fully operational since October 2015. The wind farm, owned by NextEra Energy Resource, includes 145, 453-foot tall industrial turbines that have allegedly negatively impacted the health of residents (and their animals) living within the area of the wind farm. Cindy Cobb, a resident who lives near the wind farm, has reported dizziness, nausea and headaches since the turbines became operational. Cobb said her animals are suffering as well . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2018 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Pseudo environmentalism misses the point

It’s interesting – and frustrating at the same time – to see the anger and uproar from environmentalists in recent news stories surrounding the blue picture frame at Garden of the Gods and the power plants in Colorado Springs. With regard to the “Blue Frame,” people act like it was in a wilderness area instead of being in an urban area. The big picture, though, is this supposed environmental concern for the region with regard to the power plants. These plants were . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2017 • Colorado, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Conservationists concerned for birds after rule change

If anyone is for the birds, it’s Polly Reetz, voluntary conservation chairman for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. “People like to watch them. They like to photograph them. They are inspired by them,” Reetz said. But, she knows the reality is thousands upon thousands of birds are killed every year incidentally by energy companies. “For many years, waste pits from oil and gas fracking have been a problem,” Reetz said. “Power lines kill plenty of birds.” She says wind . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry apprehensive as provision in House tax bill puts future projects on shaky ground

The wind industry blew a tentative sigh of relief last week. The U.S. Senate’s recently released tax bill preserves key wind construction tax credits that are at risk in the House’s version, which threw the industry into a tailspin when it was released at the start of November as analysts forecast a deep cut in new wind power. While waiting for the two bills to be meshed, a chilling effect has swept over the industry as groups remain apprehensive. About . . . Complete story »

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