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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.

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 »

July 2, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy the new ‘cash crop’ for Colorado farmers

In El Paso County, three families have blamed a wind farm with 145 turbines built by NextEra Energy for health problems and the deaths of more than a dozen of their animals since the turbines began rotating in 2015. The human health impacts vary in severity, from nausea and headaches to cardiovascular problems, said Sandra Wolfe, who lives near the wind farm. El Paso County has asked NextEra for clarification on a report the company commissioned on the wind farm’s sound levels, spokesman Matt Steiner said. The report, presented to commissioners at a March 2017 public meeting, concluded that the turbines do not exceed the noise limit set by county ordinance. Complete story »

May 18, 2018 • Colorado, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Fort Collins’ renewable energy goals don’t need to be rushed toward an arbitrary deadline

Progress has always come with a price. The move toward greater use of electricity generated by renewable sources, such as wind and solar power, is no different. The Coloradoan editorial board supports reduced reliance on carbon-emitting sources of energy, such as coal, because of the environmental benefit. We believe the days of burning coal to generate electricity should be numbered. However, before our community dives head-first into the rush to renewables as the primary source of power generation, we want . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2018 • Colorado, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The shifting winds of Cory Gardner

BRIGHTON, Colo. – Cory Gardner, the junior senator from Colorado and head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is addressing a crowd of factory workers clad in blue work shirts and orange hard hats. They wouldn’t look out of place among the coal miners and oil field hands who pack President Trump’s rallies. This isn’t one of those rallies, however, as is made clear when Gardner offers a full-throated defense of the production tax credit, a federal subsidy for wind energy. . . . Complete story »

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 »

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