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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.

September 26, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power and NIMBY

The term “nimby” is an acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard.” It refers to opposition by residents to proposed developments in their local area, as well as support for strict land use regulations to prevent them. It implies that such residents are only opposing the development because it is close to them and that they would tolerate or support it if it were built farther away. I imagine those Longmont residents who repeatedly call for more of . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Niyol Wind Farm transmission line gets county’s final OK

The Logan County Commissioners put the finishing touches on the Niyol Wind Farm permits Tuesday, approving a conditional use permit and right-of-way permit for the transmission line into Yuma County. The permit would be for part of a 35-mile-long, 230kV electrical transmission line that will connect the Niyol Wind Farm near Fleming with the North Yuma Substation in Yuma County. Twenty-three miles of the line will be in Logan County, along County Roads 26 and 87. The requested permits are . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Why we sued Logan County

On June 16, 2020, the Logan County Commissioners gave the Niyol Wind Project a green light by approving its conditional use permit application. Concerned Citizens for a Safe Logan County, Inc, has, from the outset, sought collaboration and compromise in order to guide wind development that will work for everyone. We were repeatedly and condescendingly rebuffed in our efforts and we fear the residents of future wind project sites will face a similar fate. With the knowledge that Logan County . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2020 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Acres of wind turbines are essentially worthless

On July 30, the Times-Call ran a wind and solar “puff piece” based on a study by a self-proclaimed conservative organization known as The Western Way. It was founded by Scott McInnis, who was a leading gubernatorial candidate in 2010 until his exposure as a plagiarist led to Hickenlooper being elected. Its claimed conservative credentials are considered rather dubious, given its support of various left wing policies. It is likely just a bunch of crony capitalists as are most wind . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • Colorado, Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission line permit invalidated, USFWS ordered to redo Endangered Species Act analyses

On June 17, 2020, a federal court in Colorado vacated an incidental take permit (ITP) issued to the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) authorizing take of the endangered American burying beetle (ABB) that could occur in connection with NPPD’s construction and operation of the 225-mile R-Project transmission line (R Project). The court vacated the ITP on the grounds that its issuance by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County faces quandary in urbanization of farm, ranch land

When the Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission begins work on the county’s next 10-year master plan later this year, it’s a good bet that wind turbines will be on the agenda. Whether that plan will include recommending stricter regulations governing where wind turbines, solar panels and oil and gas wells can go is yet to be seen. The Logan County Commissioners, who would have to write those regulations, are loath to infringe on private property rights. “Overall, I’d say . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County gives NextEra’s Niyol wind farm green light

After several months of meetings and hearings, the Logan County Commissioners Tuesday have given the Niyol wind farm near Fleming the green light. Meeting in their regularly scheduled business meeting Tuesday morning, the commissioners granted a conditional use permit to Niyol Wind, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., to build 89 wind turbines south and west of Fleming. The commissioners added a number of conditions to the permit, including noise-reducing blades on any tower within 2,500 feet of . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan commissioners to again consider Niyol wind farm Tuesday

The Logan County Commissioners will again consider the special use permit Tuesday for nearly 90 wind generation towers west and south of Fleming. The commissioners held a three-hour public hearing on June 2 for NextEra Energy’s Niyol wind farm but tabled the issue saying they wanted to study the documentation they received during that meeting. The public hearing was held in the ballroom of the Sterling Elks Lodge to allow social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly two-dozen people . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Southeastern Colorado has wind aplenty. Why isn’t it powering the rest of the state?

A wind developer is poking around again. There’s talk about a larger capacity 345-kilowatt line between Lamar and Burlington, along the state’s eastern edge. And in the background of all utility planning are the targets identified by a 2019 Colorado law for decarbonization of the state’s economy, first 50% by 2030 and then 90% by mid-century. As Colorado drives toward those long-reach goals, it must develop far more renewable energy. It’s not enough to replace retiring coal plants. New appetites for electricity will be created by electrification of transportation and replacement of natural gas in heating of buildings. Complete story »

June 5, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The cure is worse than the ailment

It is fashionable for pundits to quote the old adage, “the cure is worse than the ailment,” referring to the imposition of martial law, under the guise of public health. Many Americans now think even coronavirus may hurt the country less profoundly than lockdowns, quarantines, mandatory business closures, decreeing who is essential and who is not, dictating the number of customers a business may serve, or unconstitutionally banning church services. Policies that cause worse problems than they were meant to . . . Complete story »

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