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.
Craig – The route for the TransWest Express transmission line – set to traverse Northwestern Colorado on its 725-mile path from Wyoming to Nevada – received a final stamp of federal approval last month from the Western Area Power Administration, on the heels of Bureau of Land Management approval in December. The wind energy transmission project is expected to bring $600,000 to $900,000 in annual property tax revenue to Moffat County, according to TransWest, and up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of . . .
CALHAN, Colo. – Calhan residents expressed their complaints towards wind turbines at a county meeting on Tuesday. KRDO NewsChannel 13 was at that meeting to hear several passionate pleas from those who say they are fed up. Residents say wind turbines, which became active in 2015, are destroying their livelihood and their lives. “It’s killing me. I have seizures now. If I sleep in the bunker, the seizures go away, but they come back,” explained Sandra Wolfe. Wolfe is just . . .
Re: “Wind turbines and golden eagles; can we have both in the American West?” Jan. 28 guest commentary. The guest commentary by Noreen Walsh highlighting the conflict between wind farms and both bald and golden eagles pointedly fails to mention the number of such birds killed annually by collisions with the blades. While the Interior Department refuses to release the actual number, most estimates by both industry and environmental groups put the number of those deaths at between 300 and . . .
Wind farm gains commissioners’ approval; $1 billion project will take shape in southeast part of Elbert County
In a public hearing that ended in applause from the nearly 100 attendees, the Elbert County Board of Commissioners approved applications from Rush Creek Wind Farm and Xcel Energy to build a $1 billion wind farm and accompanying transmission lines in southeast Elbert County between Simla and Limon. “I don’t think anyone has seen a nearly billion-dollar project walk into Elbert County in their lifetime,” Commissioner Chris Richardson said. The commissioners approved the project by a vote of 3-0 on . . .
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 . . .