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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.

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 »

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 »

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