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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.


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 »


June 4, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan commissioners table Niyol wind farm, cite need to study info

NextEra Energy’s Niyol wind farm continues to be slow-walked through the permitting process as Logan County officials struggle to balance conflicting property owners’ rights. The Logan County Commissioners tabled the Niyol special use permit Tuesday after a three-hour public hearing, saying they wanted to get more information. 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 spoke during the meeting and two large binders . . . Complete story »


May 28, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Guest Opinion: Make wind development work for everyone

We were very disappointed that the Logan County Planning Commission chose to forcibly mute all citizens during the May 19 “public” hearing on wind energy development while only allowing a single person to frequently speak all night: the Niyol Wind Project representative. In fact, the Niyol representative was a designated moderator for the Zoom meeting while citizens of the county could only quietly watch the Commission make decisions with one-sided information. Why are public officials hearing out corporate, out-of-state interests . . . Complete story »


May 21, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County planning board OKs Niyol wind turbine permit

The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a conditional use permit requested by Niyol Wind, LLC, to build a wind farm west and south of Fleming. Niyol is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, which owns and operates two wind farms in the Peetz area. The board voted Tuesday evening to forward the permit to the Logan County Board of Commissioners with a recommendation for approval. The permit request was tabled at the commission’s April meeting because of . . . Complete story »


May 13, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Planning panel to revisit Niyol wind farm permits next week

The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission will again consider a conditional use permit requested by Niyol Wind, LLC, to build a wind farm west and south of Fleming when the board meets next week. The permit request was tabled at the commission’s April meeting because of opposition from residents in the largely agricultural area. After hearing a barrage of complaints from residents in the area about the wind farm, the planning commission voted 4-2 last month to table conditional . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Planning board tables controversial wind turbine permit requests

The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission may have had a moment of clarity Tuesday night after hours of sometimes heated discussion over wind turbines. After hearing a constant barrage of complaints from Logan County residents in the Fleming area about NextEra Energy’s Niyol Wind Farm, the planning commission voted 4-2 to table conditional use permit applications for up to 82 wind turbines in the area west and south of Fleming. The commission did, however, approve a permit for a . . . Complete story »


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