Wind Power News: Colorado
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The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider stringent new regulations on wind turbines when it meets via Zoom on Tuesday evening. The regulations are being proposed by attorney Frank Walter of Keller Law, LLC, of Steamboat Springs. In a March 16 letter addressed to Logan County Planner Rob Quint, Walter says he represents a group called Citizens for a Safe Logan County. In the letter Walter says the proposed regulations are based on land use policies adopted by . . . Complete story »
Washington County Commissioners held their regular meeting Tuesday, March 17 with an audience of almost 30 people present. County Administrator Misty Peterson gave the invocation, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Assistant Administrator Denise Chavez presented the planning and zoning report. The first item was a building permit for Ryan Koch for a storage shed on his property and this was approved by the commissioners. Next, a right of way for Y-W Electric was discussed. The commissioners needed more information, . . . Complete story »
An online petition to try to get new regulations formulated for wind turbines in Logan County is probably a non-starter, according to the chairman of the Logan County Board of Commissioners. A group of citizens in the Fleming area has been pressuring the commissioners to clamp down on the building of new, taller wind turbines for electrical generation. The group has previously said it wants setbacks and other requirements that, the commissioners believe, would essentially ban wind turbines from Logan . . . Complete story »
Wind turbine blades won’t be buried in the Logan County landfill any longer. Although no vote was taken, the Logan County Commissioners were in agreement at their workshop meeting Tuesday morning that a prohibition of the blades was in order. Matt Chrisp, landfill supervisor, told the commissioner the landfill has accepted three blades in the past eight years, and all of them were from outside the county. Chrisp said the blades have to be cut into 10-foot lengths so the . . . Complete story »
Most used wind turbine blades end up in landfills. Colorado is part of the push to make the industry greener.
STERLING – Look north from a crest of the Logan County landfill and the wind turbines on the horizon appear like tiny pinwheels slicing bitter February gusts into a renewable and ever-larger share of Colorado’s electric power. Now gaze downward, into the chasm gradually filling with a combination of loose dirt, garbage and plastic bags – lots of plastic bags – and prepare to see another perspective: the hulking remnants of a discarded turbine blade. As thousands of the blades outlive their useful . . . Complete story »
EAGLE – Eagle will spend 10% more each year for electricity to buy it from renewable sources. In 2019 the town paid Holy Cross Energy $260,000 for electricity. The town board voted on Jan. 14 to spend an additional $27,500 annually to get some of that electricity from what Holy Cross Energy says are renewable sources, including wind farms on the Eastern Plains and solar farms around the region. It’s all part of Holy Cross Energy’s Powered by Renewable Energy program . . . Complete story »
LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. – Another squadron of drones has been sighted in the night skies over northeastern Colorado, this time in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Nestor said he received a report from a rancher who spotted five to 10 drones flying 200 feet in the air in a grid pattern around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. That rancher lives adjacent to a wind energy farm which stretches for miles. The Federal Aviation Administration limits drones to daytime operations – from one half . . . Complete story »
NextEra officials met with more than 100 Fleming area landowners and other interested area residents Thursday evening to answer questions about the Niyol Wind Energy Center, a wind farm NextEra plans to build west and south of Fleming in 2020 and 2021. Jennifer Herron, the project manager, conducted most of the meeting and fielded most of the questions, although she was accompanied by several other company officials. When it finally goes online two years from now, Niyol will be comprised . . . Complete story »
Fleming area residents want to present a united front when dealing with NextEra Energy concerning a planned wind farm to go in west and south of the town. According to information presented at a “town hall” meeting at Fleming School Monday night, the company intends to install 80 wind turbines in an area of about 150 square miles west, southwest and south of Fleming. there already are 42 turbines turning in a Western Area Power Authority wind farm north of . . . Complete story »
The commissioners also approved a request from NextEra Energy Resources on behalf of Peetz Table Wind and Northern Colorado Wind for conditional use permits for temporary meterological towers on five parcels of land in northern Colorado. The MET towers, which will be around 263 feet tall, will be used to evaluate weather conditions for wind turbine installations in the Peetz area. NextEra is refurbishing 214 of the turbines in the Peetz area. All of the wind towers will receive new blades, hubs, variable pitch systems, bearings and main shafts, and gear box and oil coolers. In addition, some units will receive a generator refurbishment. Complete story »