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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.

February 7, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County Sheriff’s Office investigating man’s death at wind farm

LOGAN COUNTY, Col. – On Tuesday, February 5, at approximately 2:05 p.m. the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Fire Department, and Fleming Fire Department were dispatched to a wind farm site on County Road 40, near County Road 83, northeast of Fleming, Colorado. Upon arrival, the respondents found a deceased male whose information has yet to be released. In a press release from Logan County Sheriff Brett Powell, the man was an employee of Axis Crane who was working at . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Is the Gov. Polis 100 percent renewable energy plan do-able?

As a candidate and as Colorado’s new governor, Jared Polis has pushed the goal of producing 100 percent of Colorado’s power from renewable sources by 2040. That commitment, he said in his State of the State address Jan. 10, “is not just about climate change. It’s about saving money for consumers with cheaper energy, and it’s about making sure the good-paying green jobs of the future are created right here in Colorado.” A week later, Polis issued an executive order . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2019 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental priorities at odds in decision to bring clean energy to Fort Collins

A transmission line from Wyoming to the Rawhide Energy Station north of Wellington isn’t just a conveyance of clean wind energy from the Cowboy State – it’s a reminder of Fort Collins’ competing environmental priorities. The transmission line will cut through almost 10 miles of the city-owned Meadow Springs Ranch area on its way to the power plant. It will carry an estimated 150 megawatts of new wind energy, enough to power more than 70,000 homes. It would be a key . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How does Longmont’s commitment to birds square with reliance on wind power?

The city and residents of Longmont are obviously committed to wildlife preservation. The city’s wildlife management plan is an evidence of that commitment. Special attention is given to the protection of the bird population. The plan includes a specific raptor nest monitoring and protection program. Emphasis is placed on the safety of migratory birds but all birds are valued. And undoubtedly this concern for wildlife also extends to bats. Bats control insects, especially mosquitoes. And some bats also serve as . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Can Colorado get to 100 percent renewable energy? It’s complicated, utilities say

With one of Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates promoting 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, utility executives were asked during a summit Monday if that’s an achievable goal. The answer: It’s complicated. Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has set a goal of having all the electricity on the state’s grid come from renewable sources by 2040. His Republican opponent in the Nov. 6 election, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, has criticized the plan as too expensive. Kent Singer, executive director of the Colorado Rural . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel does an end run on the legislature — with an assist from Colorado’s PUC

When the Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently approved Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan, the commissioners made a highly politicized decision that ignored economic reality, bypassed the state legislature and allowed the company to break its promise to save customers money. Coloradans should be troubled not just by the plan itself, but by how it won approval through an end-run of the democratic process. In August 2017, Xcel unveiled the Colorado Energy Plan, (or CEP) to great fanfare. The plan’s cheerleaders, . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Energy future goals are a study in contradictions

The current controversy about how to regulate the gas industry and keep fracking complexes away from homes and businesses provides one more example of how Boulder and Colorado’s actual energy plans contradict our stated goals of having a clean and carbon free electrical system by 2030. This is because natural gas is necessary to run an energy system based on “renewables,” and the only viable source of natural gas in Colorado now is from fracking wells. In Boulder’s case the . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How looking environmental can make you a crony fortune

If you recall a few years back the dome of the state capitol was covered by white tarps as workers renovated it. The joke was when all the scaffolding and tarps finally came down, instead of the gold dome there’d be a huge Xcel Energy logo followed by the words, “why rent when we can own.” Xcel again proved its preeminent power over every crack and crevasse of state government when the governor’s appointed Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Colorado commission OKs Xcel Energy’s $2.5 billion power plan that leans on renewable energy

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s plan to shutter two coal plants and commit $2.5 billion for acquiring new electrical power sources, most of it wind, solar and battery storage systems. The PUC commissioners endorsed Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan in a Monday vote, ending more than a year of planning and hearings. “We face, for the first time, the possibility that a least-cost [energy] portfolio is not a fossil-based one,” said Jeffrey Ackermann, chairman of the PUC commissioners. . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators give OK to Xcel Energy’s $2.5B clean power plan

Colorado’s three-member Public Utilities Commission gave its approval on Monday to a proposed $2.5 billion investment in solar, wind and natural gas power in the state. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is seeking to build several large-scale renewable energy projects while retiring two of its coal-fired power plants in Pueblo. According to Xcel, the so-called Colorado Energy Plan will add about 1,100 megawatts of wind power and 700 MW of solar power to its grid by 2026. In a statement, Xcel Energy president . . . Complete story »

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