www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c67+61?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZDavid Schnare: We're putting global warming on trial in Colorado.378752013-03-22T20:59:46Z2013-03-22T20:59:46ZColorado Energy Office misspends millions in stimulus funds.372162013-01-30T04:40:47Z2013-01-30T04:40:47ZTwenty of 22 contracts administered by the agency contained incorrect or missing information in the state contract database, with six missing performance elements and another 13 missing contractor progress reports. ...The audit also discovered that as many as 16 travel and other expenditures "lacked appropriate approval and justification documentation." This included a line item for a $25,000 expenditure listed only as "2008 Membership."Vestas cuts workers hours at two US factories.367302012-12-12T15:15:01Z2012-12-12T15:15:01ZVestas is cutting working hours at its Colorado blade plants at Windsor and Brighton in preparation for a post-PTC slowdown in the US wind sector.
The company said it had told employees at the factories that it was reducing their weekly hours from 40 to 32 hours. The change will take effect in January.
Layoffs, failures test Colorado's "new energy economy".363812012-10-22T12:58:24Z2012-10-22T12:58:24ZThe resilience of Colorado's vaunted "new energy economy" is being tested after a series of job cuts, financial setbacks and political firestorms. ...Hard times for the green industries stem from a combination of technical challenges, low-cost foreign competition and an uncertain outlook for government support of alternative energy.Vestas Wind Systems lays off 200 workers at its Windsor blade factory.362952012-10-12T03:31:02Z2012-10-12T03:31:02ZWind-turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems made its largest Colorado job cut Thursday, laying off about 200 workers at its Windsor blade plant.
The cuts represent 29 percent of the plant's workforce. Vestas also had laid off workers at plants in Brighton and Pueblo.
Vestas cuts 75 workers at its Brighton wind turbine blade factory .362572012-10-10T13:07:14Z2012-10-10T13:07:14ZVestas Wind Systems, the wind turbine manufacturer that built four factories in Colorado, announced its third round of job cuts on Tuesday, firing 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton.Wednesday's pesidential debate: What happened to wind energy? .362202012-10-05T11:54:58Z2012-10-05T11:54:58ZWhat Romney considers "breaks" and "green" are up for debate. Despite his assertion that he supports "green energy," Romney has made it clear that he is in favor of letting the PTC expire ...
Instead, Romney said the money invested in renewable energy and cleantech companies could have been better used for other purposes.
Failing wind market leads to job cuts at Vestas Pueblo factory .357742012-08-13T21:37:00Z2012-08-13T21:37:00Z"In response to this market slowdown and in accordance with its business needs, Vestas Towers America in Pueblo, Colo., today adjusted its manufacturing workforce. This workforce reduction in the tower factory represents approximately 3 percent of Vestas' total workforce in the U.S. and Canada." A 2nd U.S.-supported maker of solar panels will close.353682012-06-29T14:40:10Z2012-06-29T14:40:10Z"Our government is not good at picking winners and losers in the marketplace but has certainly proved it is good at wasting taxpayer dollars," Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio and chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee's subcommittee on regulatory affairs, stimulus oversight and government spending, said on Thursday. Popular wind-energy tax credit stumbles in Congress .346982012-04-02T18:47:24Z2012-04-02T18:47:24ZColorado's entire delegation - save GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs - supports an extension. So does Iowa's congressional delegation. Lots of senators and House members, both liberals and conservatives, have signed up to support it.
But the production-tax-credit extension - which costs $4.1 billion over 10 years and includes some other renewables such as geothermal - has thrice failed in the U.S. Senate.
Bennet, Udall scrambling to extend credit; Colorado senators say immediate outlook isn't good..345532012-03-15T04:23:00Z2012-03-15T04:23:00ZUdall also is pressing ahead by drafting a separate bill to renew the wind credit, hoping to get influential Republican senators to co-sponsor the measure. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, for example, supports wind power but voted against the Stabenow package of tax credits on Tuesday.Wind energy tax credit discarded.343122012-02-16T12:14:19Z2012-02-16T12:14:19ZA Senate staffer said that in the highly partisan push-and-shove over the payroll tax deduction and cutting federal spending to pay for that, the conference committee ultimately pushed the list of sought-after business credits out of the discussion.
"Bills like this can quickly become Christmas trees with other measures attached in committee and it looks like the conferees ultimately tried to stick to the major issues.New wind transmission approach urged.337702011-12-03T18:49:32Z2011-12-03T18:49:32ZRather than see building more transmission as the solution, though, Bowman sees its drawbacks as a symptom of a bigger problem: a highly centralized power system.
"I'm going to predict the day of very large transmission lines to carry energy from remote areas to urban centers are about over," he said. "What I do think you'll see happen is smaller projects that are built to accommodate the existing system you have in the rural electric districts and to move that power to the cities that way. I think there will be a different model."
βGreen jobs' farm in Colorado sheds jobs after receiving $200M in stimulus funds.332082011-10-04T11:19:05Z2011-10-04T11:19:05ZNREL spokesman Bob Noun blames Congress for the organization's failures. The Denver Post reports that he believes the gridlocked U.S. Congress forced the NREL to find $8 million in new budgetary savings.
"We don't see any budget scenario where the lab doesn't face budget cuts," Noun said.
Study: Energy boom hurting deer, antelope herds.325492011-07-21T13:41:30Z2011-07-21T13:41:30ZAfter reviewing population trends, hunter-harvest reports and licenses sales from the two states over the last 30 years, wildlife biologists concluded that oil and gas drilling, wind farms, agricultural practices and other human encroachments are slicing and dicing critical habitat the animals have historically relied upon to survive.Turbine maker cited in death, amputation at new plant.319882011-05-19T10:46:45Z2011-05-19T10:46:45ZThe willful violation addresses the deliberate removal of support equipment while welding sections of wind towers together, which caused the sections to slide and resulted in the amputation injury.
A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
Vestas Pueblo plant cited for alleged safety, health violations.319532011-05-16T12:56:32Z2011-05-16T12:56:32ZOSHA said Monday it has cited Vestas for one willful and 23 serious violations following an inspection of the wind turbine manufacturing plant.
The inspection was initiated after an employee suffered a partial amputation of two fingers and a broken wrist in November.
OSHA has proposed $164,000 in fines against Vestas.
Environmentalists, new energy seek common ground at Pawnee Buttes.305932010-12-31T16:57:46Z2010-12-31T16:57:46ZFor hikers who took a walk to the Pawnee Buttes on Christmas Day, the experience provided a view of more than just the two buttes and the Cedar Creek wind farm to the north.
Hikers that day also saw an oil rig drilling a well on property to the west of the buttes.Wind power's big blades can mask radar; Researchers on a quest to solve problem.283492010-07-17T17:47:37Z2010-07-17T17:47:37ZThe blades' rotation â at speeds as fast as 200 mph â can prevent radar signals from reaching targets and can create radar echoes. The reflected signals â called "clutter" â produce shadows that can hide an object such as a plane.
Although no major incidents have been reported so far, leaders on both sides of the issue are looking for ways to mitigate the turbines' radar effects.
Plans for Colorado's new-energy economy get tangled in "green tape".279702010-06-27T16:00:13Z2010-06-27T16:00:13ZPoliticians have been quick to pledge increasing use of clean energy and set ambitious production goals for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and nuclear. ...But when land managers and investors float plans for building wind farms or tapping geothermal energy or stringing new transmission lines or processing uranium for nuclear power, the potential impacts to neighbors stir passionate resistance.