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Vestas set records in wind turbine orders in 2019, and this year looks even busier

Vestas’ worldwide profits in 2019 were flat compared to 2018 despite all the growth. The business’ profit margins actually declined 1.6% for the year, reflecting tough price competition in renewable energy and the effect of trade wars on its supply chain, the company said. Steel tariffs are still having a big impact on Vestas’ supply chain internationally, even though the U.S. and China has reached a first-phase trade agreement and international trade tensions have lessened.
6 Feb 2020

Largest planned wind farm in US gets key federal approval

After first applying for state and federal permits in 2008, the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Project on Oct. 21 received preliminary environmental approval for its second phase of around 400 turbines to be built in Carbon County, Wyoming. The environmental assessment is the third and final BLM analysis needed for the project, according to its developer Power Company of Wyoming.
25 Oct 2019

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

Xcel is employing creative accounting to make the CEP look affordable, which is why it didn’t pass the smell test with my most business- and energy-savvy colleagues in 2017. Flaws in the company’s analysis became apparent during CEP hearings, thanks to diligent watchdog work by third parties and ratepayer advocates. But the plan won approval despite those dubious underpinnings and the doubts of some PUC members.
20 Sep 2018

Energy future goals are a study in contradictions

When you remove tax subsidies for wind and solar, and the planned phase-out of natural gas, and then must rely on battery storage for energy, the system becomes totally uneconomical. This doesn't even include what could be a $1 billion-plus cost for separation and purchase of the electrical system from Xcel.
15 Sep 2018

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.
25 Feb 2018

Is ‘big wind’ making people sick?

Both Cindy Cobb and Sandra Wolfe from Calhan, Colo., live in the shadow of Golden-West, and blame the turbines for deteriorating health. They report dizziness, nausea, loss of sleep and headaches. They say their symptoms coincide with when the wind farm became operational in September 2015. Cobb adds lethargy and high blood pressure to the list of symptoms ...According to Wolfe, the relentless spinning causes stress and loss of sleep. She has resorted to sleeping off-site from her own property.
24 May 2017

Wind farm concerns resurface at county

Robert Rand, an acoustician from Boulder, Colorado, supplied the BOCC with a copy of a professional review of the sound study conducted by Epsilon and submitted to the county in October 2016. In his review, Rand cited 12 instances where the study contained either errors or omissions. For example, Rand’s review states, "The Epsilon Report does not assess for noise disturbance, despite apparent neighbor complaints of noise disturbance. Noise disturbance is prohibited by the County Ordinance No. 02-1, Section 3(e) and Section 4(a).”
1 Apr 2017

Rand: Critique of Noise Impact Report for NextEra's Golden West Wind Energy Center

Rand_review_epsilon-4177-goldenwest-170321_thumb NextEra's Golden West Wind Energy Center sited in El Paso County, Colorado was required under the County permit to conduct a noise impact study after the project was placed in service in October 2015. Acoustician Robert Rand was asked by residents living near the turbines to review the noise impact study as prepared by NextEra consultant, Epsilon Associates. Mr. Rand's report, included here, identified several material errors with Epsilon's report and also found that the project appears to be operating outside the noise limits permitted by the County and the State. The Golden West Wind Energy Center consists 145 1.72-megawatt GE turbines for a total installed capacity of 249.4-megawatts Mr. Rand's executive summary is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the document icon on this page. 
23 Mar 2017

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