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SPRINGFIELD - A local energy group has received an $80,000 grant to install test towers for a proposed wind farm in Baca County. A group called Baca Green Energy, which consists of local farmers and landowners, is trying to establish a wind farm near Springfield. The group is hoping to build a large wind farm of 100 or more generators.
Quayle Hodek is sitting on a gold mine of green power. He is the keeper of valuable "wind energy credits" for customers who want the electricity powering their homes and businesses to come from wind farms sprinkled across the nation.
Wind-minded companies such as the resort negotiate their own deals, getting discounts along the way.
So far, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has documented more than 70 raptor nests in the project area. Among those species: Swainson's hawks, ferruginous hawks, golden eagles and prairie falcons. The area, along with the Comanche National Grassland, is recognized by the National Audubon Society as a Colorado site of "global importance," said Ken Strom, Colorado Audubon's director of bird conservation.
Vail Resorts will not install wind turbines atop its slopes or use direct wind energy to power its chair lifts. Instead, it will purchase from Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy renewable-energy credits equal to the amount of electricity it uses.
there's a missing ingredient that has slowed development of wind power and other renewable energy sources in Colorado and the West: adequate transmission lines. Where the wind tends to blow, there is little population that would be served by wind energy. To move the wind power to populous metro areas requires steep investments by wind-farm developers. High-power lines can cost from $300,000 to $1 million per mile to build.
Colorado has emerged as one of the leading states in developing renewable energy resources, according to a Pew Center on Global Climate Change study.
PPM Energy, ScottishPower's competitive U.S. energy business, will begin construction this fall on the 75-megawatt (MW) Twin Buttes Wind Power Project in southeastern Colorado. And in Oregon, PPM just announced construction of the 100 MW Leaning Juniper Wind Project near Arlington, which is expected to be commercially operational later this year.
Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.
The increase is necessary because the Windsource program was designed for customers who want to pay premium rates in order to promote green energy, Stutz said.
Prowers County Assessor, Andy Wyatt, got an unpleasant surprise on Thursday, March 30, when he read the Pueblo Chieftain story headlined, "Lawmaker challenges wind farm legislation." According to the story, an amendment tacked onto House Bill 1275, "at the behest of Prowers County Assessor Andy Wyatt" would potentially make the bill unconstitutional.
The landscape both east and west of Peetz is now dominated by dozens of wind farm towers.
PEETZ - The blades of 40 enormous new turbines are now turning steadily in the winds east of here.
DENVER -- The state property tax administrator annually would determine the amount of a production tax to be paid by new wind farms under a bill that won unanimous approval Thursday in the Colorado House Finance Committee.
DENVER - Peetz could have more wind turbines than people if state lawmakers can settle a dispute over how to tax them.
CU has always been a university that has been very supportive of environmental causes with its numerous programs promoting conservation like RecycleMania ’06 and the Generation Green-Energy Education Campaign.
PEETZ — Xcel Energy and Invenergy Wind LLC have reached agreement on a power purchase contract for 200 megawatts of wind energy to be constructed in 2006-2007 by Logan Energy LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind.
To be sure, we are at a crossroads in energy and need all kinds of ideas to supply the enormous demand that is now filled by fossil fuels; however, I’m not ready to surrender the last open prairies to this version of energy independence.
Xcel says wind power will mostly supply intermittent and peak power - energy demands that fluctuate day to day or even hour to hour. Unfortunately, that means it still must rely on coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, supplemented by natural gas, the most expensive fossil fuel, for its base load (the kind of electricity that's always on).
In this report we discuss some recent studies that have occurred in the United States since our previous work [2, 3]. The key objectives of these studies were to quantify the physical impacts and costs of wind generation on grid operations and the associated costs. Examples of these costs are (a) committing unneeded generation, (b) allocating more load-following capability to account for wind variability, and (c) allocating more regulation capacity. These are referred to as “ancillary service” costs, and are based on the physical system and operating characteristics and procedures. This topic is covered in more detail by Zavadil et al. .