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“We’ve got a blind duck, four out of seven horses that can hardly walk because their feet hurt so badly, donkeys that will not go out to graze, two guinea fowls have died; our little dog has congestive heart failure and mastitis, and four of my son’s five neon tetra (fish) have died,” he said. “The fifth is blind in one eye. These animals all acted normally for the many, many years that we have lived here, and you put these turbines up and there are dramatic changes in my animals’ health and my family’s health.”
El Paso County Commissioners have heard about potential health impacts from industrial wind turbines since before the NextEra Energy wind farm in Calhan became operational. Now that the turbines are spinning, those complaints are getting louder.
The U.S. gets about 4 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power. The Clean Power Plan proposes increasing that proportion to 28 percent by 2030. A study of electric cost versus installed renewable capacity published by wattsupwiththat.com projects such an increase would actually amount to a quadrupling of consumer energy costs throughout the next 15 years, in many cases, further burdening those who are already struggling.
"It's been very controversial between the county and NextEra and some of the citizens opposed to the project," said Brettell. One neighbor says she's been concerned for safety since the turbines went up and that noise has been an issue. "We discovered that sleeping in the truck was more quiet and we got better sleep," said Sandra Wolfe.
A controversial wind farm project in Calhan was vandalized sometime between Sept. 20 and Oct. 23, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A single high-powered round was fired into a turbine at the Golden West Wind Energy Center near North Yoder Road and Heaston Road, authorities said.
The proposal, as approved, would have would have "little to no impact on ratepayers" and "includes a more reasonable forecast of natural gas prices and potential customer savings," the PUC wrote in a release.
Lawyers for Energy & Environment Legal Institute have argued that Colorado’s standard illegally regulated economic activity outside the state’s borders because the state is part of an electric grid that serves 11 states and parts of Mexico and Colorado. Consequently, the group argued that the law discriminated against coal and other fossil fuel generators located outside Colorado.
Close to 50 neighbors voiced opposition Wednesday evening to an Evergreen Meadows resident’s plan to erect a 90-foot-high tower for a wind turbine. It was after midnight when the Jeffco Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend rejection of homeowner Hans Sinkovec’s plan.
A resident’s plan to build a wind turbine to generate electricity for his house in Evergreen Meadows appears to be drawing substantial opposition from neighbors.
The company reached a settlement with a number of parties that were initially against the proposal, and now there is no opposition moving forward. The only thing left standing between ratepayers and cleaner energy with lower rates is the Public Utilities Commission's final decision.
Residents remained divided over the project. Many long-time ranchers in the area supported the wind farm, and told the commissioners that they were happy to see some economic vitality come back to the region. But other residents fought bitterly against the entire wind farm project, and still others opposed only the above-ground powerline
While NextEra Energy Resources continues to construct a wind farm in eastern El Paso County, a coalition of concerned residents in the area has been fighting the project by filing a lawsuit against NextEra and the EPC Board of County Commissioners. The same coalition filed an injunction to halt construction on the wind farm until a decision on the lawsuit had been reached.
A lawsuit seeking to dismantle a wind farm project in eastern El Paso County will proceed despite objections from both El Paso County and the wind farm's owner, NextEra Energy Resources. But while the county will have to defend its February approval of the wind farm, attorneys will also fight a separate claim that the county's 15-hour hearing on the project was a farce and that the vote was predetermined based on pressure from NextEra.
“I have the reasonable belief that the reason why NextEra is requiring a $400 million bond is because they know that the village coalition can’t come up with even 1 percent of that, which would be $4 million. If they get the judge to agree to any part of it, they have completely shut us down. They will have effectively kept us from having our day in court."
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued an executive order to protect the state’s greater sage grouse population in a move meant to avoid potential federal regulations that could come with an endangered status for the bird. ...The sage grouse saga has played out both in Western states like Colorado, where officials are trying to avoid an endangered species listing, and in Congress, where Republican lawmakers have also worked to keep the bird off the list.
Residents that live in the area of Harrisville Road, just east of Calhan, have noticed a deterioration in road conditions since work began on the Golden West Wind Farm Project. Harrisville Road is located on the haul route that Blattner Energy, a contractor working for project owner NextEra Energy Resources, routinely uses.
For NextEra, halting the project would mean a potential loss of millions invested in constructing the wind farm, something that the company believes should be compensated for if it is forced to stop its work.
Wind power in the area is down and affecting the output for the Lamar Utilities Board renewable energy operation.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a letter titled Notice of Presumed Hazard on the project to Eric Wenger , of Renewable Energy Systems , saying the structures would "exceed obstruction standards and/or would have an adverse physical or electromagnetic interference effect upon navigable airspace or air navigation facilities."