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Xcel, Boulder can't agree on deal for green energy

Xcel said it remains committed to its customers in Boulder, a city of roughly 100,000 residents about 30 miles north of Denver. Xcel maintains that Boulder can reduce its carbon emissions better with its help than it could on its own, "and without the significant cost and inherent risk of municipalization."
15 Jul 2011

Xcel's deal is no deal at all

Xcel wants Boulder to pay the wind developer for "curtailment costs" -- these are revenues lost when Xcel has to dump the wind energy because Xcel's load can be met by their coal fired generators and independent generators to which they have contract commitments. Xcel also wants Boulder to pay 100 percent of Xcel's "integration costs" -- these are costs Xcel incurs in managing wind-generated electricity.
19 Jun 2011

Xcel Energy pushing wind power

The city government could initially pay more for the proposed new wind power, since wind energy currently costs more than fossil fuels, Xcel said in a press statement. In later years of the plan, the city could receive money back as the cost of fossil fuels increase and wind energy becomes more valuable.
10 Jun 2011

Federal suit challenges Colorado renewable-energy standard

The interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution doesn't permit a state to impose burdens on the interstate market for electricity, lawsuit backers argue. Wind energy, in particular, costs more than traditional fuels and creates more pollution because coal or natural gas is needed to generate electricity when the wind doesn't blow.
5 Apr 2011

Vestas sues ex-financial official at Colorado plant

In a lawsuit filed in Weld District Court, Vestas alleges Denna Randall and her husband, Joshua Martinez, of Eaton diverted company funds for private use and bought personal goods with a company credit card. Randall was hired as the Windsor plant's former director of finance and information technology in August 2007.
2 Mar 2011

Maxwell Ranch wind farm falls short of developer again

A "utility-scale" wind farm on CSU's Maxwell Ranch north of Fort Collins is once again without a developer after a private company withdrew due to concerns about how to transmit the power from it. In an announcement Monday, San Diego-based Cannon Power Group said the project was "not commercially attractive".
14 Dec 2010

Maxwell wind farm breezes back

Though they claim there will be more openness, Colorado State University and its new wind farm partner are being tight-lipped about their agreement to try to build turbines on the Maxwell Ranch north of Livermore. The Colorado State University Research Foundation has signed a confidential lease agreement with the San Diego-based Cannon Power Group.
2 Jul 2010

Plans for Colorado's new-energy economy get tangled in "green tape"

Politicians 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.
27 Jun 2010

Did wind mandate worsen pollution?

"Cleaner air and cheaper energy" was the slogan when voters mandated wind and other renewable sources for 10 percent of the state's electric generation with Amendment 37 in 2004. Democratic legislators liked the idea so much that they upped the mandate to 20 percent in 2007 and boosted it this year to 30 percent. One small problem: Neither half of the slogan is true.
16 May 2010

Maxwell Ranch wind project on hold

A proposed 100-turbine wind farm on Colorado State University's 11,000 acres Maxwell Ranch north of Fort Collins is still on hold. An agreement between the CSU Research Foundation and Wind Holding LLC was terminated Oct 31 when Wind Holding - the contracted developer of the project - failed to meet the terms of the contract.
23 Apr 2010

Wind farm turbines could top 400

The biggest wind farm in Colorado and one of the largest wind turbine arrays in the nation is about to become even bigger if it gets the green light from Weld County. BP Alternative Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BP - formerly British Petroleum - has submitted an application to expand its Cedar Creek wind farm east of Grover in northeastern Weld County.
23 Apr 2010

Gas-industry report claims wind-energy standards lead to pollution

A new report from Colorado's natural gas industry says increased use of wind energy indirectly results in raised pollution levels produced by some coal-fired power plants along the Front Range. ...Cycling operations at coal plants -- ramping them up or down in response to the wind or other issues -- causes them to run less efficiently and also interferes with emissions control equipment.
19 Apr 2010

Weld commission OKs plan to expand wind farm near Grover

The expansion of a wind farm in northeast Weld County was approved by the Weld County Planning Commission on Tuesday following some last-minute changes by the company proposing to build it. The first phase of the Cedar Creek facility, about eight miles east of Grover, began full commercial operation in January 2008, according to BP Wind Energy.
17 Mar 2010

Company that once planned to expand to Springs instead shuts doors

A company once expected to help fill the sails of the Colorado Springs economy now appears to have vanished into thin air. Prevailing Power, the Shenandoah, Iowa, company owned by Steve and Pam Stultz, who planned to bring a spinoff named Rocky Wind Power to Colorado Springs, shut its doors last week, leaving many customers with half-completed or malfunctioning wind turbine systems.
16 Mar 2010

New Energy Economy backfired, time to move on

Thanks to Colorado's renewable portfolio standard, wind power is a "must take" resource for Public Service, meaning the utility must incorporate wind power into the grid even if it means ramping down a coal-fired plant. Now, Gov. Ritter and Democrats in Denver want to increase the renewable portfolio standard by 50 percent through House Bill 1001, without considering the consequences for Denver's air quality. Despite the $2 billion worth of new wind turbines installed since 2004, Denver's air quality has not improved.
7 Mar 2010
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