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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.
Xcel Energy needed to move forward on Rush Creek, which will be the largest wind project ever in the state, this year instead of next to avoid forfeiting $125 million out of the $443 million in federal tax credits the project is seeking.
On the western edge of the Great Plains, Colorado abuts some of the windiest regions of the country.
Settlement also advances date Pawnee-Daniels Park transmission line will be functioning
"If Xcel Energy owns this wind farm, they get to charge a 10 percent return on investment," Huntley said, "and they charge it back to ratepayers. If they own this facility, there will be an impact on rates that all customers share," including Boulder's — particularly if the city's bid to municipalize fails.
Long-planned Anschutz Corp. wind power generation and transmission project in Wyoming might be functioning by 2023
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.
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.
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."
During a two-hour meeting Thursday afternoon, the commissioners repeated their objections, but added other reasons as well in turning away the project.
Black Hills Energy’s request to erect a new 60-megawatt addition to its wind-power complex in Huerfano County will be back in front of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.
“NextEra said on record that if we didn’t approve it, they would pull the project and sue the county,” Lathen said.
The El Paso County Planning Commission, following an 11.5 hour hearing on Jan. 6 voted 6-3 to recommend denial of Next Era Energy Resources' amended application for a proposed wind farm at Calhan.
National Wind’s filing for bankruptcy appears to be in the final stages, reported Phillips County commissioners at their Sept. 30 meeting. ...The report was an update to the April 23 notification that National Wind had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Minnesota.
In its filings with the PUC, Black Hills is asking for the rate increase to cover the costs of a $50 million wind farm and leftover costs from building its $500 million Pueblo Area Generating Station. Some of those costs are high-interest debt that the state Office of Consumer Counsel argues shouldn’t be passed on to Pueblo ratepayers.
A dozen people spoke against the project at the Dec. 19 commission meeting, with concerns related to noise and property values, among other things. ...The project probably will qualify for wind energy production tax credits, he says, by acquiring the farm just before they expired last year.
Black Hills Energy is asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for a 3.7 percent rate increase for its electric customers, a hike the utility wants to recover $70 million it spent on a new wind farm near Walsenburg and other expenses.