Articles from Colorado

Xcel plans to double its renewable energy generation by 2030. It’ll cost consumers $8 billion to do it.

The centerpiece of the plan is a dramatic increase in renewables and storage, adding approximately 5,600 MW of new capacity. This includes 2,300 MW of wind power, 1,600 MW of large-scale solar projects and 400 MW of battery storage. Another 1,300 MW of distributed solar, such as community solar gardens, would also be added.
25 Feb 2021

Vestas to centralize wind turbine production in Windsor, cut 450 jobs in Brighton, Pueblo

In a statement Wednesday morning, the company said it will repurpose its location in Brighton as a headquarters for the U.S. arm of its tooling business and cut production of turbine blades and nacelles at that location. That will result in at least 280 layoffs in Brighton, [plus] ...50 layoffs between Brighton’s nacelle factory and 120 at its tower factory in Pueblo.
17 Feb 2021

Xcel Energy paying $41M to get out of Colorado solar power experiment

But parts on the solar farm have been starting to fail and there are no ready replacements — and the project’s owner, Kepco Solar of Alamosa LLC, tells Xcel Energy it’s becoming increasing difficult and expensive to maintain. Getting out of the power-purchase agreement, which runs through 2022, will save Xcel Energy customers millions over the next 11 years, the company says.
15 Jan 2021

Why we sued Logan County

On June 16, 2020, the Logan County Commissioners gave the Niyol Wind Project a green light by approving its conditional use permit application. Concerned Citizens for a Safe Logan County, Inc, has, from the outset, sought collaboration and compromise in order to guide wind development that will work for everyone. We were repeatedly and condescendingly rebuffed in our efforts and we fear the residents of future wind project sites will face a similar fate.
18 Aug 2020

Logan County faces quandary in urbanization of farm, ranch land

The county already is bound to protect farmers’ and ranchers’ property rights.There are others, however, who see tighter land use regulations as a way of protecting their property rights. That was made clear when NextEra Energy’s Niyol Wind Farm near Fleming ran into serious opposition from landowners in the area who saw the wind farm as damaging their property values.
26 Jun 2020

Planning board tables controversial wind turbine permit requests

After hearing a constant barrage of complaints from Logan County residents in the Fleming area about NextEra Energy’s Niyol Wind Farm, the planning commission voted 4-2 to table conditional use permit applications for up to 82 wind turbines in the area west and south of Fleming. The commission did, however, approve a permit for a meteorological tower to measure wind in the area.
23 Apr 2020

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

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