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Citizens for the Preservation of Washington County hosted a community meeting last Wednesday, September 22 at the Akron Senior and Community Center to discuss the proposed wind turbine regulations in the county.
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.
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.
Vestas, a Danish manufacturer, seller, installer and servicer of wind turbines, says it is consolidating its footprint in Colorado to reflect lower near-term market demand, strengthen its service and construction setup, and improve efficiency.
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.
Vestas Blades America plans to cut 185 workers from its Brighton operations in January. Workers at Vestas put the finishing touches on a nacelle, a wind turbine generator, back in 2016.
The permit would be for part of a 35-mile-long, 230kV electrical transmission line that will connect the Niyol Wind Farm near Fleming with the North Yuma Substation in Yuma County. Twenty-three miles of the line will be in Logan County, along County Roads 26 and 87.
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.
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.
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.
Niyol Wind Energy Center, to be owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, is the wind energy project to be constructed near Fleming.
Washington County Commissioners held their regular meeting Tuesday, March 17 with an audience of almost 30 people present. County Administrator Misty Peterson gave the invocation, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
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.
A standing room only crowd descended in Ocean City to hear and be heard on the issue of wind power off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware. The Ocean City Fire Department estimates there were 1,850 people in attendance.
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.
Filed on Friday in West Palm Beach federal court, the lawsuit is seeking damages to be determined at trial for hundreds of residents nationwide who live within three miles of a NextEra wind turbine.
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.
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.
Xcel Energy, which owns the Ponnequin wind farm south of Cheyenne near Carr, Colorado, plans to let the site remain dormant until at least this fall. If no one buys the land by then, the company will begin decommissioning work next spring, according to Mark Stutz, Xcel Energy media representative.
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.