Mar 28 2010

Wind Farm rumors blowing

Published by at 8:45 pm under General Information

Two new separate proposals for wind turbine farms have recently circulated by Huerfano County Planning.  Just east of Walsenburg near their Johnson Field airport, a wind monitoring device has been recording for nearly 4 years.  However the airport runway setbacks could be prohibitive for that location.   Then just last week a different group ran a pre-application by Planning Board, for a development considerably east of I-25 straddling the county borders of Huerfano and Las Animas. 

Last month the Colorado State Legislature passed a new law increasing the requirements for alternative renewable energy from the current 20% up to 30%.  This is expected to bring increased Xcel Energy demand for wind farms, solar alternatives, etc.  Last Fall a similar wind farm application was declined by the County on 16 item points.  It’s proposed location in the developed Cuchara Valley Scenic Corridor was of considerable opposition.  The wide-0pen expansive Eastern plains of Huerfano County has been generally preferred as a more appropriate location for this kind of commercial industrial development activity.

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  1. wind4meon 29 Mar 2010 at 7:28 am

    the quicker we get to building more wind farms, the quicker we can get to tearing down the ole Valmont and Arapahoe dirty coal plants! Congrats!