Assuming this project becomes reality, I'll end up having these huge (and they are huge) turbines not very far away. I wish someone had been considerate enough to share some of the wealth so I could afford to move to another county. Two seniors (husband and wife) on social security, in an old manufactured home with only a small piece of property. Not enough equity. Anyone with some good suggestions can write to my other mail (I call it my spam mail) aropt at crawler dot com. Any philanthropists out there ? Thanks ....... :-(
What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Zen said: "As for wind and solar ... Renewables are the future, and entirely worth this nation's investment" ........... So I ask: What happened to geothermal ? The West is full of hot spots.
They should make them paint the power lines with rainbow colored paint and beautify the countryside with pretty rainbows in the sky.
" Light emitting diodes are wonderfully efficient. I started with outdoor lighting because it's on every night, all night long. "
They are also noisy (RF perspective). You'll save more by turning them off.
This project was approved with the understanding that the transmission lines would be buried BECAUSE of the proximity of houses in the area. There is not ONE single property owner Left or Right who can tell me they'd want these kinds of lines installed along their property line in close proximity to their house. This is hardly a NIMBY issue. As for home values ... OF COURSE proximity to high voltage transmission lines will affect home values. That's a no brainer. Everything else is spin. This should NOT be approved without significant adjustment to transmission line routes to protect existing property owners.
MadAsHell wrote, "I started with outdoor lighting because it's on every night, all night long. "
You know you could save even more energy AND reduce light pollution by NOT keeping your outdoor lights "on every night, all night long." If you need security lights, consider motion sensing lights. Kudos for installing LEDs though.
As for wind and solar ... Renewables are the future, and entirely worth this nation's investment - just like the Internet, GPS, satellite technology and the federal highway system were, and next generation antibiotic research is. Where we go wrong is in not asking these companies to share in their patents in exchange for funding. But that's more of a GOP issue than anything.
The only thing green about this project is the money that will change hands including the subsidies and tax write offs for Next Era. David Gil in action: A real song and dance man that should consider starting his own show called Dancing with David.
Subsidizing wind and solar is a bottomless pit. We've spend trillions on these alternatives and they're costing more than they're saving. After looking at a number of wind speed charts, it's important to add that the ridge South of Calhan is not an optimum location for a wind farm. The Eastern edge of Colorado is much windier.
Boring but true: Energy efficiency matters a lot. It's the ultimate untapped renewable energy resource. You can start by typing in Outdoor LED lighting on that big auction site (E-something). Light emitting diodes are wonderfully efficient. I started with outdoor lighting because it's on every night, all night long. Efficient indoor lighting, appliances, your furnace and insulation all come into the picture.
Maybe the reporter could have given an estimate of the annual property taxes that will be paid to the county by the project, the monthly payout to landowners for each windmill and the use taxes that will go to the county from the construction of the project. All that needs to be considered. Then there is the coal that won't be burned and won't poison people.
I live over 100 miles from Colorado Springs, down south in Las Animas County. My wife and I travel to Colorado Springs often; we love the shopping, we love the museums, we love the galleries, we love the colleges, we love the not-too-big city atmosphere, and we love the people. We almost always experience great "customer service." Colorado Springs really has a lot going it.
But Colorado Springs is vulnerable; way too dependent on the federal government. With all that the city has to offer it's really unwise to entrust the survival of the city to the ups and downs of the federal budget.
If Colorado Springs ends one of the many losers in this tussle with 29 other military dependent communities, that may not be so bad. It may be the much-needed opportunity to end federal dependency and to build a more diverse economy upon all of the many assets.
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