A controversial 250-megawatt wind farm planned for the Calhan area is moving along despite the objections of some residents.
El Paso County Commissioners approved the project, which will provide energy to Denver, in December 2013, after years of delays and switches in ownership. Some residents were happy about the project, because many landowners are being paid for the use of their land and the project is expected to bring money into the area. But others were upset about the prospect of huge windmills being scattered across the plains.
A lot of those hard feelings were stirred up again earlier this year, when project-owner NextEra Energy Resources got an amendment to the plan approved that will, among other things, allow for more above-ground transmission lines
. In fact, a group of neighbors sued the Commissioners
for approving the change.
Long story short: There's probably going to be quite a crowd for this upcoming meeting about the project:
Meeting Scheduled to Provide Update on Wind Farm Transportation Impacts
NextEra and El Paso County Representatives to Present the Latest Information
El Paso County, CO, June 2, 2015 – El Paso County will host a second informational meeting on Thursday, June 18th at the El Paso County Fairgrounds to give interested residents an update on the progress of the NextEra wind farm project and its transportation impacts as well as the and impacts of recent flooding and road closures to the project and designated haul routes.
The meeting will be June 18 at Swink Hall on the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to learn about the progress being made, the work schedule going forward and changes resulting from recent flooding. NextEra, its contractor performing the work, and El Paso County will have representatives explaining the work that is being done right now and the continued safeguards in place to minimize road, traffic and other impacts.