The first steps toward bringing wind power to Mesa County have officially been taken. The BLM approved a right of way for a company to test wind energy potential several miles south of Palisade.
But there are still years of testing that needs to be done. Right now the BLM says they approved a right of way for a company called Wazee Energy L.L.C., to put up a meteorological test tower in the Horse Mountain area to measure wind generation potential.
The tower will be built within the next 90 days. It will stand about 50 meters high and collect wind data for a year. If that data is positive three more towers will be erected to monitor the area over the next two years. BLM officials say currently they don't have any commercial wind energy development in the state. Erin Curtis with the Grand Junction BLM office, says, "There are some testing sites in Utah, there may be some other testing sites here in Colorado, there have been no testing sites up till now in the Grand Junction field office for BLM so this is a new thing."
If Wazee Energy determines the area would work for a wind farm they then could submit an application to the BLM to do just that. At that point the BLM would conduct an environmental assessment to see how a wind farm would affect the area. They also would hold a meeting to gather public comment at that time.