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Resource Documents: Siting (102 items)


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Date added:  January 12, 2023
Iowa, Regulations, SitingPrint storyE-mail story

Act relating to the siting and operation of certain wind energy conversion facilities

Author:  Iowa State Senate

3. a. A wind energy conversion facility shall be sited at the following distances: (1) No less than two and one-half times the total height of a wind turbine to be constructed on a proposed facility or five thousand feet, whichever is greater, from any existing abutting dwelling or nonparticipating property. (2) No less than one and one-tenth times the total height of a wind turbine to be constructed on a proposed facility or five hundred feet, whichever is greater, . . .

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Date added:  March 2, 2021
Iowa, Siting, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

Some project specs in Iowa: area, infrastructure, foundations

Author:  RPM Access

Project Name Top of Iowa Wind Farm Developer Midwest Renewable Energy Corporation and Zilkha Renewable Energy Owner Entergy Corporation and Shell Wind Corporation Contructor M.A. Mortenson Project Size 81 MW Location Approx 3 miles east of Town of Joice, Worth County, Iowa Site Area Approx 5,900 acres of cropland consisting of 49 separate parcels of land [73 acres/MW] Generating Equipment 89 NEG Micon 900 kW turbines on 237 foot tall tubular towers Balance of Plant Facilities 21.8 miles of underground electric and . . .

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Date added:  February 21, 2021
Latvia, Siting, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

Influence of wind turbines on radio astronomical observations in Irbene

Author:  Bezrukovs, Dmitrijs

[abstract] The reflection and diffraction of external communication and navigational transmitters from tall constructions and moving blades of wind turbines produce some short-pulse additional electromagnetic interference strong enough to fully disturb radio astronomical observations. The problem of short-pulse electromagnetic interference is distinctive to all radio telescopes surrounded by wind turbines. This problem became significant for Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre (VIRAC) after new wind park “Platene” [near Platene and Vede] of Winergy Ltd. was built in 2012 and radio telescopes . . .

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Date added:  January 22, 2021
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, SitingPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers vs. lakers: Agriculture, amenity, and community in predicting opposition to United States wind energy development

Author:  Bessette, Douglas; and Mills, Sarah

Abstract Utility-scale wind energy is now the largest source of renewable electricity in the US. Wind energy’s continued growth remains contingent upon finding adequate resource potential and transmission capacity, along with communities willing to host turbines. While previous research on the social acceptance of wind has relied predominantly on case studies, resident surveys, and reviews of development practices and strategies, here we use a new method. We use a wind contention survey of energy professionals (n = 46) to assess . . .

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