January 14, 2011

Turbine setback distance from air strip stokes wind debate in Goodhue County

By Brett Boese, The Post-Bulletin, www.postbulletin.com 14 January 2011

GOODHUE – Neal Stenlund fears he won’t have room to land his plane if wind developers erect giant turbines on either end of his rural airstrip.

Stenlund’s grassy, graded runway a few miles west of Goodhue sits in the midst of the proposed 32,000-acre AWA Goodhue wind development. Clusters of 403-foot-tall turbines are planned for either end of the airstrip along County Road 9.

The dispute is just the latest controversy involving the wind project, which is in the early stages of a contested case hearing with an administrative law judge.

“It kind of brought up all those issues and arguments a little bit, whereas if this thing would have come through a couple years ago, probably no one would have cared about it,” said Mike Wozniak, Goodhue County planning and zoning administrator.

The situation is far from over. Read about it in Friday’s print edition.

Administrative law judge’s schedule

What happened: Neal Stenlund’s rural airstrip in Goodhue County sits in the midst of the proposed 32,000-acre AWA Goodhue wind development, with clusters of turbines on either end. Stenlund is worried that turbines will hinder flights.

Solutions? One idea is to realign the 1,562-foot airstrip from a north-south orientation to east-west. Another option might be to simply move the turbines on the south end of the runway back.

What’s next: An administrative law judge will consider this issue along with the others involving the wind farm. A hearing is March 29-31, and a recommendation is expected May 18.

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