ST. PAUL – Two wind companies with plans to build wind farm projects in Goodhue County shelled out $480,000 in lobbying expenditures in 2010, according to a new report.
AWA Goodhue, which has proposed a 78-megawatt project, spent $380,000 on lobbying. That company ranked 17th highest when it came to lobbying expenditures in 2010, according to the report released by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Geronimo Wind, which is also looking at installing turbines in Goodhue County, spent $100,000.
Zumbrota Township resident Kristi Rosenquist, who opposes the wind project, said she was “shocked” when she saw how much AWA Goodhue spent on lobbying. Read about it in Wednesday’s print edition.
Who spent what
AWA Goodhue, $380,000
Geronimo Wind, $100,000
Juhl Wind, $40,000
Minnesota Wind Coalition, $40,000
Lake Country Wind, $20,000
Renewable Energy Group, $20,000
Source: 2010 Lobbying Disbursement Summary, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
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