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Controversial 50-turbine wind farm approved  

Credit:  by Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio, minnesota.publicradio.org 30 June 2011 ~~

The State Public Utilities Commission Thursday overrode county rules approved a controversial wind farm in Goodhue County.

The 50-turbine project generated strong opposition from some residents in the farming region in southeastern Minnesota.

Goodhue County adopted an ordinance requiring turbines to be at least a half-mile away from homes that do not benefit from the projects – a stipulation more restrictive than state guidelines.

The State Public Utilities Commission decided it could override the county rules, but created middle ground by requiring the developer to make a quote “good faith effort” to comply with the county ordinance.

Source:  by Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio, minnesota.publicradio.org 30 June 2011

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