Wind turbines could be the newest power source for Maquoketa, but some steps need to be taken before that can happen.
Koehler Electric of Davenport wants to build two wind turbines that stand 500 feet tall, along Hwy 61 in Maquoketa.
“In Maquoketa is what we’ve tested over the last 12 months and is where the wind band is coming through,” Kevin Koehler said, his company has been working on this project for the past 3 years with other wind energy companies.
However, they need to get a special use permit from the city to move forward.
“If they don’t allow this permit to install these on the property then the project won’t happen,” said Koehler.
Brian Wagner, Maquoketa’s City Manager said the zoning board will hold a public meeting to discuss if Koehler Electric meets ordinance guidelines.
“The people who live in the area are probably going to have concerns how two turbines might affect their lives,” said Wagner.
If the two turbines are allowed on the outskirts of Industrial Park, they must be a least 1,000 feet away from homes and other structures, and that’s just one of several requirements.
“They have to abide by certain standards such as setbacks, noise limitations, and flicker,” Wagner said.
Koehler Electric has their fingers crossed, hoping to soon have their plan set in motion.
“When installed in the correct area, it’s cheaper on electricity and you’re not burning fossil fuels,” said Koehler.
The public meeting will be held on June 19th at City Hall.
Folks who live near the proposed wind farm got notices in the mail about the public meeting.
“I would like to hear what the plans are for the future, and also learn a little more about wind energy,” said Judy Toderum, who can see the proposed wind turbine site from her backyard, and she’ll be going to the public meeting.
But to Judy Toderum, not much will change because she already lives next door to the Family Dollar Distribution Center.
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