[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Goodhue wind-energy project gets another setback  

Credit:  Nick Woltman | Pioneer Press | June 21, 2013 | www.twincities.com ~~

A long-delayed wind energy project in southeastern Minnesota might have come up against its final roadblock.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has voted not to extend New Era Wind Farm’s authority to move forward with the proposed 78-megawatt project near Goodhue, said Dan Wolf, assistant executive secretary of the PUC.

The PUC on Thursday judged that New Era could not demonstrate that it was prepared to undertake the project and that the company failed to specify a date by which the wind farm would be in service.

The PUC was also dissatisfied with New Era’s plan to mitigate any potential harm to local eagle and bat populations – a concern raised by area residents opposed to the project.

The commission also found that the transfer of a power purchase agreement with Xcel Energy from the project’s previous owner to New Era was unlawful. Minneapolis-based Xcel recently filed a lawsuit to sever the power purchase agreement.

Todd Guerrero, an attorney representing New Era, said the PUC’s decision might not be the last word on the project’s fate.

“I don’t know what they’re going to, yet,” Guerrero said Friday. “I still think they’re going to try to get the project done one way or the other. Certainly, yesterday didn’t help.”

New Era’s proposal called for 48 wind turbines to be built on a 32,700-acre site near the Belle Creek, Zumbrota and Goodhue townships.

It has faced vocal opposition from local residents for reasons including the
proximity of the turbines to their properties and the turbines’ effect on local wildlife.

The turbines were originally scheduled to be in service by Dec. 31, 2011.

Source:  Nick Woltman | Pioneer Press | June 21, 2013 | www.twincities.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter