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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

September 22, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Cause of fallen wind turbine blade near Stuart under investigation

Officials from MidAmerican Energy spent Friday investigating how the blade of a wind turbine broke off and crashed into a corn field sometime Thursday or Friday in rural Adair County southwest of Stuart in Jefferson Township. “The entire blade did not become separated, but a piece, a portion of the blade did fall off onto the ground,” said Geoff Greenwood, MidAmerican Energy spokesman said Friday. The incident was reported by area farmers. The portion of the blade and the turbine . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

18,000-pound wind turbine blade breaks in Adair County

Mid-American Energy spent Friday investigating how the blade of a wind turbine broke off and crashed into a farm field in rural Adair County. Sometime in the past 48 hours, nearby farmers reported that a blade had snapped and landed in a nearby corn field. The blades measure 177 feet long and 18,000 pounds. Adair County farmer Curt Beane said the blade crushed the corn below, but nobody was injured. “I work in the field that it came down, and . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind and solar energy language for the county zoning ordinance gets its first approval

The Winneshiek County Planning & Zoning Commission has unanimously approved adding language concerning wind and solar power projects to the county’s zoning ordinances. The 6-0 vote Tuesday night now sends the updated language to the Board of Supervisors, which will hold a public hearing on the changes. Just one person spoke at Tuesday night’s public hearing into the new language. Decorah native Jacob Bolson now lives in Hardin County, where a moratorium on commercial solar farms has been passed. He . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Northern Iowa county considers ban on future wind farms

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors is considering how to craft what essentially would be a ban on the expansion of commercial wind energy production in the county. Alliant Energy has two wind farms in the county. One – called the Kossuth Wind Farm – has 84 turbines. Alliant’s Golden Plains Wind Farm has 82 turbines that stretch out over Kossuth and Winnebago Counties. Kossuth County Board of Supervisors chairman Jack Plathe says another wind farm in northern Kossuth County is in . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

County plans to cap wind megawatts

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Wind energy generation in Kossuth County will be limited to applications that have been received as of July 1, 2020. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, at its regular meeting, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors directed Steve Brick, attorney for Brick Gentry PC in Des Moines, which designed the county’s original wind energy conversion systems ordinance, to craft an ordinance that would allow no more applications for wind generation and cap it at 600 megawatts or even lower if a . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Page County residents explore impacts of wind energy development

CLARINDA – The impact of potential large-scale wind energy development in Page County was the focus of a meeting Aug. 27 in Clarinda. A coalition called Page County Property Rights conducted the event, which took place in the show arena on the county fairgrounds. Appearing were speakers who commented on issues related to the construction and operation of wind turbines on rural properties. The health effects on individuals living near the turbines were reviewed by Ronni Scott, a retired pharmacist and . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Fight may be coming over wind energy in Hardin County

A court battle could lie ahead after the Hardin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to adopt amendments to its commercial wind energy ordinance. Representatives of RWE Renewables, which has spent more than $2 million preparing to build a 200-megawatt wind farm on the western edge of Hardin County, say they have vested rights and should be allowed to operate under the previous version of the wind ordinance because those were the guidelines when they started the project . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2020 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Big wind not good for our economy

In a May 30, 2018, newspaper article, Adam Wright, CEO of MidAmerican Energy, was interviewed regarding his company’s newest industrial wind project. He said MidAmerican would receive about $10 billion in federal production tax credits for the company’s investment, covering 100% of the capital costs needed to build the wind project. Even though production tax credits were being phased out, he said this newest project would qualify for the full amount of credits. Republican and Democrat lawmakers alike support industrial . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine informational meeting scheduled for Thursday in Clarinda

(Clarinda) – A group of Page County residents are organizing an informational meeting regarding wind turbines in the county. The meeting takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Page County Fairgrounds Show Ring at 1281 East Stuart Street in Clarinda. Kalen Fulk is among the organizers for the meeting. He says the event will feature a number of speakers with experience in various aspects of wind turbines. “We’re going to have a couple there that lives amongst turbines that are . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Winnebago board continues discussion on wind turbines

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning beginning at 9 am in the Supervisors Room of the Winnebago County Courthouse. The meeting will begin with a discussion on the possible refinancing of a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Loan. Jeff Heil who works with the county on the financing and structuring of bonds and loans, will propose a program that can finance the bonds at a lower rate than is currently held. The board may vote on the . . . Complete story »

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