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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 16, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

MidAmerican to install 85 turbines in Boone, Greene counties

Construction will begin in April on 85 turbines between Ogden, Boxholm and Dana. MidAmerican Energy recently announced two major projects – one in Mahaska County and another along the Boone/Greene county line – will begin later this year. MidAmerican has landowner participation on approximately 10,000 acres of land where it has sited the proposed Beaver Creek project facilities. MidAmerican will only use approximately one-half of an acre for each of the 85 turbines for the road and turbine foundation. The Beaver Creek . . .

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January 10, 2017 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Negative effects of wind turbines

Living near the state line where my ancestors settled hundreds of years ago has always been my dream. It’s always been where I feel at home. The land is peaceful, quiet, humbling and powerful. It has many ways of offering renewable resources to us, but there are better ways than wind turbine farms. I implore you to go beyond the facts the wind company has given you, to research beyond what they want you to know, to realize that it . . .

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January 8, 2017 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Is wind farm construction underway?

I am writing in response to the article on wind turbines near Hudson in the Dec. 27 Courier, and the subsequent editorial in the Jan. 4 edition. Both articles quote the RPMA representative saying “the design hasn’t happened yet, we don’t know where the turbines are going to be.” On Oct. 3, 37 turbine locations were received by the Federal Aviation Administration, and two more were added Dec. 13, all submitted by RPMA. On Dec. 27, all 39 turbines advanced . . .

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January 5, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-RICL advocates cautiously celebrate temporary victory

One might suspect that the news of Texas-based Clean Line Energy Partners withdrawing its application for a nearly 500-mile renewable energy transmission line running from O’Brien County, Iowa, to the Chicago area and passing through portions of northern and eastern Grundy County would send the landowners who spent the last three years fighting it tooth and nail into a frenzy of joy, but according to players on both sides of the issue, the battle is far from over. “I think . . .

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December 28, 2016 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Black Hawk County wind farm sees opposition

WATERLOO, Iowa – Residents have voiced opposition to a proposed wind farm development in southern Black Hawk County. RPM Access has planned to build the 70-megawatt Washburn Wind Farm just south of Waterloo, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/2iA9sIh ) reported. Several people who live nearby have said they’re concerned that the turbines could hurt their property values, kill bats and birds, throw ice from the blades and cause health issues due to low-frequency noise, motion and shadow flicker. “If this windmill . . .

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December 28, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Clean Line withdraws Iowa petitions

Clean Line Energy has withdrawn pending applications in Iowa for approval of its planned project that runs through several counties in Iowa and Illinois. The project route was to begin in Iowa’s O’Brien County, enter Illinois between Cordova and Port Byron, continue through Whiteside County just southwest of Erie, through the entire north edge of Bureau County, and end in Grundy County. The company said Dec. 22 that its petitions for approval of its Rock Island Clean Line electric transmission . . .

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December 27, 2016 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Company eyes Black Hawk County wind farm

WATERLOO – An energy company is working in southern Black Hawk County to develop what would be the county’s first wind farm. RPM Access is actively securing landowner permission, gathering technical data and has applied for a power grid interconnection agreement for a new 70 megawatt facility generally between U.S. Highway 63 and Iowa Highway 21 south of Waterloo. While some property owners are preparing to fight the prospect of up to 35 wind turbines in their backyard, company officials said . . .

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December 24, 2016 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Stop trying to justify wind turbines

The Dec. 18 business section “Wind turbines could boost Iowa crop conditions, ISU study shows” featured a huge front-page picture of a wind turbine towering over a rapidly disappearing landmark from Iowa’s landscape – the ear corn crib! I must commend the Register for the striking photo, causing me to reminisce about “yesteryear” and reminding us of the folly of “climate changers” who view the wind turbine as God’s answer to man’s destruction of His Creation! What was the purpose of . . .

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December 23, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Rock Island Clean Line withdraws petition for Iowa wind project

Rock Island Clean Line withdrew its petition Thursday seeking permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to build an electric transmission line across Iowa – a move that the project’s opponents hailed as a victory for state landowners. The $2 billion, 500-mile overhead transmission line would have funneled wind energy across 16 counties from northwest Iowa into Illinois and states further east. But it has garnered significant opposition from landowners and lawmakers who are worried that the company would use eminent domain . . .

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December 23, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Clean Line withdraws Iowa project pending Illinois decision

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Clean Line Energy Partners announced Thursday it is withdrawing its application to the Iowa Utilities Board to construct a transmission line across the state pending a court challenge to the project in Illinois. The Houston-based Clean Line has been working for years to get approval for the Rock Island Clean Line project, a 500-mile line that would begin in Northwest Iowa’s O’Brien County and deliver wind-generated electricity to Illinois and states in the eastern part of the U.S. . . .

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