Wind Power News: Iowa
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.
I hope someday the Register will provide us with an article about how much of Iowa’s precious soil is lost to have renewable energy systems installed on the land. How much land is lost when a hole is dug and filled with tons of steel and concrete to provide a base for a windmill, and then this land loss is multiplied hundreds or thousands of times as more windmills are installed and new wind farms are established? In addition to . . .
ALGONA | Despite, at times angry opinions during a public hearing, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors passed the first reading of an ordinance that will regulate the construction and operation of commercial wind energy conversions systems. The Board of Supervisors passed the second reading March 14. Both votes were 4-1 with Supervisor Don Besch voting no in each vote. He said on Friday that there were several reasons for his decision including drainage, noise, loss of GPS systems and . . .
If wind turbines are subject to wildlife areas, what happens if an eagle is hit and killed or wounded by a wind turbine? Eagles are an endangered bird and are protected by the Federal Gov. law. I read on the internet, the first offense is a $5000 fine and or one year in jail. Second time it is $10000 fine and two years in jail. Third time, if that is a felony, the fine is $250000 and jail time. Now, . . .
When Iowa utility regulators approved MidAmerican Energy Co.’s Wind VIII project in 2013, Gov. Terry Branstad (R) called the $1.9 billion, 1,050-megawatt build-out a “win-win” for the state. But two years after turbines began spinning, victory is looking a little bit sweeter on the utility’s side of the ledger, according to the state’s consumer advocate. The Office of Consumer Advocate, part of the Iowa attorney general’s office, said MidAmerican is unfairly benefiting by seeking to pass through to ratepayers $3.7 . . .
It’s no secret. Iowa farmers produce the best tasting pork in the world. Pigs may not be the most beautiful animal in God’s creation, but we know there’s nothing like an Iowa chop fresh off the grill. We know pigs! We also know “you can only put so much lipstick on that pig.” It’s still a pig. It’s no secret that another animal has shown up in our county. It has come to take our wind, our land, our wildlife, . . .
As the O’Brien County Assessment of Wind Energy Conversion Property ordinance requires, MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC) recently reported to the assessor’s office the final net acquisition cost figure for the recently completed and commissioned O’Brien Wind Energy Project located in northern O’Brien County along Highway 18 near Sanborn. MEC said that with the completion of the Ida Grove wind farm in Ida County and the O’Brien Wind Energy Project, MEC wrapped up work on two major projects adding 551 megawatts . . .
We are the Coalition for Rural Property Rights. We are not against wind energy. The wind companies like to call groups like us “anti-wind.” A better moniker for us would be “anti- 50 story industrial wind turbines erected in large groups covering thousands of acres of our community.” That is a mouthful but far more honest. If the landowners who want to “harvest the wind” installed a personal wind generator for their farm or owned enough contiguous land it is . . .
Madison utility Madison Gas and Electric said Tuesday that it plans to build a $107 million, 66-megawatt wind farm in Howard County, Iowa, that would become the company’s largest wind farm to date. The project, known as Saratoga, will consist of 33-turbines on a 10-square-mile site about 200 miles west of Madison. The site is well situated because of its strong winds and proximity to transmission infrastructure, according to a press release from the utility, which is a subsidiary of . . .
Trespass zoning gives one neighbor the right to infringe on their neighbor’s property. Industrial wind energy installations are an example of trespass zoning. In Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties, Supervisors wrote ordinances that allows a landowner to erect a wind turbine as close as 330 feet from their neighbor’s property line and 600 feet from public roadways. GE, a company that manufactures wind turbines, states that the ice throw zone for a wind turbine is 1.5 x (hub height + . . .
IDA GROVE, Iowa | Mason and Diane Fleenor’s log home in rural Ida County features a wraparound porch that leads to a spacious patio overlooking a pond. “We built this to entertain when it’s nice out,” Mason Fleenor said of the patio. “But it’s hard when we have 40 (wind turbines) to the east and six to the west.” Part of a 134-turbine wind farm that MidAmerican Energy Co. completed in December, Fleenor said the whirling blades and flashing air . . .