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.
GLENVILLE, Minn. – The vista from Dorenne Hansen’s kitchen window features corn and soybean fields specked with barns and tree groves. It may also one day include three wind turbine towers and a power line – not if she can help it, though. Hansen and other residents are fighting to stop the Freeborn Wind project in Freeborn County south of Albert Lea. “I want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers,” she . . .
Industrial wind has a strong foothold in our region and wind boosters like to use our fair state as an example of “wind succeeding.” Nothing could be further from the truth. We all want a better world and cleaner energy but wind is not the answer. Let’s evaluate the claims of Big Wind. Part of opposing Industrial Wind is having the knowledge to back up your views. Wind Turbines avoid CO₂ In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association claims that . . .
Madison Gas & Electric has the green light from state regulators to build a wind farm in northeastern Iowa in 2018 to serve its customers. It is one of several wind projects on the drawing board, in the works, or recently completed, statewide. MGE’s Saratoga wind farm is a $107 million project to be built near Saratoga, Iowa, about 200 miles west of Madison. It won unanimous approval from the three-member state Public Service Commission on Thursday. “MGE is committed . . .
Before the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a construction contract for a wind farm in the northeast portion of the county on Oct. 24, a lawsuit was filed against the developer and owner of the project. According to the initial filing in the Palo Alto County District Court on Friday, Oct. 13, seven Palo Alto County residents have filed a petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief. Named as defendants in the petition are Palo Alto Wind . . .
MidAmerican Energy Company plans to build a new wind farm in Poweshiek County. This is the third site in Iowa selected for construction as part of the Wind XI project. MidAmerican Energy has begun construction activity on the North English wind farm, with completion scheduled for December 2018. The wind farm will share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, currently under construction in neighboring Mahaska County. The North English wind farm is part of . . .
In a three to two vote, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors past a resolution conditionally approving the wind energy conversion system site plan review and approval application for permit during their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 24, as well as discussing and acting on the decommission agreement. Palo Alto County Attorney Peter Hart read through the decommissioning agreement, which explained what is expected if a turbine is out of commission or the company files bankruptcy. “Do you guys . . .
Tensions were high Tuesday morning as the Palo Alto Board of Supervisors prepared to vote on the proposal for the county’s first wind farm. Even the board was split and said it was a hard decision that has weighed on them. “I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in the last month,” Board members said they looked at other examples to help in the decision process. “Every one of us, collectively or individually, have talked to surrounding counties, surrounding wind . . .
Evidence the proposed Industrial Wind Project will not meet county regulations. An expert Acoustician, specializing in the branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound, conducted a Pre-Construction Noise Analysis focusing on audible sound. Frequency ranges greater than 20 decibels (dBA) affect both human and animals. Acoustical trespassing from the hosting turbine will be trespassing unto neighbors, livestock, domestic pets, and wildlife. Non-participating residents and animals will be exposed to long term (up to 35 years) of 24/7 noise . . .
Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations addressed the Trustees about partnerships and training. She shared that several large wind energy companies will have teams competing for Wind Warrior status on Oct. 24. That day, several high schools will bring students to tour college facilities, participate in hands-on experiences, attend an industry panel discussion on job opportunities and also watch the professionals in action. Then, on Oct. 25-26, the Iowa Wind Energy Association will hold it regional technician conference at the college's Sustainable Energy Resources and Technologies (SERT) Center.
At a public hearing in Palo Alto County, Iowa, on October 5, Invenergy VP and lead attorney Mike Blazer claimed that real estate appraiser Mike McCann was currently subject to a license revocation proceeding. McCann, who has studied and reported on the effect of industrial-scale wind energy facilities on surrounding property values, was one of the experts cited by Janna Swanson in her testimony concerning the 170-turbine wind energy project proposed by Blazer’s company. Blazer is recorded on a video . . .