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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.

February 15, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

City of Nevada opts out of buying hospital turbine

In a brief meeting Monday, the Nevada City Council voted to notify Story County Medical Center the city of Nevada declines the first right to purchase the wind turbine that sits on the water treatment plan property. The city furthermore gave notice the turbine be removed in six months. The hospital has stated its intent to sell the wind turbine, which was erected back in mid-1990s. On Monday, the City Council also heard from City Administrator Matt Mardesen that he’s . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2018 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Regarding industrial wind turbines

Two years ago I talked with an Invenergy rep who dropped off a contract at my dad’s house while he was away for the winter. He said, “We want to COVER Kossuth and Humboldt counties with wind turbines”. At that point, no one who was receiving these contracts really understood them; the money sounded good and the picture being painted was rosy. I was skeptical, so started to dig further into the contracts. These contracts do not have the farmers’ . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa Utilities Board issues ruling

On Friday, Feb. 2 by the Iowa Utilities Board ruled on one of the most controversial issues seen in Palo Alto County. On Dec. 5, 2017, Bertha and Stephen Mathis [Petitioners] filed a petition with the State of Iowa Department of Commerce Utilities Board requesting the Board declare that a certificate of public convenience, use and necessity is required for a MidAmerican wind energy project in Palo Alto County. Later that same month, the Utilities Board granted petitions to intervene . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa wind blade maker laying off 200 workers

Siemens will lay off 202 workers at its Fort Madison, Iowa wind blade plant, according to a notification the company made to Iowa Workforce Development. Siemens notified affected workers on Wednesday and plans to eliminate their positions by March 24. “Business volume at this location through the 2018 fiscal year does not support the existing workforce level,” a statement from Siemens said. “While we remain strongly committed to the long-term viability of the U.S. wind market, a difficult decision has . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors talk budget, wind farm revenue

Supporters of a large wind farm outside of Wellsburg—including, perhaps most notably, current Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Ross—billed the project as a budget panacea, a literal windfall for Grundy County that would finance a wide array of infrastructure upgrades. Already, however, at least two fellow supervisors who originally favored the proposal may be feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse. “I was hoping we could use the wind turbine money for roads and specific things… It looks like it’s just . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Building more wind farms doesn’t make sense

Warren Buffett has said that building wind turbines makes no sense without the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC). I wanted to know why industrial wind is being pushed in Iowa when it makes no sense, so I called MidAmerican Energy and asked to speak with Bill Fehrman. They told me he was their president; I could speak with someone in their public relations department instead. I left my name and told them I was a board member of the Coalition . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate backs lawsuit against Midamerican Energy

FACTS 1) A facility that requires a certificate of public convenience, use and necessity from the [Iowa Utilities] Board is defined by Iowa Code § 476A.1(5) as “any electric power generating plant or a combination of plants at a single site, owned by any person, with a total capacity of twenty-five megawatts of electricity or more.” 2) MidAmerican Energy Company is developing a wind energy project in Palo Alto County that consists of at least 170 wind turbines, each with . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Humboldt supervisors return to wind turbine issue

DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors took up the topic of wind turbines again at Tuesday’s meeting. The board isn’t trying to attract or keep out wind turbines, Board Chairman Bruce Reimers said. The board is trying to figure out the best way to protect the roads, and drainage tiles. If a tile line was cut, broke, or destroyed it could be two years later when flooding develops that the problem comes to light, he said. “We really . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2017 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Robbed of health

Body Reflex affected by Industrial Wind Turbines — Residents, visitors and sensitive passerby, your daily life will be gravely impacted by the proposed 170 to 198 Industrial Wind Turbines 24/7 constant blinking, constant shadow flicker, constant noise, constant vibrations, constant electro-magnetic energy emissions because your body reacts to the overstimulation. You do not choose to react. The miraculous body has an autonomic reflex similar to the knee jerk response. The body PCO2 Respiratory Reflex becomes affected. The Pre-Construction Analysis provides . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Worker safety issues plague Newton’s largest employer; Local legislators pledge to investigate

As TPI faces allegations over its handling of worker safety issues, local legislators say they’re looking into the problem, but others in the community are unwilling to comment. TPI Composites, the wind turbine blade manufacturer, was heralded a savior when it first arrived in Newton on the heels of Maytag’s closure, but an investigative report by the Des Moines Register has revealed there may be serious safety issues at the facility. Several former employees are suing TPI, alleging they were . . . Complete story »

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