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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.


May 25, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Citizens, supervisors engage in further turbine discussions

During Tuesday’s Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, the discussion of planned turbines in the northwest part of the county drew more than 60 citizens to hear discussions and opinions presented. Also present during the discussion were Apex Clean Energy representatives and a board member from the Coalition of Rural Property Rights. Supervisors heard from multiple citizens regarding concerns and opinions both for and against the planned turbines. County resident Jerry Crew got the discussion started. “I’m opposed to wind . . .

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May 18, 2017 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents of APEX/Alliant wind farm

Tuesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. the opponents of APEX/Alliant wind farm will be presenting our side to the board of supervisors. Apparently, according to the Daily Reporter, the “big guns” of APEX et al. presented the “glories” of wind to the supervisors at the May 9 meeting. It is now time to make it crystal clear to the supervisors there is another side to the story because a rather large majority of Clay County property owners do not want . . .

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May 17, 2017 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm concerns in Freeborn County

FREEBORN COUNTY, Minn.- A proposed wind farm in freeborn county has residents voicing their opinions. The Freeborn County Wind Energy Project would bring 100 wind turbines to southern Minnesota and north Iowa. It will be built on a 40,000 acre site just a little more than a mile east of Glenville. “Quite often in Freeborn County we hear that we don’t get economic development throughout the area and to me this is quite a bit of what this is,” said . . .

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May 11, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors, Apex Clean Energy and citizens talk turbine concerns

During the Clay County Board of Supervisors regular session on Tuesday, Supervisors met with Apex Clean Energy, who gave multiple presentations regarding perceived concerns. Supervisors also met with Janna Swanson, Clay County resident and Coalition for Rural Property Rights board member. Brenna Gunderson, senior development manager at Apex Clean Energy, explained why Apex had brought experts to give presentations during the session. “I’ve been developing a wind project, my team and I, since 2015. It’s a 300-megawatt project, kind of . . .

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

Reader wonders “then what?”

Recently while reading about wind turbine companies decommissioning the turbines if things don’t work out, I did not see anything about the foundation. I have read some locations will take 50 cement truck loads of cement for just one base. The bases will run from 5 feet to 12 feet deep for some of the smaller bases and much more for the larger base. The common bases will run from 30 -50 feet in diameter. Plus all the cement, there . . .

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May 10, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Airport board discusses wind farm placement, potential surveillance system

The Spencer Airport Board of Trustees met on Monday afternoon and discussed potential issues regarding a planned wind farm in Clay County with Clay County Board of Supervisors Chairman Burlin Matthews during their regular session. The main issues discussed were around aerial application and whether or not planned turbines would be penetrating airspace. “They did the (turbine) placements, I think last Monday or Tuesday with the (land) owners and I have not seen those. I have learned because I was . . .

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May 4, 2017 • Blogs, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

End of state tax credit expected to impact Iowa clean energy growth

The race is on to finish about a dozen large renewable energy projects in Iowa after state lawmakers did not act on renewing a key tax credit. The state’s production tax credit of 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour will not be available for any projects that go into operation after Dec. 31, 2017. The Iowa Legislature did not vote on renewing the credit during the session that ended in late April. The impact will be twofold: projects now in process . . .

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May 3, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Public airs wind turbine noise, ice worries

During this week’s Clay County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, county supervisors shared information, updates and asked questions regarding concerns raised about wind turbines that were stated at a prior meeting. Named the Upland Prairie Wind project, the proposed endeavor by Apex noted on its website that the project will produce 300 megawatts of energy, powering 102,000 homes. The wind energy project would see wind turbines in the northwest part of Clay County, around the townships of Waterford and southern Lone . . .

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April 27, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

County turbine discussions continue

During Tuesday’s Clay County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, county supervisors shared information, updates and asked questions regarding concerns raised about wind turbines that were stated at a prior meeting. Named the Upland Prairie Wind project, the proposed endeavor by Apex noted on its website that the project will produce 300 megawatts of energy, powering 102,000 homes. The wind energy project would see wind turbines in the northwest part of Clay County, around the townships of Waterford and southern Lone Tree. . . .

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April 25, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Ida County residents share frustrations with wind turbines

IDA GROVE, IA – When you drive into Ida Grove, you see dozens of wind turbines in the distance. It’s part of a project that the county says by 2024, will generate over two million dollars for them. But there are some people who aren’t happy with these large towers. There are over a hundred Ida County residents crammed into the county courthouse who are worried. “There’s a lot of concern out there,” said Brett Bergman, a resident in Ida County. . . .

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