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Wind Power News: Iowa

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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

November 30, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Public comment about proposed wind turbine ordinance in Pottawattamie County

More than 100 people showed up to a public hearing in Oakland, Iowa, Wednesday night. Some spoke for and against a proposed ordinance that would make it more difficult for any new wind turbines to be built in Pottawattamie County. People took the podium in front of the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night, and it has to do with the possibility of new wind turbines in the area. “I enjoy gazing at the stars. I can’t imagine that, . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It creates obstacles’: Aviation school raises flag about proposed wind farm in Pottawattamie County

Pottawatomie County is experiencing a little more turbulence over a plan to build a wind farm near Treynor. The proposed site is where student pilots learn to fly. Revv Aviation Flight School says turbines would create obstacles for their training and even graduation due to an increased cost for students. As students touch and go from the Council Bluffs Airport Tuesday, the chief flight instructor has helped hundreds of students’ careers take off, training above hundreds of miles in the . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Dickinson County board rejects Invenergy permit to install new wind turbines in the Iowa Great Lakes area

Plans for a new wind farm in the Iowa Great Lakes region hit a major roadblock Wednesday night. Opponents of a proposed wind farm in the Iowa Great Lakes region credit a grassroots effort for putting a pause on the project located east and southeast of East Lake Okoboji. Emotions ran high as the Dickinson County Board of Adjustment turned down a permit for Invenergy to install up to 79 turbines. Tears streamed down the face of resident Kris Van . . . Complete story »

October 18, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Massive fire destroys wind turbine in Adair County

A massive fire destroyed a wind turbine and burned a large farm field in Adair County Tuesday morning. The fire burned so hot it destroyed the 22-story tall structure. It consumed the nacelle that holds the generator and one giant blade, which crashed to the ground. Advertisement “It’s crazy, it’s nuts. I can’t believe it. But I can, as dry and windy as it is. But it’s something else,” said Noah Kouri, who lives nearby. The fire eventually spread to . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2023 • Iowa, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Thousands of old wind turbine blades pile up in west Texas

Every year since 1958, the West Texas town of Sweetwater has hosted the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup, which is exactly what it sounds like. Thousands of the venomous ophidians are rooted out of their dens and brought to the Nolan County Coliseum to be gawked at, “milked,” and often beheaded and skinned. It started as a way for the region to rid itself of some of its least-welcome residents. Now community leaders wish they could do the same with several . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine will come down next week

After more than a decade in service, the wind turbine in the northeast corner of campus between the university power plant and CyRide facility will be removed next week. Demolition is slated to conclude by Thursday, Aug. 10. The 160-foot, 100-kilowatt turbine became increasingly unreliable in recent years before it stopped operating last August. Purchase or produce Mark Kruse, director of utility services, said the turbine produced approximately 0.055% of the electricity used on campus, and the revenue it generated . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Group seeks wind turbine moratorium in Dickinson County

Some residents in a northwest Iowa county are asking local officials to enact a moratorium on wind turbine construction in unincorporated areas of Dickinson County. Kristine Van Kleek lives in a rural area, outside of Milford. She spoke at Tuesday’s meeting of the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors. “We’ve been informed that a wind developer will be submitting their application within the next month and that their application will be evaluated based on the 2009 ordinance,” Van Kleek said. “The . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine ordinance passes second consideration

A proposed update to Webster County’s zoning ordinance that governs the development of wind turbine projects has passed its second reading by the Board of Supervisors and will be reviewed once more before the board takes final action. On Tuesday, during a public hearing on the matter, several area landowners shared their concerns and opposition to the two potential wind farm developments being considered in the northeastern part of the county. Several are completely opposed to any development of wind . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors pass moratorium governing future wind turbines

The Taylor County Supervisors, at their regular weekly meeting on Thursday, June 15, passed a moratorium on future wind turbine projects. The moratorium does not apply to wind turbine projects already completed in Taylor County or projects that are already in the planning stages. The moratorium gives the supervisors time to come up with an updated ordinance concerning future wind turbine projects. They plan to have an updated ordinance done by October of 2023. Complete story »

June 7, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors pass temporary moratorium on wind turbines

At their June 6 meeting, the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors discussed a temporary moratorium on commercial wind energy system construction. “I’m not comfortable approving something like this until I have a little more research,” said Supervisor Mike Mayer. “Personally I don’t think we need a moratorium for windmills,” said Supervisor Mark Hendrickson. “It sends a bad signal to other companies that may want to come to Mitchell County. I don’t think we need one at this time.” “My point . . . Complete story »

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