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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 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.

December 19, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Setback requirements, property rights take center stage at Shenandoah wind turbine town hall

Issues dealing with property rights and setback regulations took center stage at a town hall meeting regarding wind energy in Page County. The meeting was the second forum hosted this week by the Page County Board of Supervisors and was held in the Bricker Room of the Shenandoah Public Safety Center. Speaking during the meeting, Page County resident Jacob Holmes says the county’s current setback regulations – which require a wind turbine to be 1,500 feet from a non-participating home – have . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Page County windmill talks shift to Shenandoah

(Shenandoah) – Round 2 of the Page County Board of Supervisors’ series of discussions regarding wind turbines takes place tonight. This time, The Bricker Room of Shenandoah’s Public Safety Center is the venue for another town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Tonight’s event follows the first town hall session at the Page County Courthouse’s Page Room in Clarinda Monday evening. At that meeting, pros and cons were aired on the development of wind energy production in the county. At least one . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine feedback aired at Clarinda town hall

(Clarinda) – “You love ‘em or you hate ‘em”—that’s how one Page County official sums up the feelings of many residents regarding wind turbines. Late Monday afternoon, the county’s board of supervisors held the first of two town hall meetings designed to elicit comments regarding turbine development in the county. Recently, the supervisors approved an ordinance setting regulations on wind turbines. But, Supervisors Chair Alan Armstrong the board still wants to hear feedback over the issue. “Probably our biggest concern—the . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Company wants to build wind farm in Boone County

A Virginia-based company is announcing plans to build up to 85 wind turbines in central Iowa starting next year. Holly McCoy-Nelson, spokeswoman for Apex Clean Energy, says the development will be called the Great Pathfinder Wind Project. “We are working towards having a buildable project in Boone and Hamilton counties,” McCoy-Nelson says. “They’re in the Stratford area and south, and then north of Boone.” The process is slow going and McCoy-Nelson says they’re working to apply to get energy onto . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Page County wind turbine town halls tonight and Wednesday

(Clarinda) – Page County residents have a chance to speak out on wind turbine issues this week. Town Hall meetings are slated for 5 this evening at the Page County Courthouse’s Page Room, and Wednesday, December 18th at that same time at the Bricker Room of Shenandoah’s Public Safety Center. In a recent interview with KMA News, Page County Supervisors Chair Alan Armstrong says the meetings are designed to gather public comments on the placement of wind turbines in the county. . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Hardin County places indefinite moratorium on wind turbine permits

ELDORA, Iowa – Hardin County supervisors unanimously passed an indefinite moratorium on wind turbine building permits at its meeting Wednesday. In a 3-0 vote, supervisors passed a resolution placing a moratorium “effective immediately and indefinitely,” on wind turbine permits. The resolution states that it is placing the moratorium in order to protect a 911 communications tower being built near Hubbard and to protect drainage infrastructure. It states the county also wishes to prevent and abate “any resulting nuisance from decommissioned commercial . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa Utilities Board holding hearing on Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line

The Iowa Utilities Board is hearing arguments this week on a proposed transmission line that would affect some residents in the Dubuque area. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek line would span 100 miles from Dane County, Wisconsin through Dubuque County. Three companies are involved in this: ITC Midwest, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and American Transmission Company (ATC). ITC spokesperson Rod Pritchard says the new line will have many benefits, including, “increased reliability to the system, expanded system capacity, and access to more different . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2019 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy carries steep hidden costs

Since 2004, MidAmerican Energy has set up wind farms. They run on wind, which is free. MidAmerican has spent $11.6 billion to set them up. Alliant Energy is spending $2.4 billion. MidAmerican is “repowering,” or replacing, the blades of 1,215 wind turbines and other parts in its fleet of more than 2,600, a multiyear maintenance project. Iowa had 2,073 turbines last year, seven times more than in 2004, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show. MidAmerican estimates that it . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Page County sets wind turbine meetings

(Clarinda) – Page County officials are seeking feedback on wind turbine issues. Public meetings take place Monday, December 16th at the Page County Courthouse’s Page Room, and Wednesday, December 18th at the Bricker Room of Shenandoah’s Public Safety Center. Both meetings begin at 5 p.m. Page County Supervisors Chair Alan Armstrong tells KMA News both meetings are designed to gleam public comments on the placement of wind turbines in the county. “What we’re hoping to have is people who still have . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2019 • Iowa, Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Good neighbors’?

Every life, every work is a legacy. Survivors of the Great Depression left a legacy of extreme frugality. The 80s farm crisis impacted not just our farming practices and lifestyle but also our psyche. Survivors fear loss of the farm, the lifestyle, and loss of identity. We hang on to property at great costs to our legacy. Converting agricultural and wildlife areas to the use of industrial wind turbines irreversibly destroys it. It is a legacy of destruction starting with . . . Complete story »

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