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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 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.

July 7, 2020 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Do you want control over your land?

Letter to the editor, farmers, ranchers, landowners and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions. The Iowa Utilities Board is proposing the use of eminent domain with wind and solar energy. Eminent domain is the right of a government to expropriate private property for public use. This means even if you do not give a wind developer or utility company access to your land, the IUB could (according to this proposal) still run transmission lines through . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Stop eminent domain in Iowa

Eminent domain is the process used to take your private property to be used for what the government determines to be more beneficial. It is what the Iowa Utilities Board has proposed through a rule change, Docket NO. RMU-2020-0028, to make the process of building more industrial wind sites and the transmission necessary to transmit it to eastern states. The Iowa Utilities Board is made up of three appointed, unelected, people making decisions for everybody. Their plan is affecting everyone . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine issues fixed in Osceola County

SIBLEY—A wind farm run by a Juno Beach, FL-based energy company is finally in full compliance with a conditional use permit that allows the farm to operate in Osceola County near Harris. David Levy, a lawyer representing NextEra Energy Resources, provided an update on the company’s compliance status during the county board of supervisors’ meeting Tuesday in Sibley. The energy company had been granted the permit in March 2019 for a turbine blade replacement project. However, NextEra was required to . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

N’West Iowa counties mull proposed rule

Some N’West Iowa officials consider a new proposal by the Iowa Utilities Board a power grab. The utilities board is considering adopting new administrative rules regarding renewable electric power-generating facilities that some N’West Iowa counties fear would increase its eminent domain capabilities. The Osceola County Board of Supervisors approved drafting a letter opposing the proposed rules, which the county feared would override its control in greenlighting construction and placement of wind turbines and other renewable power-generating facilities. “I don’t think . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

County to petition IUB rules change regard local authority for solar, wind projects

The Story County Board of Supervisors will address topics of portable radios and renewable energy during its special 8:30 a.m. meeting today. Board to petition to Iowa Utilities Board The board will address its concerns regarding proposed rule changes from the Iowa Utilities Board which would affect the county’s jurisdictional power to approve renewable projects without IUB approval. In May, the IUB drafted rules that would make them a sole authority to approve wind and solar energy projects in the . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Oppose rule changes for wind power

The Iowa Utilities Board is proposing rule changes for industrial wind farms that will allow condemnation of private property and issue permits intended to “streamline” the application process and construction of wind farms. You only have until June 22 to comment on the proposed changes on their open docket comment form at: iub.iowa.gov/online-services/open-docket-comment-form. They ware docket RMU-2020-0028 and docket RMU-2019-0024. I object to the proposed changes for the following reasons: First, they give an unfair advantage to industrial wind. All . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2020 • Blogs, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa considers major changes in siting of renewables

On May 22, 2020, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) opened a rulemaking proceeding that will change 20 years of precedent on siting of wind farms and, for the first time, establish rules aimed directly at siting solar projects and energy storage projects. Since 1997, wind projects in Iowa have not had to obtain a generating certificate from the IUB so long as the project was designed with less than 25 MW of nameplate capacity (the trigger under the state generating certificate . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines still issue in Osceola County

SIBLEY—An Osceola County wind farm continues to generate issues for nearby residents. Landowners still are waiting for resolutions related to excessive noise and shadow flicker caused by wind turbines a Juno Beach, FL-based energy company runs in the county. The Osceola County Board of Supervisors discussed the ongoing issue with NextEra Energy Resources LLC during its meeting Tuesday, May26. The company is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. which operates the wind farm located north of Highway 9 near Harris. . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors candidates sound off on wind turbines

(Shenandoah) – The contentious wind turbine issue is still spinning in Page County. That was one of the many topics addressed by candidates for Republican nominations in two Page County supervisors’ districts in a special virtual forum. Seven candidates participated via ZOOM in a forum sponsored by KMA recorded Wednesday evening, and aired for the first time Wednesday evening. During the forum, candidates were asked how they felt about the county’s current wind turbine ordinance, and what, if any, changes would . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Faulty blades hamper wind farm production (Part 2)

“All 82 turbines will be commissioned by 12/31/2019, there is no material work planned for 2020,” EDF Community Relations coordinator Jinnie Hall asserted for a Cherokee County Glaciers Edge Wind Project wrap-up story that was published in the CT on Jan 6, 2020. However, the unexpected sight of a broken turbine blade at a site in Marcus Township before the New Year clearly put the kibosh on Hall’s assertion. A three-day period of ice, sleet and high winds enveloped NW . . . Complete story »

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