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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.


November 11, 2019 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

‘You won’t understand it until you live it’

To all Madison County tax paying residents: My name is Tanya Lamb. I am 50 years old. I have lived at my residence for 26 years, my husband for 37 years. We, at the very second you read this, live in the footprint of industrial wind. My husband loves to boast “I’ve planted every tree but two” on our once beautiful property. He started planning his future on our property in 1982, when he planted rows of evergreens that now . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

With few options, wind blades head to Iowa dumps

WALNUT, Ia. – At a western Iowa wind farm, a demolition crew saws through red slashes marked on 120-foot turbine blades, cutting them into thirds before stuffing the thinnest piece inside the base’s hollow cavity, giving workers room to load more blades onto a flatbed trailer. The work is part of MidAmerican Energy’s efforts to “repower” nearly 110 turbines, updating existing towers with longer blades, new hubs and refurbished generators. When the work is done, the wind farm will generate nearly . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Page County Supervisors pass wind turbine ordinance

CLARINDA – After a nearly two-hour public hearing including concerns about wind turbines, the Page County Board of Supervisors approved a related ordinance Oct. 29 should the 300-foot tall towers come to the county. A portion of the hearing included Page County Supervisor Chuck Morris reading an overview of the regulations which includes noise, setback and other factors all to promote the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of residents. A few in the audience didn’t see it that way. “We’re . . . Complete story »


October 30, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors hear concerns over wind turbines

(Clarinda) – Page County is the latest to deal with the controversy involving wind turbines in the state. By unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the county’s board of supervisors approved an ordinance designed to–quote–“promote the public health, safety, comfort and general welfare” regarding turbines, while facilitating–quote–“economic opportunities for rural residents and promoting a goal of increased production from renewable energy sources.” The multi-page ordinance sets regulations for Wind Energy Conversion Systems–or WECS–including application requirements, meteorological tower standards, setbacks, avoidance and mitigation of . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Unplugging renewable energy

For the first time in Iowa, a county has enacted a moratorium on installing new wind turbines. Continued construction of wind turbines and expansion of wind energy farms across Iowa remains a hot topic in rural areas. In recent years, Wallaces Farmer has published articles and letters from people on both sides of the issue. Matt and Kim Brenneman, farming near Parnell in eastern Iowa, wrote the op-ed on Page 11. They are active in the Iowa County Wind Energy . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa DNR OKs three new turbines in Cerro Gordo County

In Iowa, more than 36% of total electricity generation comes from wind energy. And that’s meant more than $10 billion in project investment as well as manufacturing facilities in the state. While no major wind farm project has been undertaken in Cerro Gordo County since the late-1990s, there is a subtle shift happening. Along with the promise of the E.ON Climate and Renewables project in the Rockwell area, the county is markedly redeveloping at an existing site and continuing to . . . Complete story »


October 19, 2019 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Cardinal-Hickory Creek: Residents seek reconsideration of power line approval; Iowa County votes to sue PSC

A handful of residents have asked Wisconsin utility regulators to reconsider the decision to allow construction of a high-voltage power line across the southwest corner of the state, and Iowa County supervisors have voted to join an appeal if the decision stands. Jewell Jinkins Intervenors, a nonprofit organization formed by three Iowa County families, filed a petition this week asking the Public Service Commission to put on hold the order authorizing construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line between Dubuque and . . . Complete story »


October 12, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

The wind industry tackles trouble on two fronts

Renewable energy remains a polarizing issue. Political and customer pressure has power companies moving renewables to the “front burner.” Wind plays a big part in this mix as efficiency has increased and federal tax incentives help defer the cost of building infrastructure. Farmers now grow wind turbines and wheat in the same field. However, the harvest has ranged from “good times” to “buyer’s remorse.” It should be noted that Mid-American Energy helps fund Iowa Public Television, where Market to Market . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

A-W wind turbine removal may become budget item

What will it cost to remove the Akron-Westfield’s inoperable wind turbine from its site? According to A-W School Board Member Nick Mathistad, about $220,000: • $183,000 for disassembly and disposal of the wind turbine; and • $37,000 for foundation removal/disposal, dirt fill and seeding of site. “These are budget numbers, and the scope of work would be bid out at a later date if it comes to that,” Mathistad explained in a text to The Akron Hometowner. The wind turbine . . . Complete story »


October 9, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Madison County OKs state’s first moratorium on wind, solar development

Renewable energy in Iowa hit new headwinds Tuesday as Madison County supervisors passed the state’s first moratorium on new wind turbine installations and Adair County leaders said they were considering capping the number of turbines in their county, effectively stopping new construction. Madison County supervisors voted 2-1 to approve their moratorium, which also applies to new solar energy installations. It is slated to run through October 2020 but could end earlier with the passage of a new ordinance, the supervisors . . . Complete story »


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