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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 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Humboldt supervisors start over on wind turbine ordinance

DAKOTA CITY – Following months of meetings, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided to make more revisions to a proposed ordinance governing wind towers at Monday’s meeting. About 20 people attended the third reading of the ordinance and about 10 voiced their opinions in yet another 90 minute period of public input. Some landowners asked the board for greater setback distances and lower noise requirements than the proposed ordinance requires. Under the proposed ordinance, applications would be filed with the . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Transmitter problems take wind out of RedRock’s blades

In July, 2016, Jeff Hammond of Tradewinds Energy and local investor Alan Blum announced the investment of up to 500 megawatts of wind power into Emmet and Dickinson counties, with most of the investment in Emmet County. The project area encompasses approximately 80,000 acres and involves around 150 landowners. At that point, Blum and other investors had spent a decade attempting to get the project off the ground. The short-circuiting of progress was rooted in the fact that there were . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine fire could be seen for miles

BEAVER, Iowa – A massive wind turbine caught fire Thursday night near Beaver in Boone county. An emergency manager told us he could see the flames in Woodward, about 25 miles away. It’s a MidAmerican Energy turbine. The company told The Perry News they are investigating and no one was hurt. They’re not sure yet if the generator will need to be replaced. Complete story »


May 25, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire north of Beaver Thursday night

A MidAmerican Energy wind turbine caught fire about 10 p.m. Thursday north of Beaver in western Boone County. There were no injuries in the fire, and authorities at the scene were uncertain what caused the blaze. Boone County Emergency Management, the Ogden Volunteer Fire Department and the Grand Junction Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, which was confined to one tower on the north side of 190th Street about one-half mile east of B Avenue. The wind tower stands . . . Complete story »


May 25, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

MidAmerican Energy investigates wind turbine fire in Boone County

MidAmerican Energy officials are investigating what a caused a fire to one of their wind turbines in Boone County. The Boone County Sheriff’s office confirms to Raccoon Valley Radio that deputies, the Ogden Fire Department, and Boone County Emergency Management Department responded to the scene around 9:30pm Thursday at 157 190th Street, three miles north of Beaver. A MidAmerican Energy Spokesperson tells Raccoon Valley Radio that there was a fire at that site and no one was hurt. The spokesperson . . . Complete story »


May 24, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Fairbank wind farm owners fighting removal order

FAIRBANK – Three wind energy turbines deemed “illegal” by the courts are not coming down without a fight. A group of companies operating the turbines just east of Fairbank have asked Fayette County District Court to reconsider a 2016 order declaring the structures were built in violation of zoning laws and must be torn down. Mason Wind, Dante Wind 6, Venus Wind 4 and Galileo Wind have also filed a new zoning application seeking a variance from the county board of . . . Complete story »


May 19, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy updates County Supervisors on windfarm

AUDUBON – Representatives with NextEra Energy Resources brought information and photographs to the Audubon County Supervisor meeting on Tuesday to help illustrate where the company was with the new wind turbine project planned for east of Audubon this year. NextEra representatives Mike Weich, development project manager and Sarah Watson, local contact of the Audubon office; Bobby Barnett, construction manager and Jeff Damen, construction project manager were introduced. Work on the project expected to begin in late July or early August, . . . Complete story »


May 16, 2018 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge: Wind farm must show how noise standards would be met

An administrative law judge ruled Monday the Freeborn Wind Farm has failed to demonstrate that its planned 200-megawatt operation in southeast Freeborn County and north Iowa meets Minnesota noise standards. Administrative Law Judge LauraSue Schlatter issued the findings in a 171-page report, which will serve as a recommendation to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the decision-making body for final permit approval. “Therefore, the administrative law judge respectfully recommends that the commission either deny Freeborn Wind’s application for a site permit, . . . Complete story »


May 12, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine rules get first OK

DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a wind tower ordinance at Monday’s meeting. The reading came after months of work and meetings by the board and following a period for public comments Monday which went on for 90 minutes. The meeting was moved to the courtroom to handle the crowd of 30 people who showed up. At least 15 people voiced their opinions. Board Chairman Bruce Reimers said before he came on the . . . Complete story »


May 11, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Coalition continues to fight; Locals networking to prevent spread of wind turbines

Local opponents of the expanding number of wind turbine projects across the state continue to battle despite having lost the battle in Clay County. Janna Swanson, one of the spokespeople for the Coalition for Rural Property Rights, said the organization of local volunteers continue to serve as a voice of objection with regards to the large towers, spinning blades and blinking red lights which span the night skyline in many parts of northwest Iowa. “We’re basically a position,” Swanson explained. . . . Complete story »


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