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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 22, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Kossuth supervisors hear wind farm concerns

Kossuth County residents had a chance to voice concerns about a new wind farm proposed in the Lakota area during an informational meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Eagle Center. The Kossuth County Supervisors hosted the meeting along with Zoning Administrator Doug Miller, as they were joined by representatives from EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy. EDF is the company working to build the new Golden Plains Wind Farm, and Alliant Energy would operate the farm following its completion. EDF . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbors in eastern Iowa fight to bring down turbines — and win

FAIRBANK, Ia. – Developers who invested $11 million to install three wind turbines in eastern Iowa are tearing them down, after losing a legal battle waged by nearby residents. It’s only the second time nationally a judge has ordered wind turbines to be torn down and a first in Iowa. “It’s great. We love it,” said Cheyney Hershey, whose young family lives near the turbines. “You can’t sit outside on the deck and have a conversation without the constant thumping of . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

OSHA investigating construction worker’s death at St. Ansgar wind farm

ST. ANSGAR | OSHA is investigating the death of a construction worker at a wind farm under construction in Mitchell County. Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver said the fatal accident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday while the worker was loading heavy equipment at Turtle Creek Wind Farm, which is under construction near St. Ansgar. Dave Berthelsen, president of White Construction, identified the construction worker as Joseph Hill of Minnesota. He would not give Hill’s age or provide where Hill lived . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Fairbank wind farm dealt legal blow

WATERLOO – Owners of wind energy turbines east of Fairbank have lost another round in their battle to keep the structures up. A three-judge panel of the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal filed by attorneys for Mason Wind, Dante Wind 6, Galileo Wind 1 and Venus Wind 4, which are under a Fayette County District Court order to remove three turbines by Dec. 9. Justices Brent Appel, Thomas Waterman and Edward Mansfield confirmed a July 11 decision by . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines disappear; Fairbank neighbors cheer

FAIRBANK – Joyce Kerns noticed a familiar sound when the large industrial wind turbine built near her backyard was shut down in July. “It was so nice to hear the birds chirping again,” she said. Kerns and many of her neighbors are celebrating this week as a group of wind energy companies are in the process of dismantling three 450-foot towers built in 2015 just east of the Fairbank city limits. “I’m thrilled,” Kerns said. “The constant whoosh, whoosh, whoosh sound . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

PTC still going strong

In the political debates recently people have been asking about the Production Tax Credit for industrial wind energy. The pat answer is that the tax credits are declining every year starting in 2016 giving people the impression that now industrial wind can stand and that their costs have fallen so far as to make it affordable. That is not the whole story. The PTC is given for 10 years. MidAmerican has even repowered some of their turbines that are barely . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Adair County Supervisors pass turbine resolution

ADAIR COUNTY – Following a series of meetings which included the topic of wind turbines, the Adair County Supervisors passed a resolution Wednesday morning related to a more comprehensive ordinance on the structures. Adair County Auditor Mindy Schaefer said the board passed the resolution during its meeting Wednesday morning and there was little discussion about the resolution and no public comments about it during consideration. The supervisors had previously passed an ordinance related to where the turbines could be placed, . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Black Hawk County wind farm opponents go to court

WATERLOO – Opponents of a proposed wind farm near Hudson contend Black Hawk County exceeded its authority by granting permits for the 35 turbines. Farmer Harold Youngblut sued the county Board of Adjustment after board members voted 3-2 April 24 to grant special permits for the planned Washburn Wind Energy project on farm land primarily in Eagle Township. His attorney, John Holmes, was in court Tuesday asking District Court Judge George Stigler to find that Iowa law prevents the county from . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Invenergy, MidAmerican seek easements in Union, Adams for wind development project

Invenergy LLC, a clean energy company headquartered in Chicago, met with Union County Board of Supervisors Monday to discuss an upcoming wind development project to span areas of Union and Adams counties. During the regularly scheduled meeting, representatives of Invenergy and MidAmerican Energy Company shared plans for the project, which is in its beginning stages, and talked about what residents can expect as they actively seek easements for the project. According to Mark Zaccone of Invenergy, the companies are seeking . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors OK NW Winnebago County wind farm

FOREST CITY | The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution to allow EDF Renewables to build 31 wind turbines between Buffalo Center and Rake. “It’s a tough decision,” said Supervisor Terry Durby at the Oct. 9 board of supervisors meeting. The wind farm project will benefit the entire county because of the increase in the tax base, according to Durby. He also said small family farmers who have the wind turbines built on their land will receive . . . Complete story »

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