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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.

October 3, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Adair County considering wind turbine ordinance following citizens concerns

ADAIR COUNTY – Members of the Adair County Supervisors hope to have an ordinance to consider during their next meeting on Wednesday, following discussions in meetings last week about wind turbines. Supervisor Matt Wedemeyer said Friday that citizens started coming to supervisor meetings last summer, “concerned about the large amount of windmills coming into the county, and our county did not have an ordinance related to the citing of wind turbines.” There are three wind farms that are in all . . . Complete story »

October 3, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning board approves wind farm exception

A new wind farm is one step closer to being built north of Buffalo Center, as the Winnebago County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved special exception permit for EDF Renewables at a September 18 meeting at the Heritage Town Center. A large crowd came out to provide input ahead of the board’s vote, with many people voicing concerns about the project. Zoning Administrator Matt Duve explained that an ordinance passed in 2001 allows wind farms in Winnebago County under a . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

County moves forward with wind farm restrictions

Greenfield, Iowa – Adair County is moving forward with a plan to restrict wind turbines in the county. Wind turbines have been a contentious issue there for a while now. KCCI’s Chris Gothner has details. Complete story »

September 17, 2018 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Tell Fish & Wildlife to protect bats from corporate greed

MidAmerican wind turbine farms seek permit to legally kill Eagles and endangered bats by deforesting their habitat and donating money to bat and raptor conservation efforts to make their kill numbers look better! In a year where the Iowa Department of Public Health announced that they are currently investigating 73 cases of West Nile Virus, which is the highest it’s been in about 15 years. MidAmerican is seeking a permit to allow them to put up wind turbines in designated . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2018 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry says Minnesota pollution control stance will stifle its growth

The wind energy industry says an opinion filed by Minnesota pollution control regulators defining wind turbine noise will stifle its growth. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says the state’s limit for wind farm noise applies not only to sounds from turbines but also should include background noise like road traffic, said the filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The filing is part of a contentious permitting case for a proposed $300 million project southeast of Albert Lea . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Western Iowa wind projects worry some residents

Some western Iowa residents say they’re concerned about wind projects being planned nearby. Energy developer Invenergy is planning almost 170 wind turbines in Sac and Ida counties. According to Invenergy, the planned Sac and Ida county wind farms could produce enough energy to power about 90,000 homes each year. The projects’ permits are still being reviewed in both counties. Invenergy’s goal is to have them up and running between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020. But some . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing on wind turbine variance set for Dec. 10

A procedural hearing was held on Sept. 4 regarding a petition filed by a group of individuals in Madison County District Court asking that a higher court hear their concerns regarding the wind turbine variance granted by the board of adjustment on July 3. According to court officials, Tuesday’s procedural hearing was merely to set another date for the next procedural hearing which will be Dec. 10 to review the writ of certiorari that was filed. “These things take time; . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2018 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Let’s look at the money

Judge Whittenburg’s ruling on the court case against the Palo Alto Supervisors just goes to show that legal and ethical are not always the same thing. The few participating landowners and county leaders that want this wind installation for the money. Let’s look at the money. MidAmerican has clearly stated that building wind turbines makes no sense without tax credits, they cannot build their projects without 100% of the Production Tax Credit (in their bid for ratemaking to the Iowa . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors OK tax sales, wind farm permit

Leroy Schoon, Board of Adjustments Chairman, reported that the Cherokee County Board of Adjustments held a public hearing on August 20, 2018 to consider EDF Renewables application for conditional use permits for the Glaciers Edge Wind Project. After hearing comments from the public and questions answered by EDF representatives, the Board of Adjustments approved the permits by a unanimous vote and accepted an $88,000 permit fee for the project. Complete story »

September 4, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Zap! Unlucky wind turbine hit by storm, finished off by lightning

Don Henderson drives around taking photographs of Iowa, but this was a first, what he called “a very unlucky windmill” smoldering in the distance on Sunday. He said a wind turbine four miles south of Zearing off U.S. Highway 65 was damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through Iowa earlier this summer, leaving one blade dangling. Then, lightning struck it during the storms this weekend. He was there Sunday to capture the images of the smoking turbine, and thousands of . . . Complete story »

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