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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.


July 23, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm being considered; Project in initial stages to locate farm nearby

Wind turbines common in northern and western Iowa may soon come to southern Iowa. Property owners had a meeting in February in Moulton, as well as other areas within the potential project. The project as of July remains in a feasibility study period. Wind and environmental studies are ongoing. Tradewind Energy, Inc., based in Lenexa, Kansas, is also meeting with landowners to negotiate leasing land for the proposed wind farm. Nick Schuler, development manager with Tradewind Energy, Inc., says there . . . Complete story »


July 20, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Kuntz: Are wind turbines worth it?

In his Wednesday, July 11 column on wind power in North Iowa, Merlin Bartz chose to highlight what he perceives as positives of the wind energy industry. There are both pros and cons. Construction of a wind power facility creates a lot of jobs for road work, excavation, and cement hauling, but they are temporary. The specialized work of installing the turbines is typically done by people the turbine manufacturer brings in from outside of the community. After the turbines . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners voice opposition to wind turbines in Madison County

DEXTER, Iowa  – In May, MidAmerican Energy announced the Arbor Hill wind farm project, which includes the construction of 125 wind turbines. That project began this summer in Adair County. “Another 52 turbines have been approved to be installed in Madison County,” said Dave Marsh of Adair-Madison Avenue in Dexter. “And we’re fighting the turbines from going into Madison County. We live in Madison County.” Dave and Shelley Marsh live on the county line in Dexter. “We have lived here . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • Iowa, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm being planned for Davis County

Bloomfield’s solar tracking system – the largest in Iowa – is now providing approximately 10 percent of the city’s energy and generating interest around the state in this community’s efforts to produce clean, affordable and renewable energy. Statewide onlookers are likely to keep their attention focused on Davis County’s accomplishments as a wind energy project is currently in the feasibility stage of development for southwestern Davis County, southeastern Appanoose County, and northern Schuyler County in Missouri. Nick Schuler of Tradewind Energy, which . . . Complete story »


July 15, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy boondoggle

MidAmerican Energy has plans to take Iowa to 100% renewable energy. Our giant utility companies are running over Iowans to make this happen. Hundreds of people are negatively affected at every installation and hundreds more with every extra wind energy transmission line. Affected Iowans have no real say. Many protested at public meetings, collected petitions, hired attorneys and filed lawsuits but the promise of money won the local governments. Iowans have no power of recall, no referendum. Even the Iowa . . . Complete story »


July 14, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

MidAmerican Energy announces new Grundy County wind farm

DES MOINES – MidAmerican Energy Co. Thursday announced construction of a wind farm project to begin this month in west central Grundy County. The Ivester wind farm includes 35 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It’s part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project, which the company announced in 2016. When completed at the end of this year, Ivester will add 90.8 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers, or enough wind energy to power more than 38,000 average Iowa homes. . . . Complete story »


July 13, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Fairbank wind turbine owners appeal contempt judgment

FAIRBANK – Three wind turbines east of Fairbank have stopped spinning, but a court battle over their future took another turn this week. A group of wind energy companies have asked the Iowa Supreme Court to intervene after they were found in contempt of court for failing to remove the structures built in violation of county zoning laws. The action filed Wednesday by Mason Wind, Dante Wind 6, Galileo Wind 1 and Venus Wind 4 asks the high court to toss . . . Complete story »


July 9, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine variance granted

After a three-hour public hearing and meeting on Tuesday evening, the Madison County Board of Adjustment voted to grant a height variance to Mid- American Energy for 52 wind turbines proposed for the Earlham area. The variance notes that the turbines proposed would be 494 feet high, which is taller than other turbines in the county. The meeting was attended by around 70 concerned citizens, many of which live near where the proposed Arbor Hills wind farm would go. Citizens . . . Complete story »


July 8, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Tilted turbine transport tangles traffic

Authorities had to redirect traffic from all directions after a large semitrailer carrying a section of a wind turbine tipped over near the intersection of highways 9 and 86. The mishap took place Thursday at approximately 11 a.m. and left the wind turbine segment askew in the southwestern curve of the four-way stop. Southbound traffic from the intersection was blocked, and a sheriff’s deputy directed traffic coming from three directions. A member of the Iowa State Patrol directed northbound traffic . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Board of Adjustment meeting regarding wind turbines is July 3

Madison County’s Board of Adjustment will meet on Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. At that meeting, the Board of Adjustment will consider re-opening the previous public hearing on the wind farm project, to allow additional information to be submitted to the board. According to Environmental Health and Zoning Administrator Jeff Nicholl, his office had received multiple questions about what information could be provided to the board members regarding the proposed wind farm project that was discussed and then tabled . . . Complete story »


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