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Wind Power News: Minnesota


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.

May 14, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners challenge Dodge County wind project

A massive wind farm project is in the works in Dodge, Steele and Mower county. The project is an approximate $400 million investment for the counties. NextEra Energy is planning to build a wind farm with 79 wind turbines south of Claremont and a 27 mile long transmission from Claremont to east of Sargeant. The project would bring in 400 construction jobs and between $970,000 – $1,180,000 in annual production taxes. But not everybody is onboard with the project. “If . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Dodge County Wind Project met with contention from landowners

An energy company is looking to build a wind farm and additional facilities in Dodge, Steele and Mower county to increase renewable energy. Tuesday, The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce hosted a public information meeting in Kasson to share a bit more information on the project. it’s called the Dodge County Wind Project. The project would bring 260 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to the area. The wind farm would be built just south of . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Lyon Co. hears Avangrid wind farm proposal

MARSHALL – Energy company Avangrid Renewables is in the process of acquiring land for a proposed wind project that would affect parts of Yellow Medicine and Lyon counties, Lyon County commissioners learned this week. A representative of Avangrid spoke about the proposal during the county board’s Tuesday meeting. Jesse Bermel of Avangrid Renewables told commissioners that the company is acquiring leases for land that could be used to build wind turbines. “We’ve been in the county a few months now,” Bermel . . . Complete story »

April 29, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Dodge County Wind proposing turbine project for 2023

A new wind turbine project could be coming to Dodge, Mower and Steele counties this time next year. Dodge County Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy based in Jupiter, Fla., has proposed a 259 megawatt powered wind farm that will stretch through the three counties. The wind farm would have up to 79 turbines that with heights up to 486.5 feet tall. The proposed turbine project is still in the early stages of development. Will Seuffet, executive secretary of . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Box Car Wind touts ‘generational opportunity’

More than 100 landowners and potential stakeholders gathered at The Caboose in Tracy last Tuesday for a meal and, more importantly, much-needed information pertaining to the proposed Box Car Wind wind farm between Tracy and Balaton. The meeting – a sales pitch of sorts to local landowners – was as much about what the company behind the wind farm has given back to the community than it was about facts, figures and projections. “This is an exciting process,” said Sean Stocker, director . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2022 • Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa regulators deny requests to halt construction of controversial power line

Iowa utility regulators say work can continue on a power line between Dubuque and Middleton despite a court order blocking the Mississippi River crossing. The Iowa Utilities Board on Tuesday denied petitions by power line opponents who sought to halt construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project in light of a federal judge’s ruling that it could not cross the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Opponents argued that without the crossing the line cannot fulfill its purpose of . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Area briefs: PUC holding public meetings for wind project in Dodge, Mower counties

KASSON – The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will hold a pair of in-person meetings and one remote meeting concerning a proposed project by Dodge County Wind, LLC, a company planning a wind energy project in Dodge, Mower and Steele counties. The meeting will focus on a Certificate of Need, a Site Permit, and a Route Permit for the up to 259-megawatt large wind energy conversion system and associated 161-kilovolt transmission line in Dodge, Mower and Steele counties. In-person meetings will be . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine spins again near Hewitt

At first plans were to build 12 more turbines by 2008. Than the plan expanded to 22 units. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission authorized the construction and issued a permit that was set to expire in 2039. Even so, with no action taken since May 2009, the permit was revoked in September 2014. Developers said in 2013 that they no longer planned to pursue the project. Complete story »

March 1, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Murray County wind turbine upgrades get PUC approval

MARSHALL – A project to replace 65 existing wind turbines in western Murray County will be moving forward. On Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a 120 megawatt project by Northern Wind Energy Redevelopment, LLC. The Northern Wind project will replace turbines in two existing wind farms, the Chanarambie and Viking projects. The existing turbines would be replaced with a total of 45 new turbines that are larger and more efficient, the PUC said. A summary of the project said . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project touted as potential economic driver for area cities

Although the timelines are not set in stone, the City of Tracy will likely be flanked by not one, but two wind farms in the near future. With plans in the works for a wind farm to be built to the east of town, another clean energy undertaking – Box Car Wind – is in the planning stages to the west, straddling the Lyon-Murray County line. Drew Christensen, public engagement manager for Apex Clean Energy, said Xcel Energy would be a customer . . . Complete story »

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