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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.


November 22, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Nearly 470 sign wind farm petition

Nearly 470 people have reportedly signed a petition expressing their opposition to the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm project in southeast Freeborn County. Representing the Association of Freeborn County Landowners, Doreen Hanson presented the petition Tuesday to the Freeborn County Board of Commissioners. Hanson said landowners and residents expressed their opposition to the project based on concerns regarding electromagnetic currents, noise, light flicker, possible loss of on-air signals and other possible impacts from the turbines. “Our objective is to see the . . . Complete story »


November 22, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm opponents present petition

It’s a proposal that has generated concerns among many residents across a wide swath of Freeborn County. The latest chapter of the story was written on Tuesday morning. “I’m here to present a petition” Shell Rock Township resident Dorenne Hansen told members of the Freeborn county board. “The petition was presented for the association of Freeborn county landowners with 469 signatures” added Shell Rock Township resident Stephanie Richter. The petition put those land-owners on-record as being against the Freeborn wind-energy . . . Complete story »


November 17, 2017 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project in southern Minnesota gets pushback

GLENVILLE, Minn. – The vista from Dorenne Hansen’s kitchen window features corn and soybean fields specked with barns and tree groves. It may also one day include three wind turbine towers and a power line – not if she can help it, though. Hansen and other residents are fighting to stop the Freeborn Wind project in Freeborn County south of Albert Lea. “I want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers,” she . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company agrees to changes; EDF tells County Board it will make some adjustments to plans

Conflicting points of view regarding the placement of new wind turbines were exchanged during the last County Board meeting on Nov. 7. On one hand, Faribault County residents such as Johanna Hocker are staunchly opposed to the Oza Tanka Wind Project. Hocker voiced her concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting. “I just want to state the fact that I am 100 percent totally against the wind turbine program. There are a number of my neighbors that are . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm stirs debate

BLUE EARTH – Faribault County commissioners heard from both sides of the wind turbine debate at their meeting on Tuesday. The Oza Tanka Wind Project is a plan by EDF Renewable Energy to install 80 to 100 wind turbines within 18,000 to 20,000 acres in Barber Township. With construction set to begin in the spring of 2020, EDF is working with landowners to participate in the project. Participation is voluntary, with landowners compensated based on acreage and wind power. At least . . . Complete story »


October 13, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Is wind power living up to potential?

ST. PAUL – Wind power is not living up to promises its Minnesota backers made, a conservative think tank said Tuesday, the same day the federal government began peeling back rules that discouraged coal-fired power plants. The report written for the Center of the American Experiment concluded that Minnesota has lost is lower-than-average electricity cost, carbon dioxide is not dropping as state policy intended and more than $10 billion has been spent on wind farms that do not save money or . . . Complete story »


October 9, 2017 • Minnesota, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel Energy may split subsidiary for Minnesota, North Dakota

Xcel Energy has proposed splitting its utility operations in North Dakota and Minnesota, telling regulators that widening policy differences between the two states over clean energy have caused stresses that might best be resolved through a breakup. But a consultant for the North Dakota Public Service Commission is arguing against the separation, saying there would be “no long-term benefits” for North Dakota, only a “substantial likelihood” of higher costs for customers. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has long had a single subsidiary . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Are more wind towers coming?

A windpower company wants to invest about $300 million into Faribault County, and erect between 80 and 100 large wind towers in Barber Township. And, while some of the residents seem to be embracing the idea, one group is opposed and is posting anti–wind tower signs in the area. Representatives from EDF Renewable Energy held a meeting in Delavan on Sept. 20 to explain just what the scope of the project would be. They invited landowners who are in the . . . Complete story »


September 22, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Meeting held to discuss wind farm project

The Freeborn Wind Energy Project remains controversial locally, as the state gathers information about the planned wind farm. Dozens of community members on Wednesday – a majority expressing opposition to the proposed project – packed a lecture hall at Riverland Community College. Public comments were gathered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce during the nearly six-hour meeting that was part of contested case proceedings regarding the planned project. Wendell Nelson, chief engineer and operations manager for KAAL, expressed concern about the possible . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2017 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm meeting brings out critics, supporters

A proposed project would see the construction of 100 wind turbines, spread over two counties in two states. The farm would be built in Freeborn County, Minn. and Worth County, Iowa. On Wednesday, residents on the Minnesota side of the border had their say in whether the project should move forward. Because of the size of the proposed Freeborn Wind Energy Project, the decision of whether to issue a permit falls to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. And part of . . . Complete story »


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