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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.

February 24, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines temporarily shut down after ice reportedly strikes semi

Alliant Energy shut down some of its turbines in Bent Tree Wind Farm after a report that ice from a turbine struck a semi Thursday on Minnesota Highway 13. The turbines were described by Alliant Energy Spokesman Justin Foss as “select turbines” near Highway 13. The turbines are expected to be inspected this morning as an investigation takes place. Foss, who said such incidents are not common, noted part of the reason why the turbines were temporarily shut down was . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Blazing Star holds public meeting on new wind farm project

HENDRICKS – About 200 Lincoln County area residents attended the public hearing for Blazing Star Wind Farm 2 in Hendricks Tuesday evening. Many of them offered pros and cons on establishing more turbines in the county. Katrina Nelsen was one of the first to get up to speak against the additional turbines. Flicker and sound affects that create health hazards were just some of the features of which she was opposed. The possibility of falling market values on her property was . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Complaint: Ice from Freeborn Co. wind turbine hit semi

Alliant Energy shut down some of its turbines on a Freeborn County wind farm after receiving a complaint. Spokesperson Justin Foss said someone reported ice from a turbine on the Bent Tree Wind Farm hitting a semi-truck on Highway 13. The farm is located in Hartland. Alliant shut down a “few select turbines” as a precaution, according to Foss. Workers will be at the wind farm on Friday to inspect the turbines and investigate. Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • Minnesota, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about. But when a developer sought to put up dozens more of the 400-foot towers in southern Minnesota, hundreds of people in the heart of wind country didn’t celebrate. They fought back, going door-to-door to alert neighbors and . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Those for, against wind farm speak out at forum

Supporters and detractors of the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm discussed their views Tuesday during a public forum at Albert Lea Armory. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing, attended by dozens of community members, was in regards to a planned 200 megawatt wind farm in southeast Freeborn County and north Iowa. Evidentiary hearings for the wind farm are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today and Thursday. Linda Herman, part owner of a third-generation farm in the path of the wind . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hearing opens floor for public commentary

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission opened the floor Tuesday night to hear both sides of the Freeborn Wind Energy Project proposal. “This is a part of building the factual record,” said Invenergy’s Dan Litchfield. “We have a lot of concerns,” Doreen Hansen countered. “The length and depth of the hearing will help get to the bottom of some of these questions,” Dan Litchfield added. The Freeborn Wind Energy project is a proposed 100 turbine wind-farm that would straddle the Iowa . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • Letters, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns over possible wind farm

I live in the proposed wind farm area. I am among the 80 percent in the area who have many concerns. I have had a day care business here for over 20 years. I love my job, my children and their families. I have grave concerns if this would be allowed to go through for my family and my day care business. I have attended the formal meetings here on the siting and the transmission line. I will be attending . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

One Willmar wind turbine could stand still for weeks awaiting replacement part

WILLMAR – The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission last week received an update from staff about problems with Wind Turbine 4. It is inoperable due to a broken hydraulic pitch control board failure, which moves the turbine’s blades. “It would spin out of control, which wouldn’t be a good thing,” said Brian Hoover, power plant foreman, during a report Feb. 12 to the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission. The part cannot be repaired, and a new one could take nearly 14 weeks to . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Company answering to wind farm noise complaints in Faribault County

Dan Moore and some of his neighbors had complained for years about noise from the nearby Big Blue Wind Farm in southern Minnesota. Their grievances went unresolved. So, in an unusual move, Minnesota utility regulators intervened in 2017. They found Big Blue had taken up to three years to address noise problems, including a clunking sound that turned out to be a tool stuck in a wind turbine blade. Regulators found, too, that Big Blue never had its noise protocol . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • Minnesota, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minnesota residents looking to C-K wind experience

A citizen’s group based in Glenville, Minn., has been taking a keen interest in the issues raised over wind farms in Chatham-Kent. Sue Madson, a member of the Association of Freeborn County Landowners, contacted The Chatham Daily News Wednesday requesting news articles about the concerns raised by local residents over the impact of local wind farm projects. She said the 100-member strong citizen group is opposing the planned Freeborn Wind Farm project, part of which is to be located in . . . Complete story »

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