Minnesota appeals court throws out county obstacles to Goodhue wind project
Despite the support from the courts, though, the Goodhue Wind Project is at a standstill.
The PUC in February rejected a plan by the company, AWA Goodhue Wind LLC, to monitor and protect eagles and bats around the proposed 32,700-acre site.
June 25, 2012
by Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
in Pioneer Press
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by Goodhue County to impose stricter setback rules on a proposed wind-energy farm, leaving decisions on locating the giant wind turbines in the hands of the state Public Utilities Commission.
The decision, handed down Monday, June 25, removed a potentially crippling hurdle for the AWA Goodhue Wind Project, which has been battling vocal opposition from some county residents.
However, the project is stalled due to other regulatory problems.
The court upheld the state-issued site permit for the 78-megawatt Goodhue Wind Project, which proposes to build 50 turbines in rural Goodhue County.... [continue via Web link]