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Adams wind energy project moves forward

A new wind energy project was introduced to officials and Mower County residents Tuesday night at the Mower County Planning Commission meeting

The commission members unanimously recommended allowing Horizon Energy to proceed with an environmental assessment for a proposed wind farm, beginning with construction of a 161 kv high voltage transmission line.

The line will connect to power produced by the proposed High Prairie wind farm from a substation to the Adams substation.
Tuesday night’s public hearing was the first step among many to be taken in the process.

The county commissioners’ meeting room was nearly filled to capacity by a large number citizens — mainly from Clayton, Lodi, Grand Meadow and Bennington townships — who wanted to learn more about the proposed project.

Daryl W. Franklin, county planner and zoning administrator, gave the staff report. “This is only the first step in a long process,” Franklin said. “It started with Zihlka Energy a few years ago before being taken over by Horizon Energy.”

“When everything is in place, they will still have to return for a conditional use permit,” Franklin said.

Wood versus steel poles

Robert Crowell, director of development for Horizon Energy, described the proposal.

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The commission members unanimously recommended allowing Horizon Energy to proceed with an environmental assessment for a proposed wind farm, beginning with construction of a 161 kv high voltage transmission line.

The line will connect to power produced by the proposed High Prairie wind farm from a substation to the Adams substation.
Tuesday night’s public hearing was the first step among many to be taken in the process.

The county commissioners’ meeting room was nearly filled to capacity by a large number citizens — mainly from Clayton, Lodi, Grand Meadow and Bennington townships — who wanted to learn more about the proposed project.

Daryl W. Franklin, county planner and zoning administrator, gave the staff report. “This is only the first step in a long process,” Franklin said. “It started with Zihlka Energy a few years ago before being taken over by Horizon Energy.”

“When everything is in place, they will still have to return for a conditional use permit,” Franklin said.

Wood versus steel poles

Robert Crowell, director of development for Horizon Energy, described the proposal.

The proposed transmission line will be 8 miles long, but its specific route from the location of the wind turbines to the Adams substation along Highway 56 is still unknown.

Crowell distributed a two-and-a-half-page handout detailing the information Horizon Energy must gather for the environmental assessment.

It process is similar to that pursued by Garwin McNeiluis, Dodge Center, who was the first to develop wind turbines in Mower County and now has 14 erected in Adams Township south of the community.

The questions were few, when citizens were allowed to speak at the hearing. “Why are you proposing overhead transmission lines rather than underground?” asked one citizen. Crowell’s response was that the length of the proposed transmission line and the cost of wood poles versus steel made overhead a better choice for the company.

“It will help us to keep the power affordable,” her said.

Kirchner makes motion to approve

Margaret Kirchner, Sargeant, a commission member who saw the Great River Energy project unfold in her Sargeant-Dexter township area and a transmission line erected from the Pleasant Valley power plant east to the city of Austin, made the motion to recommend approval. Jim Risius, Brownsdale, seconded it.

The commission members voted 5-0 to approve the Horizon Energy request to proceed with the environmental assessment.

The planning commission’s recommendation goes before the Mower County Board at a 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, public hearing.

Source: http://www.austindailyheral...

DEC 21 2005
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