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The project still needs to go before the boards of adjustment in the two counties to obtain necessary conditional use permits before being finalized. The Dickinson County Board of Adjustment will hold a hearing on the matter July 24th.
The document attached to this page is a memorandum of lease signed between Apex Clean Energy Inc and landowners in Clay County Iowa. The lease paves the way for the Upland Prairie wind facility to be constructed in Clay county and neighboring Dickinson County. The project, which will consist of 121 turbines (300 MW total), is now owned and under construction by Cedar Rapids-based Alliant Energy, one of Iowa's largest utilities. TO access the full lease document click the document link. on this page.
The Office of Consumer Advocate, part of the Iowa attorney general's office, said MidAmerican is unfairly benefiting by seeking to pass through to ratepayers $3.7 million in costs for producing wind energy when wholesale energy prices are negative while keeping the associated federal production tax credits.
"They are unsightly," the farmer said of the turbines in his backyard. "When I am driving down my lane at night, all I see is blinking red lights. It is just horrible." "And the sound they make. Every night I lose an hour of sleep from these suckers. My doctor gave me a pill, but it ain't (expletive) helping."
Iowa landowners are being presented with a proposal for signing or not signing a wind turbine leasement (a combination of a lease and an easement).
I am writing in response to the article on wind turbines near Hudson in the Dec. 27 Courier, and the subsequent editorial in the Jan. 4 edition. Both articles quote the RPMA representative saying “the design hasn’t happened yet, we don’t know where the turbines are going to be.”
Opponents worry the large turbines would hurt their property values; kill bats and birds, including eagles spotted in the area; throw ice from the blades; and even cause human health issues due to low-frequency noise, motion and shadow flicker. “Black Hawk County is prime agricultural ground,” Nieman added. “Wind turbines should be on ground that is not productive.”
The Fayette County Board of Adjustment and its administrator acted illegally when they allowed a wind energy company to build three industrial scale turbines in an agricultural zone outside of Fairbank.
Public officials must stop gearing energy policy around the promise of guaranteed profits for well-connected energy investors like Warren Buffett. This hits average Americans once in their taxes and twice in higher electricity bills, which raises the prices on goods and services as well as utilities.
The Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees is considering its options for a set of three wind turbines southeast of town. The turbines, which have not been in operation since November.
ALGONA – The Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees discussed the plan to remove three zoned 750kW wind turbines in Kossuth County at its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, July 27.
Joe Larson, who represented the landowners, said the setbacks should be 2,650 feet from a residence and 1,500 feet from a property line, “similar to a hog confinement.” ...The supervisors said the concerns were valid, but they were not ready to take action.
Two Apex Clean Energy representatives approached the Clay County Board of Supervisors last week to discuss the company's proposed Upland Prairie Wind project.
Maintenance issues have plagued the project over the last few years. Today, the owners are faced with repair costs of up to $100,000 to keep the turbines in operation.
A proposed wind farm in Palo Alto County was a main concern during the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, November 17. Several local area farmers as well as representatives from Steier Ag Aviation were on hand to discuss concerns over how a wind farm could potentially affect area farmers.
Officials estimate the equipment should generate $12,000-$14,000 annually, but has earned far less due to mechanical breakdowns. Instead, it's generated about $4,050 in total profits over the past five years, Crozier said.
A third planning workshop on wind turbine placement rules in Lincoln County saw supporters and opponents using students as ammunition for their arguments Tuesday night in Canton.
“The windmills were a generous gift that served us well for a decade,” said Superintendent Steve Gray. “The first 10 years, they made us money; the last 10 years we’ve gotten as much out of them as we’ve put in; if we keep them 10 more years, they will turn into a money pit and run us a deficit.”
Alliant Energy, which serves the college, said it likely would have to curtail much of the project’s energy production because another wind developer had applied for an interconnection agreement first. The combined production, according to Alliant, likely would overload the local distribution circuit.
Continued growth of wind energy in Iowa places it ahead of other states in meeting a proposed rule that would require existing power plants to cut carbon emissions, a leader with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.