Articles from Iowa
A spokesperson for Blattner Energy–the contracted company building wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy at the North English wind farm in Poweshiek County–confirms a crane operator died as a result of an accident at a construction site.
The Iowa Supreme Court has dealt another blow to three controversial wind energy turbines just east of Fairbank. The high court on Tuesday rejected a request from the turbine developers to review a district court order requiring the structures be removed by Dec. 9.
"I don't want the wind turbines," said Dave. "I just don't want them. My wife's had medical issues and I don't want that creating worse migraines for her, and we like the skyline the way it is and we feel that Madison County hasn't proven that they need the turbines."
District Court Judge John Bauercamper ordered county officials and the wind companies to take steps to demolish the structures, but he put the order on hold while companies appealed his decision, subject to the posting of a $450,000 bond to cover removal costs. ...On June 12, Bauercamper issued his contempt ruling, noting in part the $450,000 bond was never filed.
DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided to again revise a proposed ordinance governing wind towers at Monday’s meeting.
Two former employees of TPI Composites, which makes wind turbine blades, are suing the company after improper protection from the fiberglass caused them to get sick and then fired when they couldn't work with the chemicals any more. Iowa OSHA has issued $154,524 in fines.
KEOKUK, IA — Three wind turbines impacted the Des Moines River Bridge in Keokuk Saturday morning just after 6:30 a.m.
The action filed by attorney John Holmes details numerous reasons Youngblut believes the board’s action violated provisions of the zoning ordinance. Those include failure to provide unique and compelling evidence to rezone high-value agricultural land; failing to provide proper signed lease agreements with landowners; and excluding a definition of shadow flicker caused by turbine blades.
The MidAmerican Energy Co. is investigating the cause of the Thursday night fire in a wind turbine in Boone County near Beaver.
A group of companies operating the turbines just east of Fairbank have asked Fayette County District Court to reconsider a 2016 order declaring the structures were built in violation of zoning laws and must be torn down.
The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a wind energy company previously told to remove three turbines near Fairbank. ...It leaves in place District Court Judge John Bauercamper’s ruling that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables must take down the three 445-foot turbines they built in 2016 for an estimated $11 million.
DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the wording in a proposed wind tower ordinance at Monday’s meeting.
The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday morning to appoint Diane Depken to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Della Cafaro on the five-member Board of Adjustment. Depken was part of a 3-2 board majority later that night in voting to approve a special permit for the 35-turbine wind farm.
The Waterloo council chambers were packed beyond capacity for the public hearing. Opponents, who vastly outnumbered supporters at the hearing, shouted their disapproval at commission members after the 11 p.m. final vote.
Opponents of the project, organized as Cedar Valley Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy, mostly live in the southern part of the county and have voiced a number of concerns about its impact on their health and property values.
“Regardless of where one stands on pork, oil, or wind, we should all agree that it’s wrong to ignore the voices of rural Iowans in order to export our resources to distant ports ...While a handful of landowners are making money leasing their land for turbines, monopoly control of wind is wreaking havoc on rural landscapes and the people who live and farm there.
“We want to share a little bit about our story and the impacts we believe they have never or will never address,” he added. “It isn’t as rosy as the turbine people like to make it out, and the impact is real.”
A proposed wind farm in rural Madison County has been put on hold by the board of commissioners after residents expressed concerns.