Sometime this century, world oil production likely will reach its peak as developing economies gulp a finite supply at an ever-increasing rate. Some experts think that Iowa could be a leader in producing the world’s next generation of fuels, transforming the state’s abundant natural and agricultural resources into fossil-fuel replacements. In “Fueling Iowa’s Future,” an occasional series of special reports during 2006, the Register’s editorial-page staff will examine the potential for Iowa to lead the renewable-fuels revolution and address the public-policy questions that such an undertaking would pose. REGISTER EDITORIAL BOARD
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's largest energy company plans to double its wind-generated electricity and has state approval to eventually nearly triple its output.
A California-based energy company is planning a wind-farm in eastern Crawford and western Carroll counties. Tom Fieler is in charge of Midwest development for Clipper Windpower. Fieler says it's one of the oldest, most established companies in the wind industry and is the only one in the U.S. that manufactures wind turbines, builds windfarms, and then does the operations and maintenance.
Officials in Crawford County are offering a warm welcome to windpower, and a proposal to build more than a hundred generators. Crawford County Zoning Administrator Duane Zenk says they've cleared the way for some zoning changes in rural areas near Schleswig and Ricketts at the request of a developer.
Crawford County's board of adjustment has approved a special exception to allow the construction of up to 120 wind turbine towers in three townships, through a Heartland Wind LLC/PPM Energy project.
MASON CITY, Iowa — Windmills are sprouting on hillsides across the Midwest, but this city is encouraging the use of electricity-producing wind turbines everywhere — even in homeowners' backyards.
MASON CITY — The City Council will act on a second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would allow zoning for windmills anywhere in Mason City.
Doug Harr of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says they're trying to develop a map showing areas of concern relating to wildlife that could be used when siting proposed wind turbines.
Two electrical workers were treated and released at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center last week after they were rescued following a fire at one of the MidAmerican Energy turbines just south of Schaller.