Articles from Iowa
Page County is the latest to deal with the controversy involving wind turbines in the state. By unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the county's board of supervisors approved an ordinance designed to--quote--"promote the public health, safety, comfort and general welfare" regarding turbines.
Technologies exist that can be built into the turbine. Although they are used in Canada, Denmark and Sweden, Hu said the U.S. wind industry has found them to be cost-prohibitive.... blades can incorporate a material that conducts electricity that can prevent icing by warming the blade. He said the cost for the power amounts to roughly 5% of the energy a turbine might typically produce.
For the first time in Iowa, a county has enacted a moratorium on installing new wind turbines.
To date, the county has spent $22,725 on lawyers for work related to the Expedition Wind project since National Renewable Solutions purchased the project from an earlier developer. The county spent $2,973 on legal expenses with the earlier developer. County clerk Tina Spencer said Expedition has reimbursed the county $16,600 of those expenses.
Renewable energy remains a polarizing issue. Political and customer pressure has power companies moving renewables to the “front burner.” ...However, the harvest has ranged from “good times” to “buyer’s remorse.”
Renewable energy in Iowa hit new headwinds Tuesday as Madison County supervisors passed the state's first moratorium on new wind turbine installations and Adair County leaders said they were considering capping the number of turbines in their county, effectively stopping new construction. Madison County supervisors voted 2-1 to approve their moratorium, which also applies to new solar energy installations.
DES MOINES — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a habitat conservation plan proposed by MidAmerican Energy as the best solution to help preserve certain bat and eagle species at company wind farms.
Alliant Energy is proposing a 25 percent increase on the base rate line item on customer’s energy bills over two years. ...Alliant Energy said the rate increase will help the company make investments in wind energy.
Converting agricultural and wildlife areas to the use of industrial wind turbines irreversibly destroys it. It is a debt of destruction. The construction of industrial wind turbines affects aquifers, water flow, tile lines, soil erosion, soil compaction, air pressure and current. In essence, it is destruction of the best soil in the world, the farmland that the generations before us were proud of and left for us to feed the world with.
Today, a reading in Madison County will help decide whether wind and solar energy projects will be delayed.
NEWTON, Iowa – One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday in an accident at a wind tower manufacturing plant in Newton.
A College-owned fifty-kilowatt wind turbine at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) sustained a direct lightning strike and is currently inoperable. One of the three blades shattered, and Facilities Management (FM) found the pieces on the ground. The damage occurred on the night of September 8.
The Madison County Board of Supervisors has scaled back the duration of its proposed moratorium on new wind turbines. The board voted to end the moratorium on October 1st of next year, rather than on January 1, 2022.
On Tuesday, the Madison County Board of Supervisors heard public comment as they look into a moratorium on certain renewable energy construction. The moratorium the Madison County Board of Supervisors is considering would stop construction of all wind turbines and commercial solar energy systems in Madison County until January 1 2022, excluding projects approved before January 1 of this year.
Winterset resident Alan Lange told the board he supports clean energy systems like wind farms, but he thinks the county needs more time to study their effects. "I do think that it’s time to take a step back and consider the concerns that the community has brought forth. I don’t feel that we are in a rush to develop our countryside into clean energy," Lange said.
County supervisor Phil Clifton, who announced that he has terminated his easement with MidAmerican Energy to place a wind turbine on property he owns, suggested a four- to six-month moratorium. Supervisor Diane Fitch indicated she could be cajoled into a moratorium of perhaps 18 months, while Chairman Aaron Price said he would like to see more than six months, but not 18 months or two years. In the end, officials agreed to impose a moratorium until Oct. 1, 2020.
Reynolds said permits for wind turbine towers are issued by local, not state officials. “This is something that local governments will be deciding,” Reynolds said. “They’re the ones that grant them and can make the decision not to.”
Kevin de Regnier, a Winterset doctor and health board chairman, said Tuesday that a board member referred to the wrong study in making the recommendation. But it was understandable after reading "hundreds of pages" of reports over about eight months. "The board took this very seriously," de Regnier said. "It was done with great study, significant public input and scientific study.
The Iowa County Board of Supervisors voted down a new ordinance that would regulate wind energy. This comes after months of debate over constructing wind turbines in the county. ...After being voted down, the board will now have to rewrite those regulations. Representatives from MidAmerican and Invenergy offered a warning if the ordinance proves restrictive.
"Resolved that the Madison County Board of Health determines that there is the potential for negative health affects associated with commercial wind turbines and that current setbacks are inadequate to protect the public health," said Madison County Public Health in a statement to Channel 13.