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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.
The survey found that about 72 percent of respondents were favorable to wind projects, yet about 66 percent of rural residents said they were unlikely to want to host a wind farm on their property. Primary concerns included the visual impact, noise associated with turbines and shadow flicker — when rotating blades cast intermittent shadows — or ice throw.
Information that will be shelved by the mainstream Democrat liberal media is that in rural Iowa where the wind sweeps across the prairie three massive 450-foot high wind turbines are being torn down because their constant noise disrupted the townspeople.
Washburn Wind Energy, based in DeSoto, had been required to begin construction within one year under a controversial special permit the Board of Adjustment approved April 24. The company asked for the extension noting a lawsuit filed by neighboring farmer Harold Youngblut, that challenges the legality of the special permit, was still being litigated in Black Hawk County District Court.
Some would argue there has never been a more controversial issue in Palo alto County as wind energy. What began as a way to protect the rights of citizens, landowners and the environment in the county, has turned into a legal war.
Julie Kuntz, a Grafton-area farmer who is a member of Concerned Residents of Worth County, opposes the wind turbines, noting the impact on farmland and the noise they cause for local farmers. "We could make a lot of money signing up for this, but at a cost," Kuntz argued. "I’m contacting every landowner to give them information and polling them as I go, and I’m finding overwhelmingly that local farm owners are opposing this."
DEXTER, Ia. — The battle playing out over a second crop of wind turbines that MidAmerican Energy is proposing near this small town is like many playing out across Iowa and the nation.
"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."
DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided to again revise a proposed ordinance governing wind towers at Monday’s meeting.
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.
“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 citizen’s group based in Glenville, Minn., has been taking a keen interest in the issues raised over wind farms in Chatham-Kent.
Almost 200 employees at the Siemens manufacturing plant in Fort Madison lost their jobs over the last two days in a round of layoffs. ...Elsewhere, Siemens announced in August 2017 the layoff of 140 workers at a plant in Hutchinson, Kansas ...Also last summer, the company closed a 340-worker turbine blade manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada.
Expansion of wind-generated electricity continues to run into opposition in rural Iowa.