Articles from Iowa
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.
As the O’Brien County Assessment of Wind Energy Conversion Property ordinance requires, MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC) recently reported to the assessor’s office the final net acquisition cost figure for the recently completed and commissioned O’Brien Wind Energy Project located in northern O’Brien County along Highway 18 near Sanborn.
"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.”
A semi-trailer with the message “Stop RICL” sits in a field near Highway 20 approximately a mile east of Dike. The company behind the proposed transmission line recently announced that it is withdrawing its application for a franchise permit in Iowa while it awaits a legal challenge in Illinois.
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.”
Rock Island Clean Line withdrew its petition Thursday seeking permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to build an electric transmission line across Iowa — a move that the project's opponents hailed as a victory for state landowners.
Clean Line Energy Partners announced Thursday it is withdrawing its application to the Iowa Utilities Board to construct a transmission line across the state pending a court challenge to the project in Illinois.
The energy company has faced 4 years of fierce legal opposition led by the Illinois Landowners Alliance, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and ComEd. Clean Line Energy learned Nov. 23 of the high court’s decision to review the appellate court’s ruling. The company maintains that the project would bring low-cost clean energy, hundreds of good jobs, and revenue for communities in the project areas.
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.
A man working on the construction of a wind turbine near Huxley has died after he fell at least 40 feet inside the turbine, officials with the Story County Sheriff’s Office said.
Last month, a bald eagles’ nest on the property of Mary Katzer in rural western Grundy County vanished after almost four years, and because of the effect that it would have had on the yet to be constructed Ivester Wind Farm, the recent news has received attention from residents and conservation authorities alike.
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.
The Muscatine County Board of Supervisors tabled action Monday on a proposed wind energy ordinance to give county officials more time to prepare regulations involving protection of farmland and county roads.
The planning and zoning commission is now in the process of writing up a recommendationon whether to keep the ordinance, change it to make the rules stricter or completely scrap the ordinance to ensure that no new projects are allowed.
The bill passed on a 63 to 33 vote. Representative Vicki Lensing of Iowa City was among the Democrats who joined with Republicans to pass the bill. “I support jobs. I support economic development, but this is a private company coming in, wanting exceptions at the expense of private land owners.”
“We know of multiple individuals across Iowa who have 150-foot towers being contemplated to be built within 200 feet of their homes. To have that hanging over their heads year after year after year … is not something we believe is fair to Iowans.”