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Sibley Wind project permits to be pulled

“We respectfully request our permit for the Sibley Wind Project be canceled while we work out a solution that will meet everyone's requirements relating to avian studies on the project,” wrote Steve Estes, president of Star Distributed Energy, in a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission. Star controls Sibley Wind Substation LLC, the project developer.
3 Aug 2016

Eagle nest puts brakes on Xcel Energy wind turbines

Flowers noted the turbines will remain inactive throughout the summer while the flight pattern of the eagles continues to be monitored by the state. However, it's possible to curtail more turbines if necessary. Xcel won't know for sure until the fledglings leave the nest, possibly around late October, and if the eagles choose to continue returning to the nest. Around that time, the company may apply for a permit to remove or relocate the nest — known as an Eagle Take Permit — but as of now, it's a waiting game.
16 May 2016

Threat to eagles shut down 3

In addition to idling the turbines closest to the nest through the summer, Xcel Energy plans to pursue a federal Eagle Take Permit that would protect the utility from liability in the event of an eagle death, according to an April 14 letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
12 May 2016

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission examines turbine noise complaint

Bent_tree_commerce_to_mpuc_4-11-2016_thumb Phase I of the Bent Tree Wind Project began operation in January 2012. The project consists of 122 Vestas V82/1650 (1.65 MW, diameter 82 m) turbines for a total installed capacity of 201.3 megawatts. Noise complaints were filed by at least two landowners since September 2015. Staff for the Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA)  unit of the MN Department of Commerce examined the complaints and believe the complaints are both Unresolved and Substantial. In this letter with supporting documentation, EERA staff recommended the MN Public Utilities Commission initiate the process for addressing the complaint. The letter to the PUC is provided below. The full letter with documentation can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
10 Apr 2016

Amid pushback, Minnesota solar developers expand stray voltage testing

Developers of a Minnesota community solar garden have agreed to test for stray voltage on neighboring properties, a nod to opponents that could have implications for other projects. The Winona County Board of Commissioners recently approved two 5 megawatt (MW) community solar projects with the caveat. Jeffrey Broberg, a consultant to the project developer SolarStone Partners, said the agreement is “unprecedented”.
3 Feb 2016

Illegal wind turbine leaves green energy entrepreneur spinning in jail

Nygard was sentenced to six months for not complying with a previous court order to remove the base. Over the weekend, his family finished the court-ordered job, hoping to spring their patriarch. Even though they took it down, the family insists there was nothing wrong with putting the towering, 750-pound turbine, which was fixed atop a galvanized pole, so close to the neighbors' home. “That was the best place to harvest the wind on our property. We don't have a very big property. I don't know where else we could have put it.”
7 Oct 2015

Juhl Energy files SEC paperwork to suspend reporting obligations

Citing significant costs but limited benefit, Pipestone, Minn.-based Juhl Energy filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to de-register its common stock and suspend its reporting obligations. The company says it will still trade publicly but via OTC Pink - an exchange that does not have any reporting requirements. In Wall Street parlance, so-called "pink sheets" get their name from an earlier paper-based system that printed on pink paper.
25 Sep 2015

Sibley Wind Substation, Comfrey Wind Energy permits revoked

Both Sibley Wind Substation, planned for southwest of Winthrop, and Comfrey Wind Energy, planned for west of Comfrey, saw their licenses from the Public Utilities Commission revoked. ...Comfrey Wind had been granted two extensions and sought to be covered by the federal Production Tax Credit, so began some construction before the end of 2014. But the state Department of Commerce said construction came before some compliance filings with the commission.
1 Sep 2015

Wind turbine owner forces statewide review of utilities' tacked-on fees

Now, the worry by Miller and other renewable energy advocates is that anyone considering solar or wind power won’t invest until it’s clear what, if any, extra fees they’ll have to pay their utility. ...The fears of fees as high as $85 stem from an Iowa cooperative utility’s proposal to significantly increase charges to customers who install new solar or wind generators.
13 Aug 2015

Sibley Wind project permits to be pulled

Sibley-wind-20157-112929-01_thumb Sibley Wind Substation, which had begun utility work for its 10-turbine wind power project, is now asking to withdraw its permits from county and state governments. The memo submitted to the MN PUC can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.
2 Aug 2015

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Minnesota&p=3
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