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.
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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.