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Winnebago board to review wind turbine setbacks

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.
24 Jun 2016

Proposed wind farm raises concerns

A proposed wind farm in Palo Alto County was a main concern during the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, November 17. Several local area farmers as well as representatives from Steier Ag Aviation were on hand to discuss concerns over how a wind farm could potentially affect area farmers.
24 Nov 2015

Nevada’s wind turbines no longer making cents

“The windmills were a generous gift that served us well for a decade,” said Superintendent Steve Gray. “The first 10 years, they made us money; the last 10 years we’ve gotten as much out of them as we’ve put in; if we keep them 10 more years, they will turn into a money pit and run us a deficit.”
29 Apr 2015

Gov. Branstad taps new chair for Iowa Utilities Board

MidAmerican vice president Dave Caris said executives recently met with Branstad to criticize the board's decision to require that MidAmerican pay $2 million annually to electric customers as part of a project to add 67 turbines in Adams and O'Brien counties. He said the company told Branstad that the decision wasn't "a balanced outcome," unlike eight prior wind projects approved by the board.
11 Mar 2015

Iowa college’s wind energy dream runs into grid reality

Alliant Energy, which serves the college, said it likely would have to curtail much of the project’s energy production because another wind developer had applied for an interconnection agreement first. The combined production, according to Alliant, likely would overload the local distribution circuit.
27 Oct 2014

TIFing at windmills: a political hot potato in N.W. Iowa

When Al Brueggeman agreed to allow two wind turbines on his high ground, it was with the promise of tax relief from a $207 million wind farm that now juts from the landscape in far northwest Iowa. But six years after 60 turbines began whirring, the farmer learned Osceola County leaders have been discretely plotting to use that money elsewhere for the next 20 years.
21 Sep 2014

Committee not a fan of wind turbines

The Plan & Zoning Commission voted unanimously Thursday, with the exception of two absent members, against a recommendation to the Board of Adjustment of approval for a special use permit for placing two 445 ft. wind turbines in city limits. ...Stephen Troskey, city planner, said he was worried about potential buyers in that area. "I think there is a well documented decrease in value for those areas around," Troskey said. "I think that's too big of a risk to take with this area of town and such a large structure."
13 Dec 2013

Questions wind farm support

"Government subsidies to new wind farms have only made the industry less focused on reducing cost. In turn, the industry produces a product that isn't as efficient or cheap as it might be if we focused less on working the political system and more on research and development."
26 Oct 2013
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