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Since before April 27, the Crawford County Board of Supervisors has been discussing greater setback distances for wind turbine towers to lower the noise levels and reduce the flicker effect caused by the turbine blades. August 27 is the date on which the supervisors’ moratorium on new wind turbine construction went into effect, and now the supervisors are facing a quickly-approaching July 1 expiration date to the moratorium.
STUART, Iowa — In Adair County, MidAmerican Energy is investigating an incident where one of its workers got stuck in a blade of a wind turbine.
The Crawford County Board of Supervisors continued their discussion of wind turbines in Crawford County during their Tuesday meeting. On April 27, the supervisors enacted a temporary moratorium on the construction of new wind turbine towers.
GRUNDY CENTER- At a packed meeting conducted inside the third floor courtroom to accommodate the overflow crowd, the Grundy County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to implement a moratorium on wind farm construction in response to an Invenergy proposal to construct a project in the northeast part of the county.
The Worth County Board of Supervisors passed a "temporary moratorium" on commercial wind projects in the county on Monday, though it's unclear what effect it will have on an ongoing project.
What he found there — using drones to photograph blades after up to 30 hours of exposure to cold and wet conditions similar to those Texas faced — was that ice almost a foot thick built up near the tips of blades and reduced power production up to 80%. Hu explained that ice can negatively affect a wind turbine in more than one way.
The nation might be bitterly divided over politics, Stancil said in an email to the Des Moines Register, but opposition to additional wind development in is "decidedly bipartisan" in Madison County, which sits on the edge of the Des Moines metro and is best known for its picturesque covered bridges. In 2019, the supervisors passed a year-long moratorium on new solar and wind development that ended last October.
Following a lengthy discussion Monday night, the Page County Board of Health took no action on a proposal to place a moratorium on wind turbine development in the county.
The proposed Salt Creek Wind Farm project in Tama County made significant steps toward becoming a reality recently.
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors recently denied a request from Con Edison for variances on a proposed wind turbine project. The project calls for three wind turbines along driveways from 230th Street in Prairie Township. The turbines would be connected with an underground collection line that follows east along 230th Street to 167th Avenue.
With the year 2020 coming to a close, KMA News presents "Project 2020," a series of reports looking back at the top local and regional news stories of the past year. Today's segment features a look at the issue of wind turbines in Page County.
Shenandoah -- It's no stretch to say the future of wind energy production in Page County is at stake in Tuesday's general elections.
MidAmerican Energy, has idled more than 40 wind turbines at Iowa wind farms after a 50 metre-long turbine blade broke off and fell into a field last week. ...“The turbine that had the blade failure last week is the same type of turbine that had a blade failure last month in Adair Countym” he said. “They also had the same type of lightning system in them that channels lightning from a strike near a wind turbine blade down into the ground safely.
MidAmerican Energy says it has idled nearly four-dozen electricity-generating wind turbines while workers check them for safety after blades broke off of two similar turbines over the past two months. Those blade failures follow a break earlier this year and one in 2019.
When you count the cost of losing our peace in our homes, loss of property values, harm to our wildlife, harm to the land and agricultural businesses, the price of decommissioning the turbines once they are outdated and need to be torn down, and the loss of community relationships — you realize that the total cost of wind turbines has been and will continue to be staggering.
Adair County farmer Curt Beane said the blade crushed the corn below, but nobody was injured. “I work in the field that it came down, and I do have true safety concern,” Beane said. Beane said he does not own the land that the blade fell onto, but he does farm it.
The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors is considering how to craft what essentially would be a ban on the expansion of commercial wind energy production in the county.
Mike and Tanya Lamb live in rural Adair County, and there are about 80 turbines near their property. Tanya cited the noise from the structures as an ongoing problem for her family, making it difficult for them to sleep.The shadow flicker from the blades adds to the discomfort. “There is a constant beating, vibrating noise,” she said. “And we can feel the pressure on our ears.”
Why, then, spend public dollars on FBI role-playing? Because the energy industry wanted it. The exercise came “at the request of an USBUS private energy sector partner, following 14 environmental extremist attacks against transportation infrastructure in Iowa that services the energy sector, particularly oil pipelines,” said one of the documents about the exercise. Privately owned and operated companies and industry groups — none of which were named in the reports — were intimately involved in the exercise: An Iowa utility company and a wind energy lobbyist group provided information to help judge the fake attack plans and assess the fake “threat environment,” and an industry representative joined two of the teams, posing as an insider accomplice.
Senator Zach Whiting of Spirit Lake, a member of the Iowa Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee, said he has a number of concerns about “the dramatic expansion of eminent domain authority the Utilities Board appears to give itself.” Private property rights and utility development have been a flash point for lawmakers from both parties for years.