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Kidder Hill turbines to be sited in Lowell, not Irasburg

“Many people believe that if Irasburg opposes industrial wind development on the Kidder Hill ridgeline, the developer could simply move the towers a few feet to the Lowell side of the town line,” Warner said. “However, the towers would have to move nearly a mile away from Irasburg before our town would lose its participation in the siting decision. The Legislature included that provision in Act 174 precisely for situations like this.”
17 Nov 2017

Area wind energy hearing draws a large crowd

PIERCE — Outside of a 15-minute presentation at the beginning of a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 2, Pierce County Commissioners heard virtually no one from the public speak in support of allowing wind turbines in the county or the proposed amendments to Pierce County zoning regulations covering wind energy.
17 Nov 2017

Wind project in southern Minnesota gets pushback

Wind farms commonly generate some local antipathy as they grow both in number and economic importance to the energy industry, but the Freeborn project has sparked a higher level of opposition. It has been intense enough to prompt Freeborn Wind’s developer, Invenergy, to move more than half the project — 58 turbines — across the border to Iowa.
17 Nov 2017

Open houses show split between Jefferson, Lewis counties on wind turbine development near Fort Drum

As the community looked toward potential development conflicts with Fort Drum, wind turbines kept coming to the forefront. In Jefferson County, the issue has sparked a coalition among Fort Drum advocates, echoing military concerns about the impact of turbines on aviation and weather radar systems, and residents who oppose turbine projects in the area.
15 Nov 2017

'Wind Blind?'

One of Fort Drum's biggest assets and a key to its future is the airspace above it, says one's the post's strategic planners. But these days it shows more than aircraft. The blue patches are the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County and the wind farm on Wolfe Island. Each turbine shows up separately and adds to the radar load.
15 Nov 2017

Residents learn about leasing land for renewable energy projects

Once a lease or an option to lease, which gives the company the ability to use the lease or not as they see fit, is signed, it is very difficult to re-negotiate. Everything from the location of the lease and easements for roads to decommissioning the structures at the end of their life has to be worked out, and leases often last for 20 to 40 years.
14 Nov 2017

Wind company agrees to changes

Conflicting points of view regarding the placement of new wind turbines were exchanged during the last County Board meeting on Nov. 7. On one hand, Faribault County residents such as Johanna Hocker are staunchly opposed to the Oza Tanka Wind Project. Hocker voiced her concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting.
12 Nov 2017

Amazon plans to expand to 15 Central Ohio data centers

The Consumers' Counsel isn't buying the feint: “Nonetheless, it can be expected that AEP will seek to collect from other customers, through charges on customers’ electric bills, the revenues AEP would forgo as a result of the discounts proposed in the application,” the agency filing says. The unknown billing borne by other customers is "not limited or capped,” 
11 Nov 2017

Wind farms making headway in Missouri

LIBERAL, Mo. — On a Fourth of July weekend, the father-son duo of Mark and Christopher Peterson took off for Colorado on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On the way home, they rose early to drive through southwest Kansas. A fog rose over the plains as the sun illuminated hundreds of spinning blades.
11 Nov 2017

Possible wind farms divide Fulton County residents

People in Fulton County are divided about are divided about possible wind farms coming to town. Thursday night county commissioners held a public meeting to learn about the details of the plans. RES, a renewable energy company, is the company being considered to bring the turbines to town. They're working on projects in Miami and Cass Counties as well.
10 Nov 2017

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