The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a Goodhue County ordinance that would have prevented construction of a 50-turbine wind farm. But the project remains on hold until the developer comes up with a plan to protect eagles and other birds.
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The Public Utilities Commission dealt a setback to a planned wind farm near Red Wing. Commissioners decided the plan does not do enough to protect eagles and other birds that could be killed by its 50 turbines. The decision will at least delay the project and could kill it.
Some Goodhue County landowners want to get out of wind turbine contracts
Several landowners have sent letters of termination to AWA Goodhue Wind. One of their concerns is the possible effect the turbines could have on wildlife. One Rochester resident says the turbines could disrupt the flight paths of migratory eagles and endanger the birds.
New wind farm could face big fines if turbines kill eagles
The Fish and Wildlife Service is advising AWA Goodhue Wind to apply for a permit that would reduce its liability if any eagles are killed by the spinning turbines of its planned wind farm. Without a permit, a second offense could cost the company half-a-million dollars.
Faribault County’s first commercial wind farm to add 60 local jobs
Construction on the 36-megawatt Big Blue Wind Farm in Blue Earth is already underway. The 18 new wind turbines being installed feature nacelle enhancements and a more aerodynamic blade design that optimizes energy output -- enough to power about 20,000 homes per year. The south-central Minnesota wind farm is scheduled to be operating by the end of the year.
PUC postpones hearing on controversial wind farm
Goodhue Wind plans to apply for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would allow its turbines to kill eagles without facing penalties. The proposed 48-turbine site is set to be located north of Zumbrota in southeast Minnesota. MPR reports the hearing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has not been rescheduled.
Wind farm seeking permission to kill eagles near Red Wing
Developers of a controversial wind farm in Goodhue County plan to apply for new federal permits to legally kill eagles. The Star Tribune reports the permits are part of a federal compromise between the demand for clean energy and the concern that wind farms could kill thousands of birds each year. The proposed 50-turbine site near Red Wing is home to a number of eagles and endangered golden eagles.
Wind farm developer accuses residents of attracting eagles to halt project
The developer of a 50-turbine wind farm says Goodhue County residents are leaving animal carcasses out to attract eagles. The presence of eagles could affect the project. State officials have not verified the accusations.
Central Minnesota wind farm a year behind schedule
The necessary permits are in place to build a 95-megawatt wind farm north of Paynesville, but Edina-based Geronimo Wind Energy is still looking for a utility company to buy its energy. A St. Cloud Times report says this has delayed construction by a year on central Minnesota's first large-scale wind farm, that includes as many as 60 turbines.
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