Feds using Minnesota wind farms to test effect on radar systems

Electromagnetic interference from wind farms can disrupt the radar systems used by airports and the military. An agency of the U.S. Energy Department says it flew helicopters over three Minnesota farms this month to test technology aimed at limiting that interference.
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Electromagnetic interference from wind farms can disrupt the radar systems used by airports and the military. An agency of the U.S. Energy Department says it flew helicopters over three Minnesota farms this month to test technology aimed at limiting that interference.

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