State Ponders Changes to Wind Energy
Despite spending $15 million seeking state permits since 2008, the 78-megawatt New Era wind project appears to finally be dead. That leaves one looming question: What has been learned or changed by this exhaustive permitting process? The answers vary, depending on who you ask, but local critics — Goodhue Wind Truth and the Coalition for Sensible Siting — are happy to proclaim how they've shaped the state's dialogue. Click here to read more
Wind Project Target of FBI Scrutiny
The New Era wind project appears likely to have its state-issued permits revoked this fall after missing two deadlines that required it to either begin construction or surrender its permits by Aug. 23, according to a Minnesota Public Utilities spokesperson. That course of action could finally close the book on what's been the most controversial wind project in state history. ... During the past five years, five lawsuits have been filed, ownership has changed hands twice, fines have been levied for illegal lobbying and — in the most recent development — the Federal Bureau of Investigation apparently has conducted interviews as part of a potential fraud investigation. Click here to read more
Wind Project Foes Ready to Celebrate
A troubled wind energy proposal in Goodhue County has missed a deadline imposed by state regulators to make its intentions known, and opponents of the project are preparing to celebrate its defeat. New Era Wind had until last Friday to either surrender its site permit or provide evidence that it could begin construction by Aug. 23. Officials at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission said they have not heard from New Era owner Peter Mastic, and Mastic did not return messages left by MPR News. The PUC is expected to move to revoke the permit, which would likely be the final step in a five-year controversy over the 48-turbine plan... Click here to read more
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Efforts have been supported by individual citizens contributing their time, talent and money and by a few educated legislators acting in the public interest. In addition to raising technical and economic concerns, citizens around the world have shared their experiences of wind turbine impacts including: unique unregulated industrial noise, loss of property value, induced voltage, wildlife impact (protected eagles), and shadow flicker. In Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest, foreign-owned wind companies control ever-increasing prime agricultural production acreage on 50-year leases. The wind companies have your tax dollars, legal mandates written by their attorneys and lobbyists, government agencies, huge multi-national corporations and well-funded “non-profit wind promotion organizations” disguised as environmental organizations. Their goal is to get more of your tax and electrical rate money. Relentless participation by local citizens is bringing effective change. Help us change the future of industrial wind.
Coalition for Sensible Siting (CSS)
CSS recognizes the scientific, economic, and safety short falls of industrial wind. Turbines are, none-the-less, being installed and the Coalition for Sensible Siting advocates that citizens’ broad concerns, based upon science, economics and experience should hold sway over politicalagendas driven by financial gain when siting turbines. Citizens, who pay both the tax and electrical rate bill for renewable energy, should have a significant voice in the formation of national and state energy policy.
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