Xcel: EnXco wind farm settlement failed

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 19, 2012 - 11:19 PM

The utility dropped out of the N.D. project amid concern about two endangered birds: the piping plover and the whooping crane.

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la55122Mar. 20, 12 7:27 AM

So now the French want to make money off of our wind. They have a failed economy at home and are looking here for suckers. I'm hopeful that Ecel has good enough lawyers to defend their interests.

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looncallMar. 20, 12 8:38 AM

It is hard to understand how we are "saving the planet" with so called "renewable energy" while at the same time, showing little regard for the environment. Environmental groups that keep watch have been given large contributions to look away. In Minnesota, we have the AWA Goodhue Wind project in Goodhue County, where the developer presented information as fact, when it was proven faulty. At one time the wind company and the Department of Commerce staff stated: "There are no eagles in the footprint." Over twenty nests, of which some are active or showing activity this spring, are in and directly around the poorly sited project. Wind developers want it both ways, and they can't have it, when it is obvious that some projects do not fit where they were planned. Follow the money, and then call a congressman. Stop the 1603 cash grants and Production Tax Credits coming directly out of the U.S. Treasury. It is unsustainable.

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imcountryMar. 20, 12 9:21 AM

Kill bad projects not wildlife! Ending subsidies for unsustainable poor energy sources should stop requests for futher projects. When something is bad it should be OK to just say NO. Excel did the right thing on this project. The Goodhue project is even worse. Excel should be free to back out and free of a lawsuit when environmental issues are this great. These developers tried to run through bad projects thinking no-one would be the wiser. They cannot escape scrutiny any longer.

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junifer15Mar. 20, 12 9:31 AM

Thank you, Xcel! If they were purchasing the AWA Goodhue boondoggle I imagine they would have cancelled their PPA upon Xcel Executives seeing active bald eagle nests that AWA's biologists deny exist. Unfortunately, Xcel is only purchasing the power and not the project so we are stuck hoping someone in the State of MN gets a spine and pulls the plug on AWA before we destroy an entire ecosystem on behalf of an out of state billionaire. News from Europe with regard to the economic disaster caused when governments attempt to sustain unsustainable subsidies for wind/solar doesn't seem to make it into our media outlets. I suppose this is a reflection of how our press has been undermined, bought and owned by corporate interests that do not want certain information to make it into the public realm. For instance: Denmark has shown that wind turbines do not reduce CO2 emissions. President Obama keeps championing renewables as a means to getting off of our dependence upon foreign oil but electricity and oil have next to nothing to do with one another but the public buys into this sham and so we continue bleeding money for solutions that don't work for a problem that doesn't exist. How 'bout those alleged jobs that will be created? Spain estimates that 3.7 permanent jobs are lost for every 1 temporary green sector job created. In the same leaked documents Spain estimated a loss of 13 million birds/bats due to wind turbines and blamed the collapse of their economy on expensive and unsustainable subsidies for this sham industry. Wind turbines are the number 2 cause of death in bats, which are already in jeopardy due to White Nose Syndrome. There is not an ecosystem on the planet that can sustain itself for the long haul without bats. Documentation exists to prove that developers are destroying the golden eagle populations in California, and have to bait the California Condor away from their natural hunting ground because wind turbines would wipe the birds out. Some claim that wind turbines placed in their territory in the 80's were largely to blame for their near extinction already. It's hard to know because you can't get the truth out of wind energy proponents. Actual production numbers for wind turbines are "Trade Secret" and what we pay for what little power we do get is also "Trade Secret." This needs to stop. It's unfortunate that Xcel is being sued for doing the right thing, but I have to say that as a customer, it pleases me to no end to see some responsible corporate behavior from them. EnXco needs to take their spinning junk back to France. We don't need it here and we certainly don't need to underwrite their debt.

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kingjulienMar. 20, 1210:15 AM

The wildlife problem is not unique to this wind project. The foreign owned wind company is not unique to this project. MN MANDATES the construction of wind turbines in MN. The 2007 Renewable Energy Standards exempts wind from regulation and oversight. The MN law was written to force a solution that does not work for a problem that does not exist. Most of your tax and rate money is going to European owned corporations and Wall Street banks. In return, you get electricity that can not be stored, produced at times that it can't be used, at very high rates. Wind produces NONE of the promised environmental benefits but does destroy human health, birds and bats. Franken and Klobuchar are both pushing for a National wind mandate and continuation of federal subsidies. MN Republican Energy Senate Chair Julie Rosen refuses to hear bills to reform the MN wind scam that she helped create. I'm not seeing anything resembling leadership from the MN House Energy Chairs either - McNamara and Hackbarth. Apparently our "leaders" are far too busy with vital issues like sports stadiums.

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