Minnesota regulators have pulled the plug on a Goodhue County wind farm proposal

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Foes who pointed to potential impact on eagles helped derail it.

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rudi86Jun. 20, 13 8:43 PM

Wonderful, the save the bat people got a win. Since we cant have sustainable clean wind power let's get on with frac sand mining down there so we can get some clean shale gas going. If that doesn't suite their needs then let's build another nuclear power plant down there for the cleanest power of all. If that doesn't work let's just go back to the 1850s and and get rid of cars, furnaces, air conditioning, cell phones, internet and live off the land. Thanks much NIMBY enviro-wackos for killing a great project!!

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Lifeguard06Jun. 20, 13 9:18 PM

so this is what liberal on liberal violence looks like. petty bickering over green energy or some birds.

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teddygJun. 20, 13 9:19 PM

Ms Marcotty, that's a pretty broad statement to say that bats die by the thousands when they encounter turbine blades. Would you mind citing a source on that? The Canadian evidence that I've seen (no U.S. studies at the time) said bird and bats die at the same rate as they do when encountering hi-volt powerlines.

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overlandJun. 20, 13 9:29 PM

Too bad you haven't been paying attention, rudi86. This wasn't about bats, this was about a vaporware project so extreme that Xcel has now taken to the District Court to have the Power Purchase Agreements terminated. PPAs are in default, no financing, no turbines, and the PUC finally said ENOUGH. In utility projects, if it dies, it's usually the economics, and in this case, a developer with nothing but P.O. Box 307 at the Goodhue Post Office (mail returned).

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smeeagain2Jun. 20, 1311:31 PM

So instead of losing a few birds to the potential of running into a blade, we'll lose the entire species along with our own due to our use of fossil fuels. Brilliant!

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rlwr51Jun. 21, 1312:48 AM

Good. This is not a suitable place for a wind farm.

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nonewtaxesJun. 21, 13 4:49 AM

Build the towers. The stupid birds and bats will have a quick end and the smart ones will breed and improve their species.

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kmhreadyJun. 21, 13 6:46 AM

The citizens told the truth; the wind company did not. After being in violation of the contract with Xcel for over three years, Xcel finally took New Era/ AWA Goodhue to Court. The MPUC Commissioners recognized a hopeless mess when they saw it and very correctly said, 'No more'. Wind projects have zero environmental benefit for their high priced, low value electricity produced mainly at the wrong times. This project, proposed in the Mississippi migratory flyway, posed much higher than average harm. Peter Mastic did not spend $15 million, but T. Boone Pickens might have (mainly while paying Mastics salary). I hope Mastic's failure in MN means this is the last State for his citizen abuse. He doesn't have his Wall Street buddies to bail him out this time. Mastics trail of destruction stretches from NYS to MI - just like the Jesse James Gang, Mastic met his demise in SE MN.

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clnorthJun. 21, 13 7:41 AM

So we pass a law forcing power companies to provide "green energy" and then shoot projects down when they try to create it. Only in Minnesota.

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callmestupidJun. 21, 13 7:53 AM

Birds that Fly into turbine blades probably wouldn't last much longer in the wild anyway

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