"Township Wind Turbine Discussion" is agenda item #6 at tonight’s work session after the Northfield City Council meeting.
I just returned from a meeting of my county planning committee, where we debated the pros and cons of our neighbor’s proposal to put up two 400-foot wind turbines, with the closest about 1,300 feet from our property line. My family lives on a bluff on the edge of Northfield…
Getting up to speed on the science of sound and the medical research related to wind turbines has been exhausting, and in the process I have discovered the dark medical underbelly of industrial-sized turbines. They produce a lot of infrasonic and low-frequency noise.
- Last Saturday’s Nfld News: Developers behind failed Greenvale Township wind farm are ready to try again.
Scattered across four Rice County townships and capable of producing as much as one megawatt of power each, the six turbines that received preliminary approval would be constructed by Gro Wind LLC. — a company presided over by Leone Medin. Medin was a co-owner of Medin Renewable Energy, which attempted to construct the 11-turbine Greenvale Township wind farm in Dakota County along with another company, Sparks Energy.
The companies’ plans failed last year after the wind farm ran into heavy opposition from township residents. According to permit applications submitted by the companies to Rice County, the two turbines that did not receive preliminary approval from the Planning Commission would be developed by Spring Creek Wind LLC., co-owned by Anna Schmalzbauer, Medin’s daughter.
- My October 2009 blog post and attached 58 comments: Greenvale Township wind farm: the good, the bad, the ugly. See the PUC’s web page on this project.
- The July 2009 Nfld News article on Leone Medin, Anna Schmalzbauer, Medin Renewable Energy, and Sparks Energy: Farming the wind.