Developers have formally abandoned their efforts to build a wind farm in Goodhue County of southeastern Minnesota that drew strong citizen opposition because of the threat to eagles and bats.
For generations of farmers, having a wind mill was a dependable way to pump water for their livestock. Now it’s rare to drive Minnesota’s rural roads and see the old steel structures still turning in the breeze. But there’s a good chance what you will see instead is a taller structure spinning with three blades.
Wisconsin regulators properly approved a Madison-based utility’s plan to build a wind farm in Minnesota, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
State regulators will consider whether a plan to protect birds and bats from a wind farm in Goodhue County is adequate.
A panel of appellate judges has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether state regulators properly approved a huge wind farm in southern Minnesota.
The state Public Utilities Commission has approved a certificate of need and a site permit for a proposed wind-energy farm north of Paynesville, a major step in the project.