A company that operates a southern Wisconsin wind farm is investigating what caused part of a wind turbine and its blades to plummet to the ground, leaving debris strewn across a field.
State regulators have approved a pair of utilities’ proposal to purchase a $162 million wind farm in Grant County as part of a long-term plan to replace coal-fired power with renewable energy.
The developer of a controversial wind farm in Green County has scrapped plans for the project.
At a western Iowa wind farm, a demolition crew saws through red slashes marked on 120-foot turbine blades, cutting them into thirds before stuffing the thinnest piece inside a hollow cavity in the turbines' bases, giving workers room to load more blades onto a flatbed trailer.
Cindy Blanc, 57, and her 61-year-old husband, Peter Minucci, are freelance musicians who moved to 5 acres in the countryside in south central Wisconsin for the scenic views and serenity.
Wind turbines have become as commonplace as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields in rural parts of the Midwest. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few opportunities for economic growth to brag about.
MidAmerican Energy says it plans to spend $1 billion improving more than 700 wind turbines throughout Iowa.
Contrary to what many might think, the biggest hurdle to the greater use of wind power is not a lack of supply or demand. Nor is it concerns about the harm wind turbines can inflict on wildlife.
Opponents of a large wind farm in Fond du Lac County plan to continue raising health concerns about the development, despite a new state study showing no conclusive ill effects on residents who live near the turbines.
Wind power may be about to pick up in Wisconsin after a five-year drought.
A case pending before the state Supreme Court will determine whether the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has to go back to the drawing board on a 2012 wind siting rule.
A town of about 600 residents in western Wisconsin has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and taken out a line of credit to fight a wind farm the local elected board once approved.
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