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Jan 23, 2023

Wind turbine, blades collapse onto southern Wisconsin field

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.

Jan 5, 2022

Regulators approve utilities’ plans to buy 92-megawatt wind farm

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. 

Oct 27, 2020

Developer drops plans for large wind farm in Green County

The developer of a controversial wind farm in Green County has scrapped plans for the project.

Nov 16, 2019

‘Green’ wind energy sending many giant blades to landfills

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.

Apr 14, 2019

Wind-turbines proposal whips up dispute in rural Wisconsin

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.

Feb 21, 2018

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

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.

Nov 10, 2017

MidAmerican plans to spend $1B to update wind turbines

MidAmerican Energy says it plans to spend $1 billion improving more than 700 wind turbines throughout Iowa.

Jul 5, 2017

Transmission capacity limits growth in wind power

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.

Apr 13, 2016

Fond du Lac County residents plan to keep fighting wind farm (UPDATE)

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.

Mar 13, 2016

After 5-year drought, wind power may pick up across state

Wind power may be about to pick up in Wisconsin after a five-year drought.

Feb 6, 2015

Justices could strike down wind siting rule

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.

Oct 24, 2014

Town goes all in to fight wind farm

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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