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.Read More »
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.
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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.Read More »