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PUC makes wind farm’s demise official
After years of delays and strong opposition by area residents, a controversial Goodhue County wind farm project has reached its end. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission accepted a request by developer New Era Wind to withdraw a certificate of need extension for the proposed...
October 25, 2013 - 12:51pm
Goodhue County wind farm all but dead
It was a tough week for New Era Wind and its controversial 78-megawatt wind farm planned for Goodhue County. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to revoke New Era's certificate of need at a meeting Thursday, less than a week after Xcel Energy filed a lawsuit in district...
June 25, 2013 - 12:35pm
June 23, 2013
MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: New Era Wind has certificate revoked
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to revoke New Era’s certificate of need to build a long-delayed 78-megawatt wind farm in Goodhue County. The MPUC cited New Era’s failure to follow the commission’s orders, as well as a lack of confidence in company’s...
June 23, 2013 - 11:30am
June 1, 2013
Xcel moves ahead with axing New Era Wind contracts
NSP, now part of Xcel Energy, said it would seek judgement in Minnesota District Court to declare that the company is justified in terminating power purchasing agreements with New Era Wind. NSP gave New Era a deadline of May 12 to begin resolving issues preventing the construction...
June 1, 2013 - 12:00am
May 11, 2013
Xcel looks to end New Era Wind contracts
Xcel Energy could begin the process of pulling out of a power purchasing agreement with New Era Wind Farm as early as Monday, a utility director said. New Era was given until Sunday May 12 to resolve a delay in the production of a 78-megawatt wind farm in Goodhue County that is...
May 11, 2013 - 3:00pm
May 1, 2013
Wind meeting rescheduled for June
A Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meeting May 2 regarding New Era Wind has been tentatively rescheduled to 9:30 a.m. June 20 in St. Paul. The meeting will be to discuss a certificate of need and site permit for a 78-megawatt energy facility in Goodhue County and Xcel Energy's...
May 1, 2013 - 8:00am
March 2, 2013
PUC postpones decision, will re-examine need for wind farm
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission neither gave the go-ahead nor the red light to a proposed wind farm for Goodhue County.
March 2, 2013 - 7:00am
January 30, 2013
Still time to comment on New Era project
The comment period has been extended in the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's review of New Era Wind's permit application for a wind farm in Goodhue County. The new deadline for filing initial comments is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 and the new deadline for filing reply comments is...
January 30, 2013 - 12:00am
January 24, 2013
PUC accepting input on wind farm
Changes made to a 78-megawatt wind farm planned in Goodhue County have had the Goodhue County Board wondering whether the project should qualify for Community-Based Energy Development status. Since the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Office of Energy Security's past...
January 24, 2013 - 10:00am
August 4, 2012
Citizens won't take wind case to Supreme Court
A case that was initially brought to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, was later reconsidered by the PUC and was eventually heard by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, has reached the end of its road. All the way along, the case of an industrial wind farm proposed in Goodhue...
August 4, 2012 - 1:07pm
June 27, 2012
Appeals court sides with wind company
The Minnesota Court of Appeals decided Monday that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission was accurate in throwing out a Goodhue County setback ordinance for wind projects. Citizens have been arguing at various levels of government that the 10-rotor diameter setback developed...
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am
April 28, 2012
Players in Goodhue County wind debate await next court ruling
The name of the game is five-card draw, and only two players are still in it to win. One party, AWA Goodhue Wind, sits with a nearly endless pile of chips filling its side of the table. The other, the Coalition for Sensible Siting, displays a solid poker face, showing confidence...
April 28, 2012 - 4:07pm
March 29, 2012
Letter: Harness wind, boost energy
To the Editor: Everyone knows wind is free. Wind always seems to be there whether we want it or not. This is our opportunity to use what is free. The contacts I have at Goodhue Wind have never misled me, have always answered my questions truthfully and professionally and have...
March 29, 2012 - 9:23am
January 25, 2012
Eagle deaths could bring hefty fines to wind developer
In order for AWA Goodhue Wind to avoid facing some substantial charges in the event of an eagle death from its project's wind turbines, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is highly recommending the wind developer acquire what's called an incidental take permit. "We've been encouraging...
January 25, 2012 - 11:06am
January 1, 2012
Top 10 of 2011: Many delays drag wind case into 2012
When the battle over wind development in Goodhue County was the Republican Eagle's top story at the end of 2010, it was expected that some aspects would stretch into 2011.
January 1, 2012 - 2:00pm