Southern Minnesota joins new rebellion against wind energy that has stalled, stopped projects across U.S.

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Southern Minnesota joins new rebellion against wind energy that has stalled, stopped projects across U.S.

February 21, 2018

GLENVILLE, Minn. — Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about.

But when a developer sought to put up dozens more of the 400-foot towers in southern Minnesota, hundreds of people in the heart of wind country didn't celebrate. They fought back, going door-to-door to alert neighbors and circulating petitions to try to kill the project. They packed county board meetings, hired a lawyer and pleaded their case before state commissions.

"I've had more neighbors in my living room in the last six months than in all the years we've lived here," said Dorenne Hansen, a leader in the effort whose family has farmed in the area for more than a century.

 

The criticism has worked so far, stalling the development. Although opposition to wind power is nothing new, the residents of Freeborn County are part of a newly invigorated rebellion against the tall turbines. These energized opponents have given fresh momentum to a host of anti-wind ideas and successfully halted projects across the country.

SOURCE:  Globe Gazette

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