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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Iowa economy and workers benefit from Wisconsin's anti-wind forces

From an article by Sara Daehn in the Cresco Times-Plain Dealer:

Cresco, Iowa - Construction is underway on a 99-megawatt wind farm near Riceville.

The Crane Creek Wind Project will consist of 66 GE 1.5 megawatt wind turbines and is expected to generate electricity to provide for the energy needs of approximately 27,000 homes serviced by investor-owned electric and natural gas utility Wisconsin Public Service, who will take over ownership of the project upon completion.

About 50-60 construction workers began working at the site of the Crane Creek Wind Project, located at 9895 Fir Ave. in rural Riceville, on April 13. So far, crews have been busy mobilizing the construction site, pouring foundations for each turbine and creating access roads.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin wind energy development stands still because of local opposition to wind siting. In other words, local opposition hasn't stopped Wisconsin utilities from developing and electricity customers from using wind-generated electricity. The opposition just sends the jobs to workers in Iowa and Minnesota.

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