Ruling Against Minnesota Wind Farm Alarms Advocates

Ruling Against Minnesota Wind Farm Alarms Advocates
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A judge's recommendation that a proposed Minnesota wind farm be nixed over turbine noise has drawn a flurry of opposition from the wind-power industry, which fears a chilling effect on development.

In a rare move, Administrative Law Judge LauraSue Schlatter last month recommended that the Freeborn Wind farm be denied an operating permit, saying the southern Minnesota project failed to show it can meet state noise standards.

Freeborn Wind's developer, Invenergy, has objected, saying Schlatter's interpretation of state noise rules would be “impossible” to meet. Last week, two wind-industry trade groups and three of Invenergy's competitors also filed objections to Schlatter's recommendation, as did four clean-energy and environmental groups.

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