State delays Minnesota wind project for at least year
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has voted to delay a proposed wind farm near Red Wing for at least a year.
On a 2-1 vote, the commission Thursday (Feb. 23) denied approval for the company's plan to protect eagles, bats and other wildlife from the project.
The PUC acknowledged that AWA Goodhue LLC can submit a new plan once it addresses inadequacies raised by the commission.
Company officials and local supporters of the project who had ridden up from Goodhue County on a bus declined to comment.
In August the commission granted the proposed 48-turbine project a permit to start construction, but said it would need to develop a more detailed plan to move forward.
Opponents said the company's plan to protect eagles and bats isn't sufficient.