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Old 04-23-2019, 01:41 PM
 
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When I do drive through Iowa I notice lots of windmills, more windmills than Nebraska or at least the parts of Nebraska I drive through which I find unusual since from my experience Nebraska is windier than Iowa. I do like the windmills, its part of what defines Iowa which I find to be a beautiful state.
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:52 PM
 
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Are we talking about water windmills or wind turbines? If the later, please come to Texas and take some of our monstrosities.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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Simple answer is due to state laws. Iowa passed a law in 1983 requiring investor owned utilities to produce a percentage of their power from wind generation. Subsequent tax breaks and subsidies have kept it going.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:08 AM
 
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Simple answer is due to state laws. Iowa passed a law in 1983 requiring investor owned utilities to produce a percentage of their power from wind generation. Subsequent tax breaks and subsidies have kept it going.
That was smart.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Simple answer is due to state laws. Iowa passed a law in 1983 requiring investor owned utilities to produce a percentage of their power from wind generation. Subsequent tax breaks and subsidies have kept it going.
The vast majority of wind farms in Iowa are owned and operated by utilities outside of Iowa and even the US.....
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Old 04-26-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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The vast majority of wind farms in Iowa are owned and operated by utilities outside of Iowa and even the US.....
They should have to pay tariffs.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:13 PM
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Location: Gilbert, AZ
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The vast majority of wind farms in Iowa are owned and operated by utilities outside of Iowa

I was in Iowa visiting a couple of weeks ago, and that's what my brother told me. He said the windmills near him were for a utility company that serves Chicago
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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I was in Iowa visiting a couple of weeks ago, and that's what my brother told me. He said the windmills near him were for a utility company that serves Chicago
Landowners get yearly payment per turbine for leasing land to wind companies.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:46 PM
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Landowners get yearly payment per turbine for leasing land to wind companies.

Of course they get a payment. I was told that even landowners with blades encroaching over their property (i.e., no reduction in usable land) get a (smaller) payment.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Landowners get yearly payment per turbine for leasing land to wind companies.
Yep. but the spin is that the power generated in Iowa is for Iowans not Florida..............
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