Agitating project for today in quarantine — contact all the pink and grey states on this map. Message? “LOCKDOWN NOW! You’re putting your state’s people at risk, and increasing infection, sickness, and deaths. Just do it — issue stay-at-home order NOW!”

What the hell is wrong with these states? And this is one reason why we need honest and ethical leadership at federal level.

Fauci: I don’t understand why all states are not under stay-at-home orders

Well, it’s called federal lack of leadership. Most states have stay-at-home orders, I was on Gov. Walz to do that, and we should have done it before Wisconsin, but at least he did do it. Now, on to these others, some of which have local stay-at-home but no STATEWIDE stay at home. Come on, Governors, just do it:

Contact Alabama Governor

Contact Arkansas Governor

Contact Iowa Governor

Contact Missouri Governor

Contact Nebraska Governor

Contact North Dakota Governor

Contact Oklahoma Governor

Contact South Carolina Governor

Contact South Dakota Governor

Contact Utah Governor

Contact Wyoming Governor

Got some catching up to do — I’ve been sick for almost a month now, felt like the sinus crap I get now and then and I did NOT want it to get “Goodhue Wind can’t talk” bad. I started isolating after a meeting March 5 because Alan was sick, I got it March 8, went to Mayo the end of that week, diagnosed as sinus and treated, and was told to screed for COVID the following Monday, when they were starting drive up testing, and was screened out because my symptoms were the opposite of COVID, but when I called in because I was hacking more, they wanted me to come in to test for COVID. OK, I can do that. Drive-up testing, yes, make it a meal… follow the security guy to the ambulance bay, swab up the nose, and wait 48 hours, maybe less, and NEGATIVE. Now, about this sinus crap…

In short, I’m not working much, brain is on vacation. But a lot has come in since we filed on March 18, 2020:

AFCL appeals PUC denial of EAW Petition

I’d filed a Motion for Consolidation and for a Stay on March 29, 2020 because we were STILL waiting on the Commission’s Order and Record of Decision, which the Commission had not filed, 5 weeks later, after their February 6, 2020 meeting (VIEW WEBCAST HERE! ):

So of course two days later, the Public Utilities Commission finally filed not only the Order denying AFCL’s Petition for EAW, but also granting Xcel Energy its Permit Amendment! April Fools? Nooooo, March 31, 2020…

Then on to April Fools Day, time for AFCL’s monthly status update to the Appellate Court:

Then the Respondents’ Statements of the Case came in:

Next was Xcel Energy’s response to our Motion:

And then the Court Order, dismissing the case until we go through the PUC process of Reconsideration and their (likely) denial of our Reconsideration request, then file appeal again, filing fee from this applicable to that. Good, because we HAD to appeal because for an EAW the appeal clock is triggered by the date the Notice of Decision was published, 30 days after that, it’s got to be filed. Didn’t want to lose opportunity by not filing. So now our appeal is locked in, and we’re back to PUC to “exhaust our administrative remedies.”

Yeah, exhausted, and onward we go.

An earlier Legalectric post:

PUC’s Freeborn Wind Order Amending Xcel Site Permit and Denying AFCL’s EAW Petition

It’s out, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s Order both rejecting Association of Freeborn County Landowners’ Petition for Environmental Assessment Worksheet and approving the Xcel Energy site permit amendment.

The Commission meeting amending Xcel Energy’s permit as requested was back on December 19, 2019, and the Commission’s deliberation and “decision” rejecting the AFCL Petition for an EAW was February 6, 2020:

VIEW WEBCAST HERE!

Per the EQB rules (Minn. R. 4410.1100, Subp. 6), the Commission was supposed to issue an Order and Record of Decision WAY BACK, but didn’t. We appealed their “decision.”

AFCL appeals PUC denial of EAW Petition

This new order (20203-161639-01_Order-Site Permit Amendment and Denial of AFCL Petition for EAW) has many statements, some pretty wild ones, but I don’t see what ought to be there.

It’s time to get out the magnifying glass for a careful read. AFCL, this means all of us!!!

Last month, both Invenergy and NextEra had issued Notice of Force Majure:

Solar Force Majure in WI – Coronavirus February 26th, 2020

Then NextEra cancelled its notice, and apparently plans to move forward with the Two Creeks project.

Here’s a recent industry blurb about the impacts, mentioning Badger Hollow solar and the rush to get projects in the ground before the tax credit and subsidies deadline, and trying to get perks in the COVID relief bill:

U.S. wind, solar industries plead for “tweaks” to coronavirus stimulus to keep projects alive

From the article:

Developer Invenergy LLC also issued a force majeure notice on its 300 megawatt (MW) Badger Hollow solar project in Wisconsin, according to a regulatory filing, citing the potential impact of factory shutdowns and travel restrictions on its suppliers and contractors. A spokeswoman for Invenergy declined to comment.

This is so disturbing to me, I wrote about it before I became speechless — in the Red Wing Republican Eagle:

Letter: Willful disregard and willful ignorance in Pierce County

I’m fuming. I just read with shock and disbelief that there’s a second case of COVID-19 in Pierce County. The cause of my shock and disbelief stems from the article which said that, “band and choir students were in New Orleans March 9-14, which also was spring break. The person attended the senior high school choir trip, according to the message.”

A school trip March 9-14? COVID was in the news in January and February. There were very public self-isolation and social distancing recommendations, including warnings not to travel, the first week of March. Yet the Ellsworth trip went forward the second week of March?

This display of willful ignorance and willful disregard for people’s health, perhaps their lives, is hard to accept. School administrators, trip organizers and the school board are responsible for the health and safety of those in their care. Parents are responsible for their children. The “children” are senior high students, some maybe “adults,” but in any case, old enough to be thinking for themselves. The responsibility for this ill-advised trip is a shared responsibility.

Thinking “it can’t happen here” or “it won’t happen to me”? There is no rational basis for such ideas, and science says otherwise, it can and will happen. Look around. It is happening, it is happening to people you ostensibly care about, and it is happening to the community around you.To go forward on a school trip when there’s a burgeoning pandemic with isolation, distancing, and no-travel recommendations, it is just so irresponsible. It goes beyond poor judgment – it is willful disregard and willful ignorance – selfish “me first” disregard and ignorance that puts people in harm’s way.

Get to work to fix this mess. What are you doing to help your friends and neighbors who are now or who will become sick, for those who are quarantined and unable to care for themselves? It’s time for continuing education in science, situational ethics, critical thinking, and public health for the district officials, staff, and students alike, with a healthy dose of public service.

Carol A. Overland

Red Wing