It’s almost solar!!!

October 7th, 2019

STAY, Freeborn Wind!

October 2nd, 2019

And we SCORE! Association of Freeborn County Landowners had a win earlier today when the Minnesota Court of Appeals granted our Motion for Stay of the Freeborn Wind Appeal as the Xcel Request for Amendment goes forward. YES! Sure glad we’re not having to do two things at once!

And FYI, here’s Xcel’s Amendment Request:

Ex 1_Xcel Site Permit Amendment Application_Part 1 of 4_20198-155331-01Download

Ex 2_Xcel Site Permit Amendment Application_Part 2 of 4_20198-155331-02Download

Ex 3_Xcel Site Permit Amendment Application_Part 3 of 4_20198-155331-03Download

Ex 4_Xcel Site Permit Amendment Application_Part 4 of 4_20198-155331-04Download

October 10, tRump HERE!

September 26th, 2019

The Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line was approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in a rubber stamp “decision” based on their deliberation at the meeting of August 20, 2019. Before the decision, there was some discussion of DALC’s Motion for recusal o Commissioners Huebsch and Valcq due to conflict of interest, and they had a ‘doth protesteth too much” response:

5-CE-146 Memorandum from Chairperson Valcq regarding Recusal (PSC REF#: 376345)
        Docket: 5-CE-146    Document Type: Memorandum    Submitted by: COKERS

5-CE-146 Memorandum from Commissioner Huebsch regarding Recusal (PSC REF#: 376346)
        Docket: 5-CE-146    Document Type: Memorandum    Submitted by: COKERS

Agenda Memorandum – Motion for Recusal and Disqualification (PSC REF#: 376363)
        Docket: 5-CE-146    Document Type: Memorandum    Submitted by: abrald

And after they dismissed the Motion, it took about two seconds to approve their written Order, and another few hours to distribute it:

Petition for Rehearing due October 16, 2019. Mark your calendars!!!

Coal ash? Comment now!

September 22nd, 2019

Remember the huge coal ash impoundment ruptures/breeches dumping coal ash all over? THIS is why treatment and use of coal ash matters:

TVA coal ash slide – UPDATES

And even in Minnesota: TVA coal ash — we had our own ash slide here in MN

There was a rule update and comments in 2018, and it was remanded, and so here we go around again…

FEDERAL REGISTER ANNOUNCEMENT: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities

Comments must be received on or before October 15, 2019!

From the EPA’s announcement (CLICK HERE):

Public Hearing on the Proposed Changes to the Regulations for Coal Combustion Residuals: Enhancing Public Access to Information and Reconsideration of Beneficial Use Criteria and Piles

Wed, October 2, 2019

9:00 AM – 8:00 PM EDT

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

300 Army Navy Drive

Arlington, VA 22202

The public hearing will consist of three sessions:

  • A morning session starting at 9:00 am and ending at noon.
  • An early afternoon session starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 4:00 pm.
  • An evening session beginning at 5:00 pm and ending at 8:00 pm.


Just do it, comment away!!! Comments must be received on or before October 15, 2019.