October 6 Benefit for Beechwood

September 23rd, 2018

The MPCA filed a letter a couple days ago that clearly states that when measuring wind noise for permit compliance, AMBIENT NOISE IS TO BE INCLUDED.  They also admitted that this has not been properly interpreted for wind permit siting for past permits.

MPCA Letter from Frank Kohlasch_20189-146351-01

MPCA filed this in the Freeborn Wind docket, PUC docket 17-410, which is on the PUC’s agenda for September 20, 2018.  This will be interesting.

? Affordable Clean Energy Rule?

September 1st, 2018

tRump’s “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” would be quite the legacy (though he leaves so many, how to choose).

EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule page

Here are the fact sheets from that page:

Fact Sheets (these are links below!):

And the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register yesterday:

Affordable Clean Energy Rule-Federal Register-8-31-2018-18755

It’s 68 pages long, and intense.

Comments due October 30 — how to comment?  From their site:

Online: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for submitting comments to EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

Email: Comments may be sent to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.

Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.

Fax: Fax your comments to: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Time off?  HA!  Haven’t had enough time off this summer!  And what with Pine Island City Council meeting about the ICE detention facility (JAIL) and success on that front, and relatives from Norway the following day who were visiting St. Olaf and us too, WHEW, busy time. Nerstrand was pretty empty, which was good, because the sites are so close together, and not much vegetation separating the sites.  From our table, there were 3 tables less than 40 feet away!  Overnight neighbors at two sites the first night, the one behind us, we could almost reach out the window and touch their big trailer.  But they left, and the nearby sites were empty after that (Ja, it’s not exactly primitive, but with screwed up back, that’s how it is!)  Joys of mid-week camping!

Love my new stove, it’s perfect!  Needs more of a wind screen if it’s super windy, and a rain fly hanging from the awning in the rain.

But glad to have a little home and office in the Big Woods.  WITH internet access in the camper this time!  Must be some new cell towers in the neighborhood.

Library Binding Little House in the Big Woods Book