Efforts To Block Proposed Wind Farm In Palo Alto County Blocked By Iowa Supreme Court
(Des Moines)-- Efforts by some landowners in Palo Alto county to block a proposed wind farm have been rejected by the Iowa Supreme Court.
The proposed project by Palo Alto Wind Energy and MidAmerican Energy had been the subject of lawsuits filed by residents targeting the Iowa Utilities Board and the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors. The suit against the IUB contended the board should have required developers to get a special certificate requiring an extensive study of the project's impact. The lawsuit against the county challenged the process that was used in granting approval for the project.
The rulings issued today (Friday) clear a major hurdle for the 170-turbine project, and legal experts say it will provide more clarity for similar projects.