Wind farms face growing restrictions in Iowa

A bird flies past a wind turbine at Alliant Energy's English Farms Wind Farm near Montezuma in rural Poweshiek County on July 20, 2022. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)


Iowa may be one of the top three wind-power states in the country, but some of its counties want tighter restrictions on wind farm growth.

Iowa’s second-most populated county took action this week to move ahead with an ordinance adding tighter regulations to utility-scale wind solar projects.

One restriction would cover sound levels reported The Gazette, while others would focus on setback requirements and debris cleanup.

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