Wind Rules: Best Practices for County Wind Siting Ordinances - April 12, 2019
Is your county looking to wind development as an opportunity while hoping to lay out reasonable guidelines for developers? Kerri Johannsen, Energy Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) presents research on wind siting best practices and examples of the best county wind siting provisions from around Iowa. These best practices are guidelines for counties to consider that will balance wind development with short- and long-term considerations of county residents and infrastructure. Johannsen also touches on recent research on wind turbines and health impacts that IEC published in coordination with the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Policy Project. Black Hawk County Planning and Zoning Administrator Seth Hyberger presents a P&Z perspective on the state of play around wind siting in Iowa.