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T Boone Pickens Minnesota project receives approval

US: Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens' plan to build a 78MW wind farm in Minnesota has been approved by state regulators despite opposition from local groups.

Pickens: $10 billion Texas wind project fell through
Pickens: $10 billion Texas wind project fell through

Pickens pinpointed Minnesota for the project after he halved an order for 667 GE 1.5MW turbines when plans for his $10 billion Texas wind project fell through.

52 of the turbines will be used in the Goodhue project, which was pre-developed by Minnesota-based National Wind. The Goodhue project was recently acquired by Mesa Wind -- a renewables arm of the Pickens empire.

Additionally the project has been pushed through by the American Wind Alliance, a group comprising Mesa and GE.

The Goodhue project has attracted strong resistance throughout the area. Local opponents have been forming groups to seek half-mile (0.8 km) turbine setbacks, close scrutiny of AWA's 30-page contract and a one-year moratorium on wind projects.

Several reportedly contentious meetings have been held and more are on regional dockets.


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