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Wind-energy development to be topic of area forum Wednesday

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

GRAND MEADOW — Leaders in Mower County, an increasingly attractive location for wind-energy projects, have scheduled a forum for Wednesday to explain development options to landowners and answer questions.

The discussion, featuring several experts, will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grumpy’s restaurant in Grand Meadow, south of Rochester. It’s free and open to the public. The hosts are Development Corp. of Austin and the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dan Juhl, considered an expert in community-based energy development, is scheduled to be among the forum’s panelists. Juhl, of DanMar Associates, has worked in the wind industry for 25 years, including designing and manufacturing a 25-kilowatt wind turbine, maintaining wind turbines and providing technical and consulting services.

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Mower County Board member Ray Tucker, who represents the county’s eastern half, where most of the wind-energy projects are happening, is scheduled to give a presentation on current and planned wind projects in the county.

The panel is also expected to include Kenric Scheevel, a government-affairs specialist with Dairyland Power Cooperative, which includes Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services. Based in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland provides wholesale electrical and services for 25 electric-distribution cooperatives and 19 municipal utilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan. Also tentatively scheduled to be at the forum is John Fuller, counsel for the Minnesota Senate’s Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee.

A version of this article appears in the Austin Post-Bulletin.

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