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Thank You: Dickinson County Supervisors Recognize Benefits of Red Rock Wind Energy Center

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After months of deliberations and teamwork, the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors passed workable updates to the county's wind energy ordinance. The County has developed a clear and enforceable policy that upholds the interests of residents and protects the natural resources of northwest Iowa. This is a challenging job, but the supervisors have done so while maintaining opportunities for the Lakes area to benefit economically from renewable energy development.

Thank you to the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors for their dedication to make decisions that best represent the community.

While there are elements of the ordinance that could have made it more workable to invest in wind energy development Dickinson County, we understand that an ordinance like this requires compromise and, most importantly, consideration of all perspectives. We appreciate having the opportunity to share our perspective over the past several months. We respect the proposed ordinance amendment as the culmination of a deliberate, inclusive, and transparent process.

Renewable energy development like Invenergy's Red Rock Wind Energy Center offers a breadth of opportunities. Throughout the project's life, Red Rock is projected to generate over $241 million in tax revenue and land lease payments. These funds will support family farms, community development projects, infrastructure, and public schools.

Invenergy believes in putting communities first. We put down roots in Dickinson County, opening the Red Rock office space in the heart of Spirit Lake. This has offered a place to have conversations and answer questions residents have about the project. That’s why we incorporated the community’s feedback into our project design by taking land out of the original footprint to address DNR and land use concerns.

As a part of the community, we believe in paying it forward to groups and organizations that make Dickinson County a better place. Invenergy has already partnered the Dickinson County EMS Association’s education programs to donate new training equipment for those in training. This is just the beginning.

The Iowa Great Lakes area is a special place, and we are honored to be a part of it in a meaningful way. The key to maintaining a strong community is to enhance its greatness, and we are committed to being the best neighbor we can be. 

We appreciate the community’s support and look forward to continuing to strengthen Dickinson, Emmet, and Clay Counties together.

Joseph Crowley, Invenergy

1401 17th St #1100, Denver, CO 80202

(310) 365-3112

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