"This project was not exceptional. This project was not exceptionally bad. There are many wind projects in this state that pose a more significant threat to sustainability and wildlife than the New Era project. They just haven't gotten the public attention and participation on the local level that we saw in Goodhue County," she said.
New Era's chief manager, Peter Mastic, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. The company told the PUC this summer that it had spent over $15 million on the project.
The four-year-old project originally was known as AWA Goodhue Wind and was led by Texas energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, whose group later sold it to Mastic.