Stutsman County officials acting correctly on wind farm issues
Stutsman County officials should not be cowed by a wind developer whose business model condones theft of wind rights or be misled by a state legislator. They are to be commended for trying to protect landowner rights and safeguard the reputation of a growing and beneficial wind industry. If only our Dickey County Commission, the North Dakota Public Service Commission and the Legislative Assembly would show similar leadership.
February 27, 2009
by Brad Crabtree
in The Jamestown Sun
Statements made by Ted Weisman of Florida Power and Light and Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, before the Stutsman County Commission ("Commission hears about wind farm operation, Feb. 18) merit a response.
Weismann said he is unaware of any county with similar setbacks that has a wind turbine - the implication being that, if Stutsman County implements setbacks, it will see no wind energy development.
FPL executive John DiDonato made a more explicit public statement in 2005 after Spring Valley Township in Dickey County implemented the state's first wind zoning ordinance that requires a five-rotor-diameter turbine setback from the boundary of... [continue via Web link]