Dakota Power Community Wind would have Lincoln County residents believe that the wind farm opposition is nothing more than a bunch of whiners concerned only with the view of their countryside. DPCW has also noted the Lincoln County Commissioners’ about-face in the degree of support since the initial proposal. A lot of information has since been provided that blows holes in the rosy, distorted projections for a wind farm. The commissioners are now in a position to make an informed decision, not one fueled by speculative numbers, proposed energy contracts and slanted propaganda.
A majority of the population of Lincoln County resides in and near Sioux Falls and is represented by four commissioners. However, the land area is dwarfed by District 2, which is comprised of 13 townships and five communities. This district effectively has no representation for its residents, since Commissioner Dave Gillespie is obligated to recuse himself because of conflict of interest, having signed a contract with DPCW.
The purported tax revenue for local schools was legislated in 2016 to be distributed throughout the state, not kept in our county. Our rural electric cooperatives have run numerous articles in their monthly magazine documenting electrical costs three times what we are paying now, when they are forced to depend heavily on unreliable wind power. The efficiency and life expectancy of turbines do not support the 50-year commitment required, and even a bit of cursory research reveals that area projects have woefully inadequate plans or funds in place when turbines are damaged or wear out, leaving a turbine graveyard. They are not biodegradable.
Technology is rapidly progressing in the area of wind energy research. Smaller, more efficient turbine models are being developed. Consider the computers that originally took up the space of a large room that now fit in the palm of your hand. Give this industry the opportunity to improve their product before committing to dotting the landscape with dinosaurs.