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The realities of living in an industrial wind energy plant

Dave & Stephanie Hulthen, a young couple in their mid 30′s, and their four young children, live within the NextERA wind energy facility erected in DeKalb County IL. The Hulthen's tell the story of living in a wind project. They were invited to speak by the Whitley County Concerned Citizens of Whitley County, Indiana. Duration:  1 hour 20 minutes http://www.wcccitizens.org/realities-legalities/ 
2 Sep 2012

Panel may eye setbacks this week

No one should bank on it, but the Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals might finally dig its teeth into the biggest issue related to wind energy regulations. That would be the required distance between wind turbines and homes. On Dec. 15, the panel spent the last 10 minutes of its 2-hour meeting looking at the setback issue.
3 Jan 2012

Living with the negative effects of wind turbines

As we sit on our patio, we are looking at 31 turbines spinning. The sound is a monotonous sound of whish, whish that can vary in intensity and, at times, has sounded like a train rumbling down a track. I refer to it as irritating, like a dripping faucet. It just never stops, unless the turbine is not running. The beautiful countryside in our area has disappeared, along with the quiet and peaceful county living we once had.
24 Aug 2011

Big money and Big Sky

According to the first nuisance complaint of the lawsuit, all four farms have decreased and will continue to decrease in value due to the "planned and imminent development, construction and operation of the Big Sky wind farm." In addition, the development will make it more difficult to lease the rental home on one of the properties.
9 Jul 2010

What to do with all that wind?

What we have here are miles and miles of visual pollution. Those who imagined that a wind farm would consist of a half dozen or so wind turbines scattered about in the boonies should take the drive. By some estimates, the hundreds of wind turbines produce enough energy to power a city of 250,000. Imagine what it would have to look like to power a city of 3 million.
30 Jun 2010

Wind farms stir debate on their value

According to an ongoing survey conducted by 13 members of the Informed Farmers, 85 percent of landowners surveyed oppose the wind farm. So far they have spoken with 68 landowners possessing approximately 26,500 acres in the proposed wind farm area who oppose the project and only 10 landowners possessing approximately 2,200 acres who support the Green River Wind Farm and have signed on.
11 Jun 2010

Our life with DeKalb wind turbines

DeKalb County, Illinois is near Chicago. In fact, many people who live in DeKalb work in the City. In 2009, NextERA, formerly known as FPL Energy and one of the largest wind developers in the United States, pushed through approval of its 151-turbine facility spanning the counties of Lee and DeKalb. The residents of DeKalb fought the development; an appeal of the approval order was filed and still pending in the Courts. Nonetheless, NextERA proceeded to construct and commission the project. The fears of the residents have become reality. Below is a sample of what a family in DeKalb County is now experiencing -- and they are not alone.
31 May 2010

Our life with DeKalb wind turbines

DeKalb County, Illinois is near Chicago. In fact, many people who live in DeKalb work in the City. In 2009, NextERA, formerly known as FPL Energy and one of the largest wind developers in the United States, pushed through approval of its 151-turbine facility spanning the counties of Lee and DeKalb. The residents of DeKalb fought the development; an appeal of the approval order was filed and still pending in the Courts. Nonetheless, NextERA proceeded to construct and commission the project. The fears of the residents have become reality. Below is a sample of what a family in DeKalb County is now experiencing -- and they are not alone.
31 May 2010

Consequences of wind development aren't always in landowners' control

The loss of aerial application services isn’t the only negative consequence that wind turbines can have on farmers’ productivity. A deeper problem exists, literally. Steier has had conversations with friends and former customers who have lamented a major consideration they overlooked before signing their lease agreement: the impact of wind turbine construction and maintenance on their farm drainage systems.
1 May 2010

Just say no to gigantic turbines

There is growing opposition to the installation of utility wind turbines in the United States. Citizens have learned that living among these enormous structures has a negative impact upon their personal well-being and the social fabric of their communities. Public officials, quick to approve these structures, were blinded by potential revenues.
20 Apr 2010

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Illinois&topic=Impact+on+Landscape
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