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Counterpoint: The negative impacts of turbines have generated significant opposition.
Before the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a construction contract for a wind farm in the northeast portion of the county on Oct. 24, a lawsuit was filed against the developer and owner of the project.
In a three to two vote, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors past a resolution conditionally approving the wind energy conversion system site plan review and approval application for permit during their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 24, as well as discussing and acting on the decommission agreement.
Tensions were high Tuesday morning as the Palo Alto Board of Supervisors prepared to vote on the proposal for the county's first wind farm. Even the board was split and said it was a hard decision that has weighed on them.
"It's impossible to avoid harm," Veltri said. "I think that applies to any action or decision, it's impossible to avoid harm. What you need to do is limit the harms as much as possible and you also need to weigh what are the possible benefits and that's the way I understood it in medical practice. I wasn't going to do any intentional harm unless the benefits outweighed the likely harm I was inflicting."
Editor's Note: This is a continuation of the story titled "Tempers Flare at Public Hearing on Wind Turbine Application" that ran in the Reporter on Oct.10.
Editor's note: This is a continuation of the story titled "Tempers Flare at Public Hearing on Wind Turbine Application" that ran in the Reporter on Oct. 10.
Area residents and landowners voiced their opposition to the Palo Alto Wind Project to the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
The atmosphere was tense and tempers flared during the public hearing held by the Palo Alto County Supervisors on Thursday, Oct. 5. The meeting was held to review the wind turbine application submitted by Invenergy as well as giving the public an opportunity to give comments regarding their feelings of the proposed Palo Alto Wind Project.
The document attached to this page is a "Wind Farm Neighbor Easement" agreement signed between wind project developer, Invenergy, and property owners with land adjacent to the Ida Grove Wind Project, a 300-megawatt project cconsistng of 120-GE 2.3-MW and 14-GE 1.79-MW turbines. The project was proposed by Invenergy and now owned by MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC) in Iowa. The project was placed in service at the end of 2016. Paragraphs from the agreement are excerpted and presented below. The full document can be accessed by clicking the document icon on this page.
SPENCER, Iowa — More wind turbines are set to sprout on rural Northwest Iowa farmland in the coming years.
A growing number of mostly rural citizens are coming together to stop this industrial onslaught on our rural communities. We are connected state by state, country by country, across the Internet. We make documentaries, write books, write articles, speak with lawmakers, give presentations, maintain websites and have our own supporting experts.
After more than a year of discussions with Interstate, Optimum finally filed a complaint in April with the Iowa Utilities Board. It alleges that Alliant made a “non-negotiable” offer to purchase power at a rate and under terms that, according to Optimum, ensure that “these projects will not be able to secure financing.”
An informational meeting regarding the Palo Alto County Wind Project was held by the Palo Alto County Supervisors on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Emmetsburg VFW. With well over 50 people in attendance, the meeting was a chance for residents of Palo Alto County to express their opinions as well as for experts in several fields to answer any questions that arose.
William Shay, the lead attorney for the alliance, said the court agreed with the Illinois Landowners Alliance, Farm Bureau and ComEd on the definition of public utility. "The Court noted that nothing stops Rock Island (Clean Line) from seeking to develop its project as a private facility, but it will not have public utility status, including the right to condemn landowner easements through eminent domain," he added.
MINNESOTA -- A proposed project would see the construction of 100 wind turbines, spread over two counties in two states. The farm would be built in Freeborn County, Minn. and Worth County, Iowa.
The various companies currently operating in Palo Alto County would have us believe that their proposed 177-turbine project is all but a done deal. In fact, a neighbor of mine was approached just a week or so ago for permission to cross his land with connecting cables. When he declined, the man insinuated that they would be able to do so anyway.
Farmers feel outnumbered and outfinanced by powerful energy companies, government officials, and green energy advocates, all of whom they say have incentive to ignore their problems. The key word here is setbacks, which is the distance turbines must be kept from occupied buildings, property lines, and roads. Farmers say if they had input on setbacks or could vote on where turbines were built, many of their problems would be minimized or eliminated altogether.
“I think that 90 days is very little to ask for what’s going to affect this county and the people who live in this county — how they live, how safe they are and what their health is — for the next 30 or 40 years,” Cory said.
“I don’t think our ordinance with a 60 decibel sound limit and no word of a setback from an occupied residence protects my health and well-being,” McGarvey said. “In effect, they have trespass rights on my property with ice throw, blade throw, whatever. That isn’t right.” Resident Greg Cory joined those calling for county government leaders to start the discussion now.