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How has the project benefited or divided the communities that surround it?
Though still a long way from fruition — or even a concrete application — the prospect of up to about 50 turbines and 200 megawatts has already stoked debate across some of the surrounding farms and growing bedroom communities of Monroe County.
Opponents of the Osborn Wind Energy Center have created a group called Concerned Citizens For The Future of Clinton and DeKalb counties in an effort to derail the project, despite early moves toward construction,
Signs in opposition to the Osborn Wind Energy Center building, a wind farm in Clinton and DeKalb counties, can be seen on U.S. Highway 36. An action has been filed in DeKalb County Circuit Court that questions the method of applying for permits for the work being done for the project.
Changes to the landscape are inevitable. But farmers shouldn’t be conscripted to serve a climate-change agenda. States should think twice before granting the power of eminent domain to developers of renewable-energy projects, who should have to negotiate with individual landowners like everybody else.
For our part, we always felt uneasy about this proposal but joined with others in wanting to defer to the experts. The problem, however, is government oversight of wind farm developers is limited, meaning expert opinions carry less weight. In the end, Element Power withdrew the project rather than try to scale back operations to meet conservationists’ compelling arguments.
The Atchison County Courthouse is dwarfed by wind turbines in Rock Port, Mo. The wind facility consists of four massive wind turbines up to 350 feet from the base to blade tip.