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One ordinance change would require 2-mile setbacks for wind turbines, which officials say would prevent Tradewind Energy from building a 200-megawatt wind farm in northeast Walworth County.
The meeting, which closed in on three hours, ended with the commissioners narrowly voting to approve the property value guarantee, a 1,500 foot setback for participating landowners and six times the distance of the tower length or 3,000 feet setbacks from non-participating landowners. The ordinance will still get two readings before the Deuel County Commissioners April 18 and April 25.
Several residents spoke out against a 1,000-foot setback proposed as a buffer between a person's home and a wind tower, many citing potentially diminished property value and possible health effects the towers could cause.
Scott pointed to health and safety concerns, and wondered how a wind turbine within 1,000 feet of his home could potentially impact his property value. Scott's concerns come approximately one year after the commission denied a 9- to 11-turbine wind farm just down the road from his property.
Meeting at the Clear Lake Community Center in front of an audience of at least 200 people, the county commission didn’t get very far when it came time to possibly approving or denying the proposed ordinance revisions recommended by the Deuel County Planning and Zoning Board in January.
"Basically, the main issue was, of course, wind energy setbacks," Hare said. "At a previous meeting, they had modified the setbacks to 2,600 feet. Then they moved to change the setbacks back to the original 2 miles. For the wind energy people, that pretty much kills the deal."
The widow of a South Dakota man who was killed in a plane crash in 2014 is blaming the Federal Aviation Administration for the accident.
I read with some amusement Brian Minish’s Dec. 30 letter to the editor, as there are so many facts missing.
Lincoln County residents worried about the impact of a planned wind energy project will have to wait until February at the soonest for a final resolution on the project. County commissioners decided Tuesday to punt until 2017 on a set of proposed restrictions on wind turbines in the fast-growing county that includes the southern edge of Sioux Falls.
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 future of a wind power project in Deuel County is still undecided following another Deuel County Zoning Board meeting this week in Clear Lake.
Lincoln County voted to bar industrial wind development Tuesday night, backers of a massive turbine farm say.
The Deuel County Zoning Board narrowly denied an application by Flying Cow Wind, LCC, to build a wind farm near Lake Cochrane. The Bitter Root Wind Farm would have put up to 14 wind turbines on agricultural land on the eastern edge of the county near the Minnesota border.
A proposed wind farm near Avon has pulled its application for a state permit, one week after nearly 300 people attended a sharply divided public hearing for the project.
Carrie Walkes of Avon, who has taught college nursing courses, spoke of her concerns about reported negative health effects of wind turbines. To prove one of her points, she touched Avon Clarion publisher Jack Brodeen — who volunteered for the demonstration — with a tuning fork. "I did feel it, and it would not be comfortable," Brodeen said.
A proposed 201-megawatt wind farm faces its next challenge this week, as state officials hold a hearing in the vicinity of the proposed Prevailing Winds site.
While some communities have welcomed wind farms with open arms, others are actively working to prevent them. “Of the 77 registered voters, 50 of them did sign a petition against it,” Letcher Township Supervisor Murray VanLaecken said.
Every night, I can sit in my lazy boy and see the red lights flicker. When I put up hay almost next to the towers, I can hear them, see their obnoxious 500-plus feet steel structures ruin the skyline, and experience the shadow flicker when the sun is coming up or going down. ...Do your homework. They will ruin your quality of life.
The township adopted an ordinance to establish a 1-mile setback for any turbine larger than 75 feet tall. Under the approved ordinance, no large wind energy system could be built within 5,280 feet of the nearest residence of a non-participating homeowner, or within 1,500 feet of the nearest neighbor's property line. ..."We're not against wind energy; I think wind energy is great," Amick said before the meeting. "But an overwhelming majority of the township residents have voiced their opinion on this, with signing the petition."
LETCHER — Opposition to the construction of turbines in rural Letcher hasn't knocked the wind out of the project's sails.