Impact on Landscape
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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.
Timothy Yancey's home sits within the footprint of the massive Maple Ridge wind energy facility in Lowville, NY. His, experience mirrors that of others living with industrial scale turbines.
The residents of Michigan's Thumb area have been writing about their experience living near industrial scale turbines. Their individual stories are remarkably consistent regarding noise, flicker, sleep interruptions, and feelings of helplessness. The testimony of one Thumb resident is included on this page. Many others can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, New York. Jessica lives in the Town of Sheldon located in Wyoming County, New York. Her home is surrounded by Invenergy's High Sheldon wind energy facility with 75 1.5 MW GE SLE turbines. The total installed capacity for the facility is 112.5 megawatts. The towers stand 397 feet in height, spanning from tower base to blade tip. The turbines were commissioned in January 2009 and the impact of the massive animated structures on nearby residents was immediate as Jessica describes in her own words.