Wind Farms Benefit Community, Individuals

I am a landowner who lives in rural McLean County and I host two wind turbines on my land as a part of the Twin Groves Wind Farm. I have been concerned to see opposition to wind projects across Central Illinois, including in DeWitt County, where I own land as well.

These turbines have been nothing but beneficial for the community I live in. As a landowner, whenever there has been a problem, it was resolved quickly and with priority. The only problem I’ve had was with service roads needing maintenance, but they always come to fix it quickly. There have never been problems with farming around the turbines. Nobody I know has gotten sick or had a seizure from the wind farm.

I believe wind farms are a part of the future of our state and region. In McLean County, we have seen improvements to roads and schools thanks to wind farm revenue. DeWitt County can benefit in the same way that we have here in McLean County.

I encourage landowners, communities, and elected officials across our state to look at the economic benefits of wind development, and be forward thinking in making decisions on potential projects.

Floyd Morefield, Bloomington

Found online here: https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/letters/wind-farms-benefit-community-individuals/article_01952b6f-0a21-5928-ae13-8183f5b229bf.html

Thanks for your support, Brigitte!

I am writing to voice my support for the Alta Farms wind project here in DeWitt county.

I am a resident here and I believe this is a tremendous opportunity we should not pass up!

I have attended many of the board meetings and have heard the arguments against this project. That is just what they are, disagreements. For every fact that says these are horrible devices riddled with danger, you can find the opposite argument based in science.

We could go on and on in this way, so it comes down to opinions really. I would like to plead to everyone’s common sense. It is good sense to offer more jobs here, no matter the timeline. It is good sense to secure income for our schools. It is good sense to be good stewards of the earth. The heart of the Midwest, that beautiful earth.

Adding another resource to harvest here can only strengthen the generations of family farms. It is good sense to what is in the best interest for the greater good, not a small percentage of people who oppose growth and progress. Let’s be sensible and take care of our county.

Brigitte Lamar
Clinton, IL

Found online here: https://dewittdailynews.com/letters/476701

Flabbergasted by Arguments Against Wind Project

Found online here: https://theclintonjournal.com/article/flabbergasted-by-arguments-against-wind-project

I went to the Regional Planning Commission meeting last week, which was focused on the windfarm proposed for DeWitt County by Tradewind.  The commission allowed those attending to comment on their feelings about the project.  

I was flabbergasted by the reasons given by those in opposition. Let me cite a few examples.

“I won’t be able to hunt and fish.”  I was unaware that a wind turbine had any effect on the number of fish or their ability to breed or on the number of deer or pheasants.  In counties that already have wind turbines, people continue to fish, and deer continue to be a hazard on the roadways, so I assume the deer population has not diminished in those counties.  

According to a study made by the Pheasants Forever group in Iowa, which gets 36 percent of its electric power from wind turbines, there has been no effect on the pheasant numbers.  More birds are killed colliding with cell towers than wind turbines.  No one wants to give up their cell phones.  Birds are also killed by cars.  No one wants to give those up either.

“I’m worried that my horses won’t breed.”  The biological need for a species to reproduce is very strong.  From Highway 51 that passes by Maroa, a driver can see a large herd of black cattle which pastures under and around the wind towers, as well as their calves in the spring.  When asked about the effects of the towers on his cattle, the farmer will answer that they have no effect.  He then will say with a grin, “but I have noticed the calves’ tails rotating in a circle right after they’re born.”  He treats the question with all the seriousness it deserves.

“The Bible says we should oppose these wind towers.”  This drew a lot of applause from those opposed to the towers.  The Bible does say that God placed the stewardship of the earth in our hands.  Over the past 100 years, we’ve been using primarily coal and oil for fuel and electricity.  The result has been pollution, a depletion of the ozone layer, and climate change.  Harvesting wind power seems to me a good alternative form of energy and a way of being a good steward of God’s earth.  Being in favor of wind power does not mean I’m out of favor with God.

“The towers will be bad for the Mahomet aquifer.”  Putting concrete pads 70 or more feet above the aquifer with multiple intervening layers of soil will not affect the aquifer.  If someone believes this, they should stop putting basements under their houses, stop creating buildings with concrete pads, and stop building parking lots. 

“It will be hard for farmers and crop dusters to work around.”  The farmers I know in Macon, Logan, and McLean counties say they have no problem farming around the wind towers, and the crop dusters they hire say they have no problem working around the towers.  I grew up in southeastern Illinois.  My hometown is an oil boomtown.  On the farm where I grew up and on the farms around me, the farmers had no trouble working around the oil wells that dotted the landscape.  We did have trouble with salt water spills, and fracking has created a multitude of earthquakes, particularly in Oklahoma.  Surely wind power is better than this scenario. 

“My house will have up to 46 hours of shadow flicker a year.”  That means an average of 7 ½ minutes of flicker per day under sunny conditions.  Not every day is sunny, though.  I realize this could be annoying, but I suggest closing the blinds, working in another part of the house, facing the other direction while outside, or taking a break from the barbecue for a few minutes if this bothers the people so much.  Shadow flicker is like driving past a row of trees in the sunshine and having alternating sunshine and shadow on your car.  It can be annoying but is not terminal. 

“Everyone here who spoke in favor of the wind farm is greedy and getting paid.”

Excuse me, my income comes from my teacher’s pension, and I’ve never taken a dime from Tradewind.  The same is true for others who spoke in favor of the windfarm.  Only one person on Tradesind’s payroll spoke.  He was at the very beginning and was up front about it.  

People who will receive money from the wind farm include the farmers who have contracts with the company, the people who build the wind farm, about two dozen permanent employees, and our schools, the county, and our library, in the form of taxes.

“I don’t want to look at them.”  Fair enough.  This is the main reason these people don’t want the wind towers.  They do not say how we offset the loss of tax money and jobs or how we mitigate the effects of fossil fuels on the earth’s climate if we turn down this project.  

What seems greedy to me is expecting everyone to pay more taxes so that the people against the project don’t have to look at the turbines.

Becky Adams

Clinton

Thanks for your support, Katherine!

Educate yourself on wind project.

There has been a lot of misinformation circulating since Tradewind resubmitted its application for the Alta Farms Wind Project a couple of weeks ago and I’d like to encourage everyone to get informed for yourself and not rely on the voices of a few in our community who simply don’t want this project to happen.

I’m frankly fed up with the scare tactics being used that would have you believe our water is at risk of being poisoned, our families are at risk of becoming ill and that somehow this project will affect weather forecasting. Those things are simply not true.

I recently visited the Tradewind office to learn more about this new phase in the project and they shared insightful third-party analyses on those concerns and more. They also reviewed in detail the differences between this application and the first one.

If you take the time to learn about this project for yourself, I think you’ll easily reach the same conclusions I’ve reached. This project is good for our community and poses no risk to our citizens.

-Katherine Bassett, Clinton

Thanks for your support, Benjamin!

DeWitt County Governmental Bodies Stonewalling Alta Farms Wind Project Application

Found online here: https://dewittdailynews.com/letters/470348

I am disappointed that the DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals have been stonewalling Tradewind’s new Alta Farms application. It is the county board’s role to approve or deny applications, not theirs.

When I was a McLean County Board member, our commissions always scheduled meetings in a timely manner in order to get them to the County Board. By delaying the application process, the DeWitt County RPC and ZBA are attempting to take that important role away from our elected officials.

It is time for these boards to do their jobs.

Benjamin Owens
Clinton, IL

Thanks for your support, Brendan!

Embrace jobs at wind farm

Found online: https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/letters/embrace-jobs-at-wind-farm/article_ad7e2b46-8e0c-58a1-ae8a-14ff15f9e8f4.html

I was excited to hear that Tradewind Energy is again pursuing a permit from DeWitt County to develop the Alta Farms wind farm. For me, projects like this are personal.

We all know times have been tough here and in other nearby communities. Opportunities for good-paying jobs we can actually do without traveling out of the county don’t come our way very often. When they do, we should embrace them with open arms.

Brendan Burton, Clinton

 

We‘ve heard from a lot of folks; residents, small business owners, landowners, community members, the men and women who build the turbine towers right here in this County – a lot of people sharing their immense support and encouragement at our Clinton office, over the phone, online, or in letters like this one from Brendan.

Please show your support – help spread the truth about Alta Farms Wind Project, and take a stand in supporting progress for DeWitt County.