While Tradewind’s application is similar on the surface to the complete application submitted last year, there are some key differences worth noting that make this application more substantial and one we continue to believe citizens of DeWitt County can support. Those include:
- Nearly a year’s worth of additional development activities have been completed (e.g., engineering work on the wind farm design and public road improvements, final geotechnical work, landowner approval of the site plan)
- Turbine models reduced from 13 make/model combinations to four. All are 4 MW or larger, meaning we can generate more power with fewer turbines.
- Securing several important permits and contracts.
- Directly addressing several comments raised during the first review process, including:
- An independent report concluding there will be no impacts by the project to the vital Mahomet Aquifer
- A commitment to curtail the wind farm anytime the National Weather Service issues a severe weather or tornado warning for DeWitt County
- Proposed utilization of DeTect’s Harrier Aircraft Detection Lighting System
- Improved Sound and Shadow Flicker reports to ease readability.
We look forward to talking more about these topics in the upcoming hearings, but more importantly we encourage you to stop by our Clinton office to get your questions answered directly. If you’re unable to make a trip to our office, you can call us or send us a direct message to request more information on the new application and we will respond as soon as possible.