As BigWind (plans) a spread across Ohio, Iowa has begun a quiet revolt. Iowa, home to thousands of turbines, now has individuals who are EDUCATED/INFORMED about the risks associated with these machines. Has the tide begun to turn against BigWind there? Have you joined a local anti-wind Ohio group? Have you become informed? The time is now, because the article, below is a RARE occurrence….one they’re up, it’s usually too late…
Developers who invested $11 million to install three wind turbines in eastern Iowa are tearing them down, after losing a legal battle waged by nearby residents.
It’s only the second time nationally a judge has ordered wind turbines to be torn down and a first in Iowa.
“It’s great. We love it,” said Cheyney Hershey, whose young family lives near the turbines. “You can’t sit outside on the deck and have a conversation without the constant thumping of the blades going round.”
The noise can even be heard inside his home, Hershey said: “There was nowhere to get away from them.”
His family and others watch daily to see what work has been done: Crews have torn down two turbines and are dismantling the third. They have until Dec. 9 to complete the work….
She said the wind developers have been “bullies,” moving ahead with building the turbines knowing local landowners had filed a lawsuit against the project.
“They just weren’t considerate of the townspeople,” said Kerns, who is concerned about the impact of the turbines on the health of neighbors.
She said some residents have complained about nausea and sleep deprivation from the turbines. Flickers from the turbines create an effect “like being back in the ’70s with the strobe lights,” she said….
“Unless you live under a turbine, you don’t understand what it’s like,” said Kerns, who built a home near her family’s farm….
‘It’s all about the money’
Iowa has embraced wind energy since adopting a renewable energy portfolio in 1983.
The state gets 37 percent of its electricity from wind energy generation, the largest share in the nation. Wind energy generation is second only to coal…
Growing investment has brought opposition, including legal challenges in Fayette, Palo Alto and Black Hawk counties.
“The courts are the only place we have to defend ourselves,” said Janna Swanson, a wind opponent who lives in northwest Iowa, where some neighbors are challenging whether the wind farms need state utility board permits to operate.
The Iowa Utilities Board says no, but the ruling is being appealed.
County officials and landowners who lease land to wind developers like the money the turbines bring, said Harold Youngblut, a Black Hawk County farmer who is fighting a $120 million wind project in court.
“It’s all about the money,” instead of about local residents’ concerns, said Youngblut, whose attorney is challenging whether high-dollar farmland can be used to build large wind farms.
MidAmerican Energy, for example, sent $16 million last year in payments to landowners and $20 million in property taxes statewide.
The Black Hawk County wind developer planned, but later killed, a turbine project across the street from Youngblut’s family farm, where his son and family now live.
Still, Youngblut is sticking with the lawsuit.
“We need to stand up for what we believe is right,” Youngblut said. “I don’t like being in a lawsuit. But I believe there are too many unanswered question about these turbines.”…