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Generating controversy

Beth Einsele of Shabbona doesn't have one nice thing to say about windmill farms. They're dinosaurs, the Realtor said about the rows of typically white whooshing turbines. They're offensive to home buyers. They're dangerous. They don't produce anything. ...Not surprisingly, Einsele is among those opposing a 151 turbine wind farm proposed for ...DeKalb and Lee counties. The project is proposed by Florida Power & Light Energy Illinois Wind LLC.

Beth Einsele of Shabbona doesn't have one nice thing to say about windmill farms.

They're dinosaurs, the Realtor said about the rows of typically white whooshing turbines.

They're offensive to home buyers. They're dangerous. They don't produce anything.

Einsele ticks off each complaint with growing disgust.

Not surprisingly, Einsele is among those opposing a 151 turbine wind farm proposed for about 200 acres of farmland straddling DeKalb and Lee counties.

The project is proposed by Florida Power & Light Energy Illinois Wind LLC.

This is the Florida-based company's second wind farm proposal for DeKalb County, according to County Board Chairman Ruth Anne Tobias. The first proposal, Tobias said, was made in 2003.

Thursday night, county leaders, residents and members of the Florida company gathered for a public hearing on the proposal at the DeKalb County Health Department.

Tobias doesn't expect the matter to come before the DeKalb board anytime before April. And until then, Tobias says, she's not going to comment on the proposal because doing so would be inappropriate.

Jobs and taxes

Florida Power & Light says the project will not only produce enough... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Beth Einsele of Shabbona doesn't have one nice thing to say about windmill farms.

They're dinosaurs, the Realtor said about the rows of typically white whooshing turbines.

They're offensive to home buyers. They're dangerous. They don't produce anything.

Einsele ticks off each complaint with growing disgust.

Not surprisingly, Einsele is among those opposing a 151 turbine wind farm proposed for about 200 acres of farmland straddling DeKalb and Lee counties.

The project is proposed by Florida Power & Light Energy Illinois Wind LLC.

This is the Florida-based company's second wind farm proposal for DeKalb County, according to County Board Chairman Ruth Anne Tobias. The first proposal, Tobias said, was made in 2003.

Thursday night, county leaders, residents and members of the Florida company gathered for a public hearing on the proposal at the DeKalb County Health Department.

Tobias doesn't expect the matter to come before the DeKalb board anytime before April. And until then, Tobias says, she's not going to comment on the proposal because doing so would be inappropriate.

Jobs and taxes

Florida Power & Light says the project will not only produce enough renewable electricity to power 55,000 homes, but it will also create jobs and generate more than $1 million in taxes for each county.

The project calls for the construction of 133 roughly 262-foot-tall turbines in DeKalb County in the villages of Lee and Shabbona and 18 turbines in Lee County.

The location is ideal because it's windy and high-voltage transmission lines -- which carry the wind energy -- are already in place, says Mary Wells with NextEra Energy Resources, parent company of Florida Power & Light.

In its application for a special-use permit, the company assured DeKalb County leaders:

• Farmers can continue to plant and fertilize crops on the land and livestock can still graze there.

• The tubular towers have no guy wire and they're painted an off-white color, which helps the towers blend into the landscape.

• The towers don't attract birds and the slow turn of the rotors helps reduce noise.

• The project promotes the public health, safety and welfare of county residents and will not disrupt or lessen the overall quality of life.

Windmill drawbacks

Einsele and other windmill farm opponents, who have united under the name Citizens for Open Government, don't buy it.

Decreasing property values due to the massive turbines is Einsele's prime concern.

She also voices concern about the shadows turbine blades create during the day and the turbines' red blinking lights at night.

Then there's the perpetual whooshing noise and the potential for turbines to explode into flames and black smoke, she says.

"They will bring down property values once they've been erected," Einsele notes with a sense of certainty.

"You don't want to build a new house near a wind farm."


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FEB 20 2009
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