LETTER: Unfulfilled promises
To the Editor:
A letter in the local paper on March 24, 2015, and signed by investor (24K) Ron Hornstra, president of Prevailing Winds, read in part: "We will be holding open house meetings (more than one) for those who want to learn more."
I am very disappointed this promise hasn't been fulfilled. Four secret meetings have been held: two in a farm house seven miles northwest of Avon, one in Tripp and one in a house 12 miles north of Avon.
In a daily newspaper article written by a Nebraska native and a policy program associate for the Center for Rural Affairs, and also a supporter of wind farms, feels it is important that local officials and developers work to identify and address concerns that surround wind projects. New projects should seek to include significant public input and community members must be provided with vital information on development process and operation of wind projects.
After the PUC meeting in Avon last August that cost the investors $62,000, it was very clear that the community did not support another wind farm closer to Avon. When a project is dominated by secrecy it gives the appearance that they want to push this project in through the back toor.
On July 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. it was 92 degrees, air conditioners are running, irrigation units are running, a lot of electricity is being used. The $143 million wind farm north of Avon that we as customers of NorthWestern are paying for, is not running. This proves that NorthWestern has plenty of power without the wind farm. They were forced into this project because of a federal policy, PURPA.
The winners were the investors, at the expense of the 60,000 plus NorthWestern customers.
Ed Van Gerpen