In Montfort, wind is ‘just another cash crop’

Posted on May 7, 2007. Filed under: Wind |

Michael Vickerman said: The author of the La Crosse Tribue article researched the principal complaints circulated by various anti-wind hysterics and found them wanting. I’m not sure if I’ve read a more fair and accurate assessment on windpower’s presumed impacts on neighbors and the environment that was written by a newspaper reporter. The article also features a thorough round-up of windpower developments in western Wisconsin:

MONTFORT, Wis. — Half a century ago, noisy coal trains stopped just outside this Iowa County village to refill their boilers and coal cars.

Today, near the abandoned 90-foot-high coal tower, windmills generate clean power. . . .

Clifton and Marion Leix, . . . land owner[s] with three turbines, often meet with visitors. Clifton said the first question always is, “Did you have any opposition when they put them up?”

There was little opposition at the time, said Clifton, who serves on the town board and the Iowa County Board.

“Only had one person who was afraid it would scare the horses,” Clifton said. “But the cows lay under them like it’s nothing.”

Leix said other frequent questions include “Are they noisy?”, “Do they kill birds?” and “How much money are you getting?”

Clifton said noise from Hwy. 18 is “more than 10 times worse” than the turbines.

Gregg Hanson, Westby’s director of public works, said he was “quite impressed with the lack of noise” during a tour in March.

Bird deaths haven’t been a problem, either, Clifton said.

“The neighbors all think they’re pretty awesome,” Clifton said, adding they’ve had no negative effect on property values.


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