Panel blows off wind farm
DIXON – Lee County’s zoning board rejected a proposed wind farm Wednesday, reversing its traditional support for such projects.
In a 3-2 vote, the zoning board of appeals recommended denial of Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power’s proposed 53 turbines. The county board, which meets May 21, has the final say.
The decision ended a decade in which the wind energy industry largely drove the county’s approval process. The industry’s foes viewed the board’s longtime members as rubber stampers of wind projects – in a county that saw the state’s first wind farm.
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