The expansion additionally has sparked a backlash from some property house owners in rural areas and small cities. They’ve complained about noise from whirring blades, “flicker” from their shadows, lighting for generators at night time and the marring of once-glorious views.
“Now, our lifestyle won’t ever be the identical,” Janet Beene, whose household has a farm southwest of Fort Scott, contained in the footprint of a deliberate wind farm, stated in written testimony. “The gorgeous pastures with superb sunsets won’t ever be the identical. And what in regards to the pasture and cropland that’s being destroyed for this so-called ‘inexperienced power’?”
Supporters of the invoice argue that property house owners face the adverse results of huge generators even when they refuse to permit them on their property as a result of their neighbors cannot resist firms’ funds. They stated county officers are sometimes ill-equipped to take care of “industrial wind” and its attorneys, making state laws obligatory.
“It might additionally curb industrial wind firms from intimidating and bullying the counties and cities of Kansas into submission,” Nick Aberle, a Sabetha farmer, testified this week.
Wind power advocates stated they’ve all the time been delicate to such issues as a result of they need power to be sustainable. In addition they argued this week that the business has gotten higher in making siting selections.