Wind farm has backing, but it's quiet so far

Wind farms have support in Whiteside and Lee counties. I'm sure of that.

In a recent blog and column, I wrote about a Whiteside County public hearing for Mainstream Renewable Power's plan for nine wind turbines in the county's southeastern corner.

All of the speakers, with the exception of those from Mainstream, opposed the project.

In the item, I wrote, "What was missing at the hearing were the project's supporters, other than representatives of the wind energy company. ..."

Two readers questioned how I could make that assertion. One of them said I couldn't know that there were no others who supported the project without interviewing every single person in the room. And that would be difficult, because more than 70 attended. ESP would have helped, but I don't have it.

The readers had a point. I should have specified that all of those who spoke were against the project. Certainly, some in the audience backed it. They just weren't vocal about it.

I was surprised that no one expressed support for it during the hearing, other than Mainstream. In another state, I once covered a battle in which landowners getting turbines and economic development officials spoke out frequently in support of a proposed wind farm.

The public hearing for Mainstream's project continues next Wednesday, where it's possible that the company could get some vocal backing.

Sauk Valley Media reporter David Giuliani covers the Whiteside and Lee county governments, Morrison and other smaller communities. He can be reached at dgiuliani@saukvalley or at 800-798-4085, ext. 525.