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ESE Town Hall Meeting "PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE A LARGE WIND ENERGY PROJECT IN RURAL ILLINOIS - WHO IS FOR IT AND WHO IS AGAINST IT"

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Town Hall Meeting

Stanford University
VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

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IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PUMPING A
RECORD $370 BILLION INTO CLEAN ENERGY. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THE NATION’S

ELECTRICITY BE CARBON FREE BY 2035 AND MANY STATES AND UTILITIES PLAN TO RAMP
UP WIND AND SOLAR POWER TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY. AT PRESENT FUEL SOURCES
FOR ELECTRIC GENERATION ARE 60% FOSSIL FUELS, NUCLEAR 19% AND RENEWABLE
ENERGY (WIND, SOLAR, HYDROELECTRIC, ETC) 21%. WHO DOESN’T WANT CLEAN
ENERGY, BUT PLANS TO BUILD RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES ARE NOT WELCOMED BY
EVERYONE. IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS A DEBATE IS TAKING PLACE OVER THE PLAN BY A
DEVELOPER OF WIND POWER TO LOCATE A HUGE WIND FARM IN A RURAL AREA. THIS IS A
$500 MILLION PROJECT THAT WILL GENERATE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER 100,000
HOMES. THOSE HOMES NOW USE ELECTRICITY GENERATED FROM A MIX OF NUCLEAR,
NATURAL GAS, COAL, AND A FEW WIND TURBINES. IF COMPLETED THE TURBINES, EACH
AS TALL AS 610 FEET, WILL OCCUPY 34,000 ACRES OF FARMLAND. MANY RESIDENTS ARE
IN FAVOR OF THE PROJECT BECAUSE OF ITS POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
AND INCREASED TAX REVENUES AND JOBS. ON THE OTHER SIDE RESIDENTS EXPRESS
CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY; SPECIFICALLY, HARMFUL NOISE LEVELS,
DEATHS OF BIRDS THAT FLY INTO THE WINDMILLS, HAVING TO LIVE IN THE SHADOW IN
THE SHADOW OF A THIRTY-STORY STRUCTURE AND REDUCED PROPERTY VALUES.
THE TOWN HALL WILL BE A MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO ALLOW THE COUNTY
BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR TESTIMONY AND ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES. FOLLOWING
THE MEETING, THE BOARD WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO GRANT THE PERMIT.
STUDENTS WILL ASSUME THE ROLES OF VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING THE
COUNTY BOARD, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEVELOPER, LANDOWNERS, FARMERS, REAL
ESTATE AGENTS, CITIZEN GROUPS FOR AND AGAINST THE PROJECT, ENVIRONMENTAL
ORGANIZATIONS, LOCAL AND STATE POLITICIANS, AND REGULATORS.
 

THE SEMINAR IS PART OF A WINTER QUARTER CLASS, ENERGY 167/267, ENGINEERING
VALUATION AND APPRAISAL OF ENERGY ASSETS & PROJECTS TAUGHT BY PROFESSORS
KIRAN PANDE AND WARREN KOURT

MEMBERS OF THE STANFORD COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT KIRAN PANDE KKPANDE@STANFORD.EDU OR WARREN KOURT WPKOURT@AOL.COM

 

 

 

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