By Andrew Turck
The Holyoke Enterprise 

Commissioners open County to future wind farms


November 30, 2022

(Andrew Turck | The Holyoke Enterprise)

FORMER County Commissioner Joe Kinnie speaks on the declining wells in Phillips County. Commissioner Tom Timm echoed this idea later, stating he wanted to vote on wind energy regulations that day to open new opportunities in the face of a drought.

With their final decision, Phillips County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a resolution and regulations governing the placement of wind energy facilities in the county. Also referred to as "wind farms," these facilities produce electricity through the use of spinning turbine blades powered by wind that, in turn, power generators.

Previously, the council had adopted a moratorium on these facilities, which ended Oct. 19.

More than 20 people arrived at the County Courthouse and lined the walls for 9:05 a.m. public comment; many of them wanted to postpone the vote. Shannon Schlachter,...

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