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Fourth-generation farmer favors wind project

• Oct 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM

NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Kevin Erf of Bellevue:

Being a fourth generation farmer, I know the importance of preserving a family legacy and keeping my family’s farm for generations to come. Our family has owned this land for over 150 years; therefore I believe it is the landowners right to do as they please with their land, especially when there is an opportunity to benefit the community. That’s why I was confused when there was so much uproar about the Emerson Creek Wind Project.

The Emerson Creek Wind Project will produce hundreds of construction jobs as well as numerous full time jobs once the project is completed. The schools will also benefit greatly from this project through long-term tax revenues.

There is a common misconception that the Good Neighbor Agreements (GNAs) will change the state issued setback laws. This is false information, as it does not change state laws, however it does mean that you will be compensated for your neighbors wind turbine.

Another misconception is that as a good neighbor you must purchase a commercial insurance policy. After talking with my agent, that information is also false. The wind developers cover the wind turbines for liability.

The argument is that only the landowners will benefit from this project and that is simply not true. The community as a whole will benefit from the project, bringing in alternative energy sources, jobs and tax revenue. This $800 million project is one of largest investments in our rural community and it is too great to pass up.

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