Commission reaffirms position against wind energy operations
The Clinton County Commissioners reiterated last week their opposition to allowing commercial wind energy operations in Clinton County.
A group of residents opposed to allowing such wind turbine projects in Clinton County visited the commission on the morning of Thursday, October 31. The 10-person contingent was concerned with a recent joint motion in court for an extension of time in Osborn Wind Energy, LLC’s suit against Clinton County.
Osborn Wind Energy – an offshoot of NextEra Energy, the company that previously proposed constructing wind turbines in Clinton County – filed the suit after Clinton County banned the installation of commercial wind energy operations through its zoning regulations. Both parties filed jointly for the extension of time in the suit, which is scheduled for trial January 6 in Platte County.
On Tuesday, October 29, the Concerned Citizens for Clinton County – the resident-led opposition group to wind turbines in the county – filed a suggestion against the joint motion for an extension.
The group’s contingent spoke to the commission last Thursday, questioning why Clinton County’s legal counsel joined in on the motion for an extension of time. The Clinton County Commissioners voiced their displeasure with their counsel’s participation in the motion and vowed to find out why.
After the meeting, the Clinton County Commissioners – Second District Commissioner Larry King, First District Commissioner Gary McCrea, and Presiding Commissioner Patrick Clark – unanimously reiterated their opposition to commercial wind energy operations in Clinton County. They added that any agreement between the two sides wouldn’t result in allowing those operations in Clinton County.