Illinois wind turbine meeting in February

Urbana Daily Citizen (Illinois): The Wind Turbine Study Group will host an evening meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Champaign County Community Center. The group made the decision during Tuesday’s regular morning meeting after discussion about the environmental benefits of wind energy compared to traditional coal-fired power plants.

WTSG member Jon Berry said one 200 megawatt turbine can reduce emissions of nitrous oxide by eight tons, sulfur dioxide by 14 tons and carbon dioxide by 2,697 tons annually. “Those figures do not include the pollutants created to remove coal and transport it,” he added. Berry said a typical coal-fired electric plant in a year produces 3.7 million tons of CO2, which is a greenhouse gas associated with global warming.

…Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio, coordinator for the WTSG, said the wind turbine industry has minimized risks, but pointed out that it does not have a perfect track record, especially in construction phases. “No one power industry is tragedy-safe,” he said.

“The world runs on trade-offs,” said Everpower liaison Mike Pullins. “If there are health issues with wind turbines, they are significantly less than current (power) sources.”

The agenda for the Feb. 6 meeting will include a question-and-answer session with an industrial noise expert hired by Union Neighbors United as well as representatives from wind development companies.

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