Wind turbines are gradually taking root in the Midwest. Benefits include land-lease payments, new sources of local and state tax revenue, and clean, affordable energy. New opportunities for community development have led to impressive industry growth.
Deciding where to place turbines, or “siting” (rhymes with “biting”) can be tricky. Issues can arise between developers and landowners. Both parties stand to benefit from wind energy, but friction between the two can delay or doom wind projects.
The Grain Belt Express transmission project will create over 5,000 construction jobs and $7 billion in new wind farm investments, spurring economic and renewable energy development in several rural communities.