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Greedy Landowners Who make a Deal with the Devil Might Get Exactly What They Deserve

“The county isn’t going to have money so I think all these landowners might end up with a bill for $150-$200,000 (per turbine) to dispose of these turbines.”

Pennsylvania county leery of costs to take down old wind turbines.

Katlyn Rumbold — NewsTribune — May 14, 2014

PRINCETON — Pittsburgh-based EverPower Wind Co. is now the formal owner of Big Sky Wind Farm, which is located in northern Bureau County, the Bureau County Board heard during Monday night’s meeting.

But with that came more concerns on eventual decommissioning of the turbines and what that means for the county’s landowners and taxpayers.

At last month’s meeting, the board was looking into a letter of credit for the decommissioning plan as opposed to the existing cash-on-hand arrangements that already have been in place. Board members previously indicated they didn’t have enough information to move forward with a letter of credit, but last night Bureau County state’s attorney Pat Herrmann said the board has three options: They can either move forward with the letter of credit of just over $1.9 million, keep funds as they are currently or accept the cash that is in the cash escort account.

“I have concerns about the letter of credit,” Ed Gerdes said. “Two different issues is the amount and how that’s guaranteed.”

Based on a similar project, Gerdes said the total cost to take down 87 wind turbines came out just over $19.4 million which is approximately $224,000 per turbine.

“That’s one of the big problems we have is there’s only $1.9 million,” Gerdes said of what he says could be a $10 million-$12 million project. “That’s maybe going to take down nine turbines. Who’s going to pay for the rest?

“I don’t think the taxpayers should have to pay for taking those down. The other problem we have is that when landowners signed these leases with these companies they were promised that if this doesn’t work they’ll come back and take the turbine down. They also promised that if they weren’t here, the county would have money set aside to take them down. The county isn’t going to have money so I think all these landowners might end up with a bill for $150-$200,000 to dispose of these turbines.”

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4 Comments on “Greedy Landowners Who make a Deal with the Devil Might Get Exactly What They Deserve”

  1. sandcanyongal May 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Here in the Tehachapi Pass wind farms are suing wind farms and land owners who leased their land have found out there is a loophole in their contracts that hold them responsible for removing the wind turbines and tons of concrete at their end of life, Yes, these greedy people are getting exactly what they deserved – poverty and bankruptcy.

    • Donna Quixote May 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      That’s great news! Karma can be a ….. well you know.

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