Green energy has become a topic of discussion for many municipalities. Rockford now facing a similar situation that Van Wert faced just a few years ago. One organization that is fighting wind energy in Mercer County, "Neighbors United."
Elvin Williams joined nearly 50 other residents at Tuesday night's Neighbors United meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the pros and cons of bringing BP wind turbines to Rockford, something the organization opposes. Williams watched wind turbines be put up in Van Wert, and wants nothing to do with them or their unattractiveness.
Co-Chair Pete Hayes looks to put on several meetings with the sole purpose of weighing the options. Tuesday night, guest speaker Ron Schumm shared his insight on renewable wind energy as he has gone through this situation before. A resident of Van Wert, Schumm was approached by wind turbine companies and was forced to decide whether or not to sell.
To date, several dozen land owners signed a contract with BP Wind Energy, agreeing to allow BP to build wind turbines on their land. Another informational meeting will be held on February 26th at 7:30pm in Rockford's historical museum to discuss additional concerns and what the contracts entail.