Invenergy has a history of running roughshod over small Iowa counties. When kicked out of Freeborn county MN last year they moved into Worth Count, IA and installed turbines within 800 feet of residents after promising a minimum of 1500' due to no ordinance in effect at the time. County Supervisors then passed a moratorium on further wind development until they could determine what kind of ordinance should be in place. As that ordinance was being proposed by the Zoning Commission, Invenergy claimed they have a vested right to implement another future project and the ordinance should not apply to them since they had already started buying wind rights (though they did not yet have any specific plans). They are threatening a lawsuit against the county if the ordinance is passed. We're a county of only ~7,500 people in rural north IA and our supervisors are scared of such a lawsuit so are now contemplating not passing the ordinance proposed by the Zoning Commission. Invenergy is already suing Hardin county in a similar circumstance after they passed an update to their ordinance.
This fund is seeking support for a legal fund that citizens in the county can use to shore up county expenditure against any lawsuit that Invenergy might file. We're doing this so as to give more backbone to the supervisors to do what's right for the county and vote on the ordinance without worrying about the threat from Invenergy. Right now the threat by Invenergy has stopped the supervisors, so unless they act Invenergy will win just because they are big and we are small.
Funds will only be used IF the county is sued by Invenergy and the funds will only be used for legal defense and court fees. Any money available in this fund (if any) after any case is settled will be reimbursed back to donors in based on a percentage of the amount of the donation against the total amount raised minus fees. For example, The fund raises $50,000 and you donated $100. Minus GoFundMe fees (2.9% plus 30 cents per donation) your donation value would be $96.8, equal to .0019%. If any money remains in the fund after any court case, you would be reimbursed .0019% of the remaining amount.
Donors will be kept apprised of circumstances regarding this issue as things progress. If after January 2023 there has been no lawsuit then the total amount of donations, minus fees, will be returned. If it is determined in the interim period that the threat of lawsuit has passed then the total amount of donations, minus fees, will be returned to donors.
The sooner we can collect a substantial amount, the sooner we can tell our supervisors not to worry as much about threats from Invenergy, and vote on the proposed ordinance. Please support private property rights and DONATE NOW!