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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 28, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Knox County Board approves of wind farm

The Knox County Board approved a conditional use permit for the building and operation of a wind farm in the northern part of the county. Board members voted 14 to 1 in favor of the application of the Knox County Wind Farm from Orion Renewable Energy. Brian Friedrich was the lone dissenting vote. Several people spoke ahead of the board vote, including local landowners, Carl Sandburg College President Dr. Seamus Reilly, Superintendents at ROWVA and Galva, as well as former . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County board to decide on wind farm project

Knox County could be getting its first wind farm should the county board approve it at tonight’s meeting. The decision could be highly controversial. According to board documents, over the course of three public hearings in late April and earlier this month, 17 people spoke in favor of the wind farm while 14 spoke against, and the Zoning Board of Appeals had 18 written comments on the wind farm project and 17 written comments against it. The 150-megawatt project would . . . Complete story »

May 7, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm moves forward in Knox County

GALESBURG – After hours of public hearings, the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals made a crucial decision regarding the fate of a wind farm planned for the county Wednesday afternoon. Orion Renewable Energy Group plans to start construction on the $150-170 million wind farm, the first in Knox County, this year and hopes to have it operational by the end of 2021. Final cost of the project will be based on the type of equipment purchased at the time of . . . Complete story »

April 13, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Will pandemic short-circuit Illinois clean energy reform?

Doug Scott has an assignment from Gov. JB Pritzker: Help Illinois craft legislation this spring that will help the state switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Scott, a former legislator, Rockford mayor and director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, has the political and technical experience needed to push Pritzker’s energy agenda, although the deadline for reform may be pushed back as lawmakers focus on more pressing matters amid the coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly pulled the plug on . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

NTSB: Passengers were looking for eagles when plane crashed near Lincoln

BLOOMINGTON – The passengers in the plane that crashed near Lincoln two weeks ago were out to see a bald eagle nest in the area, but officials do not yet know what caused the crash that killed three men, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The four-seat, single-engine Cessna 172 flight that departed from Bloomington was the third in a series of flights coordinated between Synergy Flight Center and Shoener Environmental Inc. The last information showed . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2020 • Illinois, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Long-term impacts of PJM capacity market order unclear for renewables

Recent rule changes by federal regulators to the PJM Interconnection’s capacity market will not be as dire for renewable energy resources as some have feared, the grid operator’s market monitor said, but others see significant longer-term impacts. Based on a detailed analysis of how the minimum offer price rule, or MOPR, would impact capacity prices, the independent market monitor found almost zero impact on renewable energy resource clearing prices in the next auction, said Joseph Bowring, president of Monitoring Analytics, . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Apex Clean Energy app temporarily removed from county website to remove fee schedule

An Illinois Watchdog Group called out a fee schedule posted on the Morgan County website for the Apex Clean Energy application for the Lincoln Land Wind Project. The fee schedules for the siting of wind turbines are rarely made public. Morgan County Planning Commission Director Dusty Douglas says it was a piece of their application that didn’t need to be public. “We removed the application for a bit from the site. Apex had disclosed some financial terms, on their part . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm angers residents who live near turbines

Residents are upset over the placement of a new wind farm. It’s happening in rural McDonough and Warren counties, where some residents said they don’t like the new form of energy, as it now sits in their backyard. Some residents said it’s the constant humming noise. Others said it’s the red lights on the turbines at night. But one woman said she’s also concerned about what living within a mile of the wind farm will do to her health. It’s . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Piatt ZBA holds steady on wind noise, setback amendments

The Piatt County zoning board of appeals has decided to stick with more stringent setback and noise rules in proposed zoning amendments while it gathers more information on proposed amendments to the county wind farm ordinance. That came after about three hours of testimony before the ZBA on Feb. 27. It is all part of a process to amend the current 2009 zoning code in regards to wind projects of more than 500 kilowatts, in anticipation of Apex Clean Energy . . . Complete story »

March 3, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Woodford County makes plans for coming wind farms

EUREKA – While a wind farm developer works on plans to locate new wind farms in the county, the Woodford County Board is taking steps to see that any construction damage to roads is repaired. On Feb. 18, the board approved three special-use permits for Woodford Wind Energy LLC to install meteorological towers to gather wind and atmospheric data for wind energy development projects in Clayton Township near Minonk, Panola Township near El Paso and Greene Township near Roanoke. Permitting the . . . Complete story »

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