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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.


October 17, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Board hears from wind power dissenter

The Piatt County board heard from its first wind energy dissenter at the board’s monthly meeting on Oct. 9. Rural Mansfield resident Gary Kambic said he is opposed to a proposed northern Piatt County project, citing possible problems due to light flicker caused by the motion of the blades, the damage concrete bases cause to valuable farmland, noise, and the altered view of the rural landscape he moved to 20 years ago. “Your decisions concerning these wind turbines will affect . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy touted at Q&A

A pair of researchers say wind energy is an economic boon to rural economies, and that a majority of concerns raised by detractors are being addressed with better technology as more turbines are being manufactured. That was the thrust of a Wind Farm Q&A sponsored by the Extension office in Monticello on Oct. 7. The 30 who attended seemed keenly interested in Illinois State University Economics Professor David Loomis’ presentation on how windmills affect surrounding property values. He quoted an . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponents learn about the impact of wind turbines

GALVA – Opponents of a proposed wind farm in east-central Henry County gathered at Black Hawk East College Wednesday night to hear about the impact of wind turbines on quality of life and the local landscape. Kendall Guither, of Informed Farmer Coalition, who farms between Walnut and Ohio, Ill., talked about headaches and ringing in his ears from the proximity to a turbine 1,400 feet from his home. He said the crane used to erect the turbines weighs 1.5 million pounds . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County of Woodford Conservation, Planning, and Zoning Committee met August 12

County of Woodford Conservation, Planning, and Zoning Committee met Aug. 12. Here is the minutes provided by the committee: 1. Call to Order: Chairman Parsons called the meeting to 6:00 pm. 2. Roll Call: Blake Parsons, Justin Faulk, Andy Rokey, Jason Spence and Charles Nagel were present. Also Present: Barry Logan, Emily Barker & John Krug 3. Approval of Monthly claims: Motion was made by Nagel to approve the claims, seconded by Rokey. Motion Carried. 4. Approval of July 8, . . . Complete story »


October 4, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Developers of DeWitt County wind farm prepare new application

CLINTON – A wind farm developer will take a second shot at getting approval of a special-use permit to build a proposed wind farm in northeastern DeWitt County. Initial talks on the Alta Farms development began in 2007, but the project picked up steam in 2016 with leasing, permitting, engineering and field work beginning. A year ago, Tradewind Energy, which has since been acquired by Italian company Enel Green Power with North American headquarters in Andover, Mass., submitted a special-use permit . . . Complete story »


October 3, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met August 5

State’s Attorney Chris Hitzemann came before the Board to discuss a moratorium on windfarms. The State’s Attorney stated that since there is no pending application to construct a wind energy project, the county can go ahead and place a moratorium on the existing windfarm ordinance and allow the planning commission/land use committee additional time to research and make recommendations on amending the current ordinance to bring it up to date. Since adoption of our original ordinance back in 2012, the industry has made changes to recommended construction methods and fall zone distance for windfarms. The State’s Attorney stated at that it is within the Boards authority to alter or make changes to any law that promotes the safety, health, and morals of its citizens. Complete story »


September 27, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal to come before Knox Co. Board

GALESBURG – A vote on a wind farm in northern Knox County appears to be on the horizon. Two farmers told the Knox County Board Wednesday night that they had a negotiated agreement with Orion Renewable Energy and look forward to taking the matter through county approval in the near future. Andrew Bowman, one of the farmers, said he didn’t know when Orion might come before the county’s zoning committee as a first step. Both farmers who spoke Wednesday night appeared . . . Complete story »


September 24, 2019 • Illinois, KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Man who lived in footprint of wind farm shares his experiences

OSWEGO – Mel Hass of rural Oswego shared his experience with wind farms with Labette County commissioners on Monday. He spoke an hour about living within the footprint of a 126-turbine wind farm in DeKalb County, Illinois, and his advocacy for laws that protect property owners, especially those who did not lease acreage to wind farm developers. Hass said if or when these developers come to Labette County he would like county commissioners to have wind farm regulations in place so . . . Complete story »


September 17, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Judge grants county wind farm request for lengthy motion

CAMBRIDGE – Arguments in a civil case over the proposed Midland wind farm in Henry County will be heard in Henry County Circuit Court sometime after Dec. 20. The Henry County Board granted special use permits for the wind farm in five townships in December of 2018. Fifteen property owners then filed suit, naming Avangrid Renewables LLC, owner of Midland, county board members, and the county, listing varied complaints including that the process was not in compliance with the county’s . . . Complete story »


August 25, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Monroe County slows wind farm plan along Mississippi River

VALMEYER – Monroe County officials have repealed an ordinance that would enable the construction of wind farms, stalling a proposal to build 50 turbines along the Mississippi River. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to suspend the Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance after residents voiced safety concerns about the long-planned Southern Illinois Wind project. They will take into account safety concerns expressed by local residents and members of the Monroe County Fair Wind Coalition, a citizens group that made a . . . Complete story »


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