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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.


August 5, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines disturb local farmer

MACOMB – Jeffrey Butler, a member of the McDonough County Farm Bureau, told the county board’s law and legal committee Monday that having his farm near two wind turbines has caused some disruptions. He suggested the board consider adding language to its wind farm ordinance that might solve some of the problems. Butler said a new setback guideline might be considered. “I think 1800 feet is too close,” he said. Noise levels experienced from being near the wind turbines have led . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer ‘moving on to more receptive pastures’

PAXTON – The restrictiveness of proposed new regulations for wind farms in Ford County has led to at least one wind-farm developer pulling its project from the county and looking to build elsewhere, according to Randy Ferguson, chairman of the county board’s zoning committee. Houston-based Pattern Energy Group, developer of the proposed Heritage Prairie Wind Farm in the Roberts and Piper City area, recently removed its two wind-measuring towers from the project area, Ferguson said. “They moved them to a more . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Invenergy presents wind project plans for east/northeastern Logan County

Invenergy, a developer of sustainable energy, spoke the Logan County Board this month about plans to develop a wind project in the county. Board members present Dave Blankenship, Emily Davenport, Janet Estill, Bob Farmer, Cameron Halpin, David Hepler, Steve Jenness, Chuck Ruben, Bob Sanders, Scott Schaffenacker and Jim Wessbecher. Annette Welch was absent. The board heard from Greg Vanderkamp, who has been the lead developer of the project for almost a year. The name of this project would be the . . . Complete story »


July 25, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County may consider another wind farm

LINCOLN – Another potential wind farm is being considered for Logan County. Greg Vanderkamp, the lead developer for the proposed Logan County Wind Energy Center, told Logan County officials that Chicago-based Invenergy has been studying the feasibility of the project for about four years. “We would like to apply for a permit and get approval from the board at the beginning of next year,” he said, speaking to the county board Thursday night. “We hope to begin construction in late 2021 . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lee County Board approves Shady Oaks II wind farm expansion

DIXON – The Lee County Board signed off on Shady Oaks Wind Farm’s plan to add 28 turbines to its footprint. The 109.5-megawatt wind farm near Compton went online in 2012 with 71 turbines. County zoning hearings were held last month, and the Zoning Board made a favorable recommendation to approve a special-use permit for Shady Oaks 2 LLC to add 25 to 28 new wind turbines in Wyoming and Brooklyn townships. The County Board approved the petition unanimously. Compton . . . Complete story »


July 16, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Construction for DeWitt County wind farm set for 2021

CLINTON – Construction could begin next spring on DeWitt County’s first wind farm, though several procedural steps remain before the project can get underway. The DeWitt County Board cleared the way for the project, Alta Farms II, by narrowly approving a special use permit to allow the project in three northwestern townships near Waynesville and Wapella. The vote came despite strong objections from some neighboring property owners, and their attorney said Wednesday that some were considering a lawsuit. The project by . . . Complete story »


July 15, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents of windfarm plan to regroup, explore options

DeWitt County residents sat in disbelief Tuesday as nightfell on the Clinton Square after the DeWitt County Board approved a special use permit for the Tradewind Energy Alta Farms II wind project in the northwest corner of DeWitt County. Many sat motionless, others shed tears but Andrea Rhoades, who leads the group Residents Against Windfarms in DeWitt County was not afraid to share her feelings on the vote. She called out Cole Ritter who was not in attendance.     . . . Complete story »


July 15, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Watch now: DeWitt County approves wind farm proposal

CLINTON – The DeWitt County Board cleared the way for the county’s first wind farm Tuesday, narrowly approving a special use permit to allow the project in three northwestern townships near Waynesville and Wapella. In a 90-minute outdoor meeting on the Square in downtown Clinton on Tuesday night, the board voted 6-5 to allow Tradewind Energy to move forward with plans to build up to 66 towers no higher than 599 feet for the Alta Farms II project. In April 2019, . . . Complete story »


July 14, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County wind farm vote set for Tuesday

CLINTON – A final decision on a proposed wind farm is expected Tuesday night, when the DeWitt County Board will meet on the Square in Clinton to decide the fate of the Alta Farms II wind project. It will be the second time for the board to consider the project. The 12-member panel denied the special use permit application from Tradewind Energy in April 2019, saying it left too many unanswered questions and wasn’t complete. Download PDF Tradewind Energy revamped the . . . Complete story »


July 14, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Stop selling off DeWitt County

First, do no harm. The citizens of DeWitt County, who are unlucky enough to be in the footprint of the proposed wind farm, are asked to suffer and sacrifice so Chairman of the County Board, Dave Newberg, and his group of YES votes, will have another stream of income. None of these County Board members voting YES have homes placed near wind towers. And these are no ordinary wind turbines. Some of them are 599 feet high, only 31 feet . . . Complete story »


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