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Iroquois County: Board ups turbine fees fivefold

Wind farm developers will be paying a lot more if they want to erect turbines in Iroquois County. The county board approved a revised wind energy ordinance Tuesday that increases decommissioning fees for towers fivefold – to $50,000.

The action also ends a moratorium on new wind energy projects that has stood since November 2010. The moratorium was originally for six months, to allow revision of the wind energy ordinance, but that process has taken seven months more.

The $50,000-per-tower decommissioning fee had been approved in committee earlier, but the fee was unchanged at $10,000 in the final ordinance presented for approval on Tuesday, board member Troy Krumwiede, of Watseka, stated. … For the unabridged version of this story, subscribe to The Daily Journal’s print edition or E-edition.