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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


December 13, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plans in works while ordinance is ironed out; EDF Renewable has 4,000 acres under lease, agent says

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Board might not have made up its mind yet about wind farms yet, but that’s not stopping EDF Renewable Energy from making plans in the county. The alternative energy company, which has been making arrangements to lease farmland across the county, has testing towers up in two locations in South Grove Township, and operates two wind farms elsewhere in Illinois, also is setting up shop in the DeKalb County business community. PJ Saliterman, a development . . . Complete story »


December 9, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Area wind power effort still alive

MACOMB – The McDonough County Board’s road and bridge committee received an update Thursday on efforts to develop wind farms in McDonough and Warren counties. Matt Martin, a senior manager with Canadian-based Capital Power, said construction of wind turbines is planned for 2019 with full commercial operation in 2020. Martin said leases for land use with local farmers have been renewed through 2019. “The lease terms with your landowners are the highest we’ve ever paid,” he said. He said there are . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Public urges Ford County Board to strengthen wind-farm rules

PAXTON – Members of the public on Monday night urged Ford County Board members to consider, among other measures, the need to increase the minimum distance that wind turbines can be located from homes. Ann Ihrke, Cindy Ihrke and Ted Hartke addressed the board during Monday’s monthly meeting. A month earlier, the board placed a moratorium on granting any future wind farm permits until the county’s permitting ordinance, established in 2009, is reviewed and updated. Ann Ihrke told board members that . . . Complete story »


November 9, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines north of Decatur: 4 things to know

MAROA – Residents and commuters traveling through northwestern Macon County may have noticed something different when they looked over at the newly erected wind farm west of Maroa. The turbines are spinning – at least, some of the time. Here’s what you need to know about the progress of the Radford’s Run Wind Farm. The spinning turbines are going through final tests. After construction on the 139 wind turbines north of Warrensburg and west of Maroa was completed on Sept. 28, the . . . Complete story »


October 20, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Developer says DeWitt County wind farm construction to begin in 2019

CLINTON – A DeWitt County wind farm project in the works for at least a decade may be up and running in two years. Tom Swierczewski, a development director with Trade Winds Energy of Lenexa, Kansas, met with DeWitt County officials last month. “We intend to apply for the special-use permit early next year,” he said. “We are moving forward on the project.” If approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Regional Planning Commission, the DeWitt County Board also . . . Complete story »


October 18, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County takes action against wind turbines

Some people living in Ford County say a wind farm could be causing fuzzy tv signal. Now they want the county to help. Those living in Kempton say they started seeing the issues after the farm went up. They’ve put a moratorium on any future wind turbines being built. It says for the next 120 days no new special use permits will be approved. This will give them time to review the current ordinance. It was established back in 2009. . . . Complete story »


October 14, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm moratorium now legally binding

PAXTON – For the second time in a month, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to place a moratorium on granting any future wind farm permits until the county’s permitting ordinance is reviewed. Last month’s vote was taken without the specific action listed on the agenda for the meeting, so it was deemed invalid. But this time, the measure is legally binding. That means that there is now a 120-working day moratorium on issuing any new special-use permits for wind . . . Complete story »


October 7, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Macon County wind farm construction complete; rotation to begin by 2018

DECATUR – Massive wind turbines towering over northwestern Macon County make an impressive sight on the prairie horizon, but passersby might wonder why they’ve been sitting motionless for months. That will change soon. Construction on all 139 turbines of Radford’s Run Wind Farm began in May and wrapped up Sept. 28. They can begin rotating after some testing, said Matthew Tulis, communication manager at E.ON, the company that will operate the wind farm. “We expect all the turbines to be up . . . Complete story »


October 4, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Construction starts on Bureau County wind farm

Construction has started on one area wind energy project, while the clock again is ticking on special-use permits for another in Lee and Whiteside counties. Work has started on the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm in Bureau County. The developer is BHE Renewables, a Des Moines, Iowa-based subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. “We issued the first building permit Aug. 10, and they are planning to build 106 turbines,” said Kris Donarski, zoning officer in Bureau County. Separate permits are needed for . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Construction starts on Bureau County wind farm

The Green River project has been held up by issues with its proximity to privately owned prairieland, Deer Grove’s decision to not have turbines, and landowner lawsuits. The company lost three turbines in an agreement to keep the project a half-mile away from 22 miles of prairie owned by Greg Wahl, CEO of Wahl Clipper Corp. Wahl and his attorney, noted environmental specialist Rick Porter, had voiced concerns that the turbines likely would disturb the natural habitat of threatened species. Complete story »


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