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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.


December 5, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Morgan County Commissioners hear debate over Zoning Board of Appeals created in county’s wind ordinance

The Morgan County Commissioners were met in apparent opposition to a resolution over the creation of a Plans Commission that will be oversight of the Lincoln Land Wind project and other zoning in the county. The commissioners passed the WECS Wind Ordinance this Fall to pave the way for the large wind turbine farm in the southeastern portion of the county. The ordinance called for a plans commission that would be an oversight board for any zoning issues or appeals . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind towers will change rural character

All residents of DeWitt County are charged with maintaining the county’s agricultural heritage and rural atmosphere, preserving prime farmland, celebrating rural life, and protecting and preserving the county’s shared natural resources and open spaces. Because I reside in the footprint of the proposed Alta Farms II wind energy project, I write this letter. Per Tradewind Energy’s second application for a special use permit, nine towers – with seven of them at a blade tip height of 599 feet – are to be . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

In opposition to wind farm project

I am writing in opposition to the Alta II Wind Farm project in DeWitt County. It is obvious the proponents of this project have failed to do any in-depth research regarding the issues surrounding these wind turbines. Of those who have written letters to the editor, how many sat through all 35 hours of testimony during the February 2019 ZBA hearings? How many have sought out third-party independent experts to educate themselves? How many spent hours of personal time pouring . . . Complete story »


November 22, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project fails first phase of second application

CLINTON – For the second time in 2019, Tradewind Energy officials failed to convince a majority of the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to recommend the company’s special use permit for the Alta Farms II wind energy project. On Tuesday, RPC members voted 3-2 to forward Tradewind’s application to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as “not recommended.” The ZBA scheduled a series of new public hearings in January to hear testimony related to the second permit application. A long list of . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Blogs, IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford County State’s Attorney confirms board members cannot be compelled to complete the Wind Energy Conflict of Interest Survey

On November 8, 2019, Andrew Killian, the Ford County State’s Attorney, penned a lengthy letter to Ford County board members who received legal advice from an outside attorney in regards to a conflict of interest survey composed by Killian. The board members subject to Killian’s letter included Deb Smith, Tim Nuss, Ann Ihrke, Tom McQuinn, and Cindy Ihrke.  Apparently, the board members considered the “conflict of interest survey” as a fishing expedition which included baited questions that had more than . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm approved in Marshall County

LACON – The Marshall County Board cleared the way Thursday for development of a new wind farm in Bennington Township in the southeastern corner of the county. The board voted 9-1 to grant Minonk Stewardship Wind LLC a special use permit for the Bennington Wind project, which is expected to consist of 33 turbines in a rural area southeast of Toluca, just west of Interstate 39 and north of the Woodford County line. The development resurrected a smaller, earlier project that . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

IL Chamber of Commerce not in favor of clean energy jobs act before General Assembly

A jobs bill in the General Assembly that is supposed to place the state on a path to 100% renewable energy and providing new job’s to Illinois’ economy is a bit of a misnomer according to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. ICC CEO Todd Maisch explains how the bill is bad for consumers: “While renewable energy is making process are more expensive than fossil fuels and our current mix of energy supply in the state. The more that you go . . . Complete story »


October 31, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Illinois bats threatened by disease, shrinking habitat, wind turbines

“In a nutshell, most bat species in N. America are not doing well,” Andrew King, a fish and wildlife biologist in the wildlife service’s Indiana field office in Bloomington, Indiana, said in an email. “They’ve been hit by a double whammy of white-nose syndrome and wind energy. WNS has killed millions of bats of multiple species that hibernate during the winter and an ever-growing number of wind turbines continues to kill thousands of bats every fall as they migrate south for the winter.” Complete story »


October 30, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County ZBA increases wind permit fee

If Apex Clean Energy or any other wind power producer pursues a large wind farm in Piatt County, it will likely cost them at least $150,000 in special use permit fees alone. The county zoning board of appeals on Oct. 24 approved a change in the decade-old wind energy conversion ordinance that increases the SUP fee from $300 per turbine. For a 120-turbine project like the Goose Creek Wind Project one proposed by Apex, that would total $36,000 under the . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Marshall County considers wind farm near Toluca

LACON – A Marshall County Zoning Board of Appeals hearing that ended in a tie vote on a resurrected wind farm project in the southeastern corner of the county illustrated the potential such projects have to transform the financial landscape of areas where they’re located. The 2-2 vote, with Chairman Kyle Schumacher abstaining, means that the County Board will decide whether to issue a special use permit for the Bennington Wind Project at its Nov. 14 regular meeting without a ZBA . . . Complete story »


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