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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 22, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

No wind farms in Monroe County at least for now

We have a follow-up on a story we originally brought you last fall on a controversial move to potentially put up a wind farm in Monroe County. The Monroe County Zoning Administrator Mike Fausz confirms that the Monroe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on all wind farm projects in the county for up to 18 months. That decision came on Monday. Fausz says the Monroe County Planning Commission will now review the county`s ordinance on using wind . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Moratorium could delay or stop controversial wind farm on Monroe County bluffs

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners has approved a moratorium on special-use-permit applications for wind farms, putting in limbo a controversial proposal to place up to 50 turbines along the Mississippi River bluffs between Valmeyer and Fults. Board Chairman Robert “Bob” Elmore said commissioners voted Monday night to repeal the county’s 2012 Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance to give officials time to revise it. They will take into account safety concerns expressed by local residents and members of the Monroe County . . . Complete story »

August 17, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

‘Tilt-fell’ wind tower removal gets new life

PRINCETON – Bureau County Board on Tuesday reconsidered last month’s vote that prevented Big Sky Wind from using the tilt/fell method for decommissioning wind turbines approved in 2006. The board had voted down an addendum to the project’s decommissioning and restoration plan last month, which would have allowed BSW DevCo LLC (the company that owns Big Sky Wind) to use tilt/fell method over the crane method during the current repowering project. Big Sky is in the process of updating its turbines . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Board reconsiders method for windfarm operators to decommission turbines

PRINCETON – Bureau County Board, after hearing dissent from landowners, has reconsidered future decommissioning plans for Big Sky Wind Farm. The board last month agreed to uphold the original decommission contract for the upcoming turbine replacements, which will require Big Sky to use a crane to remove turbines slated for replacement. They did however, agree to allow a newer ‘tilt-and-fall’ method of removal for future replacement projects. That didn’t sit well with a vocal handful of landowners who spoke at this . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Marshall County considers changes to wind farm regulations

LACON – As three wind energy developers consider projects in southeastern Marshall County, county officials are considering changes to some of the regulations in the zoning ordinance. The county’s zoning committee has drafted proposed amendments that would increase the setback requirements on wind turbine towers, zoning administrator Patrick Sloan told the County Board Thursday. For one, a tower’s minimum distance from a residence would increase from 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet or three times the turbine’s height, Sloan said. In addition, . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Village of Longview, 50 individuals file suit over new Douglas County wind farm

TUSCOLA – Construction has already begun for the new Harvest Ridge Wind Farm in Douglas County, but that hasn’t stopped an area village and more than 50 individuals from filing a pair of lawsuits against the project. Longview Village President Susette M. Tatman said the village board voted about a week ago to direct attorney Cherie Kesler to file suit against EDP Renewables North America, Broadlands Wind Farm LLC, Douglas County, the Douglas County Board and individual board members. A separate . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-turbine setbacks still an unresolved issue in Ford County

PAXTON – Instead of making it so wind turbines can be no closer than 2,250 feet from any property line in Ford County without a waiver from a neighboring landowner, some county board members think there should be two different setbacks implemented – a larger one applying to land occupied by a residence and a smaller one applying to nonresidential land. The issue of setbacks – the minimum distance a turbine must be sited from a property line or structure – has been easily . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developers move forward to seek permits

Apex Clean Energy is preparing to move ahead and seek county approval for its Lincoln Land Wind project following the passage of updates to the ordinance governing the permitting process. The project’s immediate focus is the permitting process, but Lincoln Land Wind Senior Development Manager Holly McCoy-Nelson said the company hopes to begin some work next summer and to install turbines in 2021. Apex Clean Energy has proposed constructing 80 to 120 wind turbines in rural Morgan County for the . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Group finds many sites in path of Henry County wind farm

A group of residents fighting a proposed wind farm in Henry County say that more than 65 significant Native American cultural sites have been identified and they expect to find more. The 16-resident group, named STOP II after a similar group’s efforts in the 1990s to stop a coal mine in the same area, filed a lawsuit in March against the county and Avangrid, the company developing the 40-turbine wind farm located in Burns and Kewanee townships. The suit challenges . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Zeller recuses himself, wind ordinance passes

The Morgan County Commissioners meeting was full of tension this morning. The meeting was moved to the second floor main courtroom to accommodate the large showing of Morgan County residents who were wanting to get their final words in for the drafting of the wind ordinance for the county. The meeting started after a 6 minute delay to the near capacity crowd of near-standing room only in the courtroom to hear the vote and the final debate on the wind . . . Complete story »

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