Wind Power News: Illinois
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.
MACOMB – Renewables are the fastest-growing energy sources, and likely to appear on the local horizon in the next two years. Matthew Martin, senior manager at Capital Power, gave an update on the Cardinal Point wind project to members of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation at its recent annual business meeting. Capital Power is a Canadian power company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, which became involved with the Cardinal Point Wind project two years ago after it acquired it from Element . . .
SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee agreed Wednesday to hold a second public hearing on whether to build two 200-foot-tall wind testing towers after the first hearing was criticized for being held in too small a venue and not giving enough public notice. A special-use permit was requested by San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy to build the towers in South Grove Township south of Kirkland. The towers will measure wind speed and direction to determine whether the . . .
The public can air its views next month about a planned wind farm in La Salle County’s southeastern corner. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, March 15, on a proposal by Avangrid Renewables, of Portland, Ore., to build 50 or so wind turbines. Avangrid, which will present its proposal under its subsidiary, Heartland Wind LLC, has leased 11,000 acres for a wind farm from more than 100 participating landowners, according to the company. Its ultimate footprint, the firm says, . . .
PRINCETON – The Bureau County Board wants the owner of a wind farm in the county to bank in the U.S. The board on Tuesday unanimously denied a request by Avangrid, owner of the Providence Heights wind farm, to take its banking from JP Morgan Chase Bank to Credit Agricole Corporation of France. The Zoning Committee had also unanimously rejected the request. Marsha Lilley, the committee’s chairwoman, said during Tuesday’s meeting the group prefers Avangrid use a bank based in the . . .
CLINTON – Representatives of a Kansas-based wind farm continue to stay in touch with DeWitt County officials, but a proposed wind farm is at least a year away from breaking ground. Currently, there are no wind farms based in DeWitt County, but Trade Winds Energy of Lenexa, Kan., began meeting with local officials a decade ago about launching a project. They remain interested. Jeff Hammond, a project manager for the company, visited with DeWitt County representatives and prospective landowners about a . . .
I strongly disagree with any proposal to put in wind turbines. These turbines turn the landscape into an ugly display of lights at night with their strobes and red beacons, not to mention the view. They are killing the bald eagle, hawks, owls and other large birds, like the heron, leaving things pretty barren. Imagine a predatory bird flying at night chasing prey and it encounters the blades on these things. I have seen two communities, one in Illinois and . . .
DIXON – There was a bit of deja vu for the Zoning Board on Thursday as it gave a second nod to the same project it approved in September, which was followed by the Lee County Board’s blessing in October. The Mendota Hills Wind Farm project once again received approval to decommission its fleet of turbines and replace about half of them with upgraded models. Leeward Renewable Energy, the Dallas-based company that owns the wind farm, returned to the board . . .
DeKALB – Steve Miller remembers how as a boy his family used to come to DeKalb County multiple times a year to view the pristine farmland in the area. The threat of these farms being compromised by the development of wind turbines was one of the reasons that Miller, who lives in South Grove Township outside Kirkland, deceided to speak out against the construction of two wind testing towers in DeKalb County during a public hearing Thursday. “I see this . . .
A California-based energy company wants to install a pair of wind-testing towers on land south of Kirkland as it investigates the feasibility of building new wind turbines in the area. EDF Renewable Energy is seeking permits to install 200-foot towers at two sites that are surrounded by farmland, records show. Derek Hiland, DeKalb County planning, zoning and building director, said that these meteorological towers could be a preface to the construction of more wind towers in the county. “These towers . . .
MIDLAND CITY / BEASON – A truck towing a portion of a wind tower reportedly clipped a power pole along Rt. 10 between Midland City and Beason Tuesday morning causing a loss of electricity to a number of area villages. The Journal has not confirmed the exact nature of the accident, but Ameren Illinois crews were working Tuesday afternoon at the site of the accident as Illinois State Police troopers directed traffic. The Ameren Web site shows the outage affecting areas . . .