Wind Power News: Illinois
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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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
High court deals another blow to Clean Line project; Upholds decision that it isn’t a public utility
Clean Line Energy’s plans to build a wind power transmission line through Illinois and Iowa took another hit Thursday. The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Rock Island Clean Line project does not meet the state’s definition of a public utility. The decision upheld an August 2016 appellate court ruling that had reversed an earlier decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The project route was to begin in Iowa’s O’Brien County, enter Illinois between Cordova and Port Byron, continue . . .
The Illinois Supreme Court has dealt a punishing blow to the proposed clean-power “super highway” designed to transmit output from Iowa and Dakotas wind farms to the Chicago market. The state’s high court today upheld an Illinois Appellate Court ruling that concluded state regulators improperly approved the Rock Island Clean Line project. (You can read the Supreme Court ruling at the end of this story.) The $1.8 billion, 500-mile high-voltage line has been in the works for seven years. It . . .
PAXTON – A great deal of frustration was expressed by citizens and board members alike during Monday night’s meeting of the Ford County Board. The meeting was a continuation of last week’s board meeting with one agenda item – wind farms. Both sides expressed their frustrations over a lack of action and the length of time that problems have gone unresolved associated with the Kelly Creek Wind Farm in Rogers Township, near Kempton. All agreed that the problems have been expressed to . . .
LINDENWOOD – Five years ago a wind turbine was erected at Eswood Elementary School with hopes to take the school off the grid and cover energy costs. The wind turbine could be seen spinning in the wind, it never fulfilled its purpose or produced any energy for the school. Instead the turbine stood behind the school and was a nuisance and danger. The windmill was installed in May 2012 by Dr. Mayberry who retired from the school in June 2012. . . .