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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.


January 17, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Coles wind project topic at Charleston Rotary Club

CHARLESTON – Several officials with Apex Energy, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, discussed their proposed Coles Wind project, which would install as many as 70 wind turbines about two miles north of Charleston and just east of Interstate 57. The project would furnish enough power to serve about 103,000 homes. Addressing the club via Zoom meeting were Josh Hartke, a Dieterich native and former Champaign County Board member who is the local project contact; Julianna Pianelli, lead project developer; Max Jabrixio, public . . . Complete story »


January 14, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Tip height approved; shadow flicker sent back to ZBA

The Piatt County board approved a 625-foot tower tip height limit for wind turbines at its meeting Wednesday, but sent shadow flicker recommendations back to its zoning board of appeals for further consideration. A yearly limit of 15 hours of shadow flicker affecting nearby homes had been endorsed by the ZBA, but after hearing concerns at its meeting the county board referred that portion of its Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance back to the ZBA. “I think the correct number on . . . Complete story »


December 23, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine height limit of 625 feet recommended by ZBA

Wind turbines will be allowed a tip height of up to 625 feet in Piatt County if the county board agrees with recommendations made by the zoning board of appeals Dec. 17. The 625-foot limit is an increase from the 500-foot one in the current wind ordinance for the county. It is less than the 675 that had been requested by Apex Clean Energy, which has announced plans to develop a 120-turbine wind farm in northern Piatt County. ZBA members . . . Complete story »


December 19, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Another wind farm in DeWitt County? A look at the plans.

CLINTON – Another wind farm is looking at DeWitt County as a potential landing spot for a project. Letters to land owners in Wilson Township in the northern part of the county were sent in October by a land agent representing Engie North America, a Houston, Texas-renewable energy company, specializing in developing wind projects. “Engie is interested in developing the BlueBird Wind Project in DeWitt County because of the excellent wind resource and existing electrical transmission infrastructure in the area,” writes . . . Complete story »


December 19, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tower height of up to 625 recommended by zoning board

Wind turbines will be allowed a tip height of up to 625 feet in Piatt County if the county board agrees with recommendations made by the zoning board of appeals on Thursday. The 625 feet is an increase from the 500 feet in the current 2009 wind ordinance for the county. It is less than the 675 that had been requested by Apex Clean Energy, which has announced plans to develop a wind farm in northern Piatt County. ZBA members . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

IPA ends Illinois renewable energy incentives

The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) has ended all of Illinois’ renewable energy incentives, effectively dismantling the state’s renewable energy program. The renewable energy program, which launched in late 2017, provided financial incentives to the owners of solar and wind energy systems and was the main driver behind the rapid growth in renewable energy jobs and installations in recent years. The end of incentives will force thousands of layoffs at renewable energy businesses. IPA’s announcement also means that Illinois will fall . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine noise guidelines adopted by county board

The Piatt County board has voted unanimously to keep its noise standards in sync with Illinois Pollution Control Board law when it comes to large-scale wind energy production. Noise experts say IPCB code caps noise at about 46 dBa (A-weighted decibels) when measured outside of adjacent homes. That portion of the county code did not change by the action taken at the Dec. 9 county board meeting. However, an addition was made to make sure “homes and families that are . . . Complete story »


December 8, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County Board seats 4 new members, elects Ferguson as chairman

CLINTON – Change is on the way for the DeWitt County Board. Four new members were sworn in to the board Monday, all who have expressed opposition to the recently approved Alta Farms II wind farm project. Aaron Kammeyer, Buck Carter, Jamie Prestegaard, and Megan Myers were sworn in separately prior to Monday’s reorganizational meeting, said County Clerk Dana Smith. “Because of the pandemic, I asked each one to come to my office and we did that prior to the meeting,” . . . Complete story »


December 1, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Edgar County declares a moratorium on wind farms

The Edgar County Board now has six months to make meaningful changes to an ordinance regarding the development of wind farms in the county. Board members approved the moratorium, which stops applications, during the Wednesday, Nov. 25 meeting. The action does not prohibit the development of a wind farm in the county, but it does give county officials breathing space to create something that balances the freedom of a property owner to use ground as he/she sees fit and concerns . . . Complete story »


December 1, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Big Sky Wind Farm taking a second shot at upgrading turbines in Lee County

DIXON – Big Sky Wind Farm, which has 114 turbines in Lee and Bureau counties, is once again seeking a special-use permit to decommission the 58 in southern Lee County, and upgrade – or repower – them with replacements. BSW DevCo is petitioning the Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals, which will hold a public hearing on the matter at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the third-floor boardroom at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 E. Second St. The repower . . . Complete story »


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