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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.


November 19, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

New Logan County wind farm draws threat of lawsuit

Beason, Ill (WAND TV) – The Logan County board has approved a proposed wind farm in a 5-4 vote, but opponents of that wind farm are considering legal action to stop the construction of dozens of wind turbines. Wind farms have been a spark to controversies burning in communities across the state. Kristen Petersen, part of the Logan County Residents Against the Top Hat Wind Factory group, believes the group will have strong grounds for appeal for the way a . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

National Weather Service releases statement on proposed Logan County Wind Farm

Lincoln, Ill. (WCIA) – The day before a vote is scheduled to take place on a proposed Wind Farm in Logan County, WCIA received a statement from the National Weather Service on the issue. An initial statement was made clarifying questions WCIA had on how the wind turbines may or may not impact the National Weather Service Radar in Lincoln. Statement from the National Weather Service Office of Public Affairs in Silver Spring, Maryland On the Top Hat Wind Farm . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Doppler dispute: Public weighs in on controversial wind farm proposal that could affect weather services

Lincoln, Ill. (NEXSTAR) – Chris Miller spent 20 years at the Lincoln National Weather Service office. He’s seen the impact that wind farms can have on doppler radar data. But one instance stands out in particular. The storm that made the 2018 Taylorville tornado passed right through a wind farm in northwest Macon county. “When it did that the doppler radar velocity images were corrupted, they were unusable for 15 minutes,” Miller said. Those fifteen minutes can make all the difference . . . Complete story »


September 29, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Erie School Board discusses therapy dogs and wind turbine

Some money is in the budget to pay for the decommissioning of the turbine, but without exact costs, the money may not completely be there. Board members, Mark Wiseley and Shannon James expressed their desire to see the structure go, but suggested the board wait until next summer after the other projects are clearer. Complete story »


September 29, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

In Piatt County, wind farm rules discussions delayed

MONTICELLO – The Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals will wait until late October before considering a set of rules and procedures for the upcoming public hearings on the proposed Goose Creek Wind Farm. “These are not ready yet,” board Chairman Loyd Wax said at the group’s last meeting. “They haven’t been finished. They are not ready. We don’t have them in hand for you to look at, so in my opinion, the only thing we can do is to get . . . Complete story »


September 22, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County board takes no action on revenue-sharing proposal

MONTICELLO – The Piatt County Board did not act on a proposed revenue-sharing agreement with the developers of a proposed wind farm. Earlier this month, Apex Energy submitted a 1,600-page Special Use Permit application with the county. It is not known when the county or the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold hearings on the application. The board tabled the proposed revenue-sharing deal last month and it was listed on the agenda for the Sept. 14 meeting. No action was . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Goose Creek Wind submits Special Use Permit to county

MONTICELLO – Goose Creek Wind has submitted its Special Use Permit (SUP) application to Piatt County officials. The 1,600-page application seeks approval for up to 60 wind turbine locations in the northern portion of the county for a 300 MW wind farm. Of the approved locations, 50 total turbines would be constructed, officials said. The application will be evaluated by the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals, who will give an advisory recommendation to the county board. “I think this is . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Piatt County has received Apex SUP application

MONTICELLO – The Piatt County Journal-Republican has learned that Piatt County officials have received the Special Use Permit (SUP) application for the proposed Goose Creek Wind project. County officials confirmed at 10:41 a.m. Thursday, the hard copies did arrive at the county building. The application seeks approval for up to 60 wind turbine locations in the northern portion of the county for a 300 MW wind farm. Of the approved locations, 50 total turbines would be constructed, officials said. “This application . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lee County again extends moratorium on wind, solar projects

DIXON – The Lee County Board extended its moratorium on solar, wind and battery storage projects for another three months, and amended rules will soon be going to the county for review. In December, the board approved a six-month hiatus on solar and wind projects to do a deeper dive into the regulations for those developments after several massive energy developments came before the county. The county’s renewable energy committee has been going over renewable energy ordinances, and the board . . . Complete story »


August 17, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Peoria County is left out of Tri-County Area wind farms — for now

Peoria County still stands out among its neighbors: it doesn’t have any wind farms. Marshall, Woodford, Tazewell and McLean counties all have wind farms, with additional projects planned in Knox and Fulton counties. But Peoria County might not be left out for much longer. Jason Ryan, a spokesman for the American Clean Power Association, said that the area is well-suited to wind development. “Peoria County does not currently host any wind farms, but wind power may be in the county’s . . . Complete story »


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