Wind Power News: Illinois
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BROADLANDS – A Texas company is planning to build a wind farm in Douglas County. Chris Matthews, project manager for Houston-based EDP Renewables, said the company is in the early stages of planning the wind farm, which he said will be located just south of Broadlands. “We selected Douglas County because the wind resources are good in this region,” Matthews said. The project, to be called the Broadlands Wind Farm, will be a 200-megawatt facility, he said. Matthews estimates that from . . .
When Eswood Elementary in Lindenwood, IL, got a wind turbine in 2012, it was supposed to cover its energy costs. Instead, its caused a whirlwind of problems. “It’s just been frustrating,” said Superintendent and Principal of Eswood Joe Schwartz. “I would have liked to take this job five years ago and had it working and if it worked properly, it might have been a benefit to the school.” Since its installation, the turbine hasn’t produced any electricity. When a lightning . . .
The Pike County Board will hold a required by statute public hearing next Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the courthouse. Purpose of the meeting is to allow comments on a proposed wind farm just west of Pittsfield. Illinois Electric Company already has one wind turbine west of Pittsfield and Illinois Wind LLC is proposing a 26 turbine farm with the potential of over 100 in the next 20 years. Illinois Wind from Shabbona has proposed building 26 initial wind . . .
In dramatic and final fashion, law enforcement officials from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Toulon Police Department quickly surrounded the Stark County board members to end their Thursday evening meeting. Approximately 10 law officers were summoned by Sheriff Steven Sloan to enforce a state law contained in the Illinois Counties Code, which determined that an illegal special meeting was being held. Kirk Allen, of the watchdog group Edgar County Watchdogs pointed out that the board meeting was “adjourned” Tuesday . . .
Lake Land College has removed two wind turbines after they suffered enough damage to render them inoperable. “The situation with the two 100 kW wind turbines is a snapshot of renewable energy in the United States in 2017,” said Joseph Tillman, the division chair and Lake Land College’s renewable energy instructor and coordinator. Wind is going to be around for a while, but other forms of renewable (energy) are gaining in use, particularly in this part of the state. The . . .
MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) – Construction started on a new wind farm in the area, but not everyone’s happy about the new addition to their neighborhood and they’re fighting back. If you’re traveling through Maroa, you might notice a few changes; a sea of wind turbines is slowly emerging in the fields. While it’s a dream come true for some, others say it’s a nightmare. “I’m not happy. Frankly, disappointed. I’m not going to be able to sit out on my . . .
MAROA – The skyline in the northwestern part of Macon County is changing as wind turbines begin sprouting, reaching into the sky for the promise of cleaner energy. But even as the machines will soon tower over farmland west of Maroa, pending litigation is casting a shadow over a project that’s been years in the making. The 139 turbines of Radford’s Run Wind Farm, a subsidiary of E.ON, the American unit of Germany’s largest utility company, are expected to be operational . . .
MATTOON – The blades and other components were removed this week from the two 30-foot-tall, 100-kilowatt wind turbines on the campus of Lake Land College as part of a remediation project for these damaged, malfunctioning turbines. However, the south turbine tower and its nacelle equipment housing have been left standing for ongoing educational use by students in the Renewable Energy Program at Lake Land. A set of turbine blades and the north turbine’s nacelle will be left at ground left for . . .
Wind farms have been popping up in Illinois for years, and now a new one might be coming to Douglas County. Wednesday night, the company behind it held a public meeting to share their plans, and talk to people about their concerns. In the past, some who live near wind farms in Central Illinois have complained about them. At this meeting, the company wanted to share their side. E.D.P. Renewables has wind farms and solar products all across the country. . . .
PITTSFIELD, Ill. – Pike County residents will hear from the company seeking to construct a new wind farm in the county at an upcoming energy workshop. Illinois Winds has submitted an application to install wind turbines outside Pittsfield. The application is being analyzed by an outside engineering firm, Patrick Engineering. Illinois Winds representatives will discuss the project’s potential economic impact at the workshop, which will include information on energy incentives for homeowners, businesses and public facilities. Offered by the Pike County . . .