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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 15, 2018 • Illinois, Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Sale of Grain Belt Express transmission project boosts hopes for its completion

The sale of a planned long-distance transmission line project to a Chicago energy developer has left some customers more hopeful that it might someday deliver wind power from western Kansas to customers in the east. Clean Line Energy Partners announced Monday that it has agreed to sell all of its assets related to the 780-mile Grain Belt Express project to Invenergy, which builds, owns and operates energy projects in North America and Europe. The sale comes in advance of a . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County board to discuss wind ordinance at Dec. 4 special meeting

PAXTON – The Ford County Board will decide early next month what amendments will be made to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms and when the county’s moratorium on the permitting of additional wind farms will be lifted. On Monday night, the board scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the large courtroom at the courthouse in Paxton to review the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals’ recent recommendations for revising the ordinance and to pore over . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponents gain victory in DeWitt County board races

CLINTON – The opponents of a proposed DeWitt County wind farm say they earned a small victory Tuesday with changes to the DeWitt County Board. The board is expected to decide on a special-use permit for Tradewind Energy’s application with the county’s zoning office early next year. Recently, the board voted against strengthening the current wind farm ordinances, rejecting proposed changes that could have crippled the project. Two District D incumbents, Cris Rogers and Sue Whitted, both Democrats, ran on platforms . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm rule revisions advance to Ford County Board

PAXTON – The debate over wind energy in Ford County is not over, although some progress was finally made Thursday. After hearing several hours of public comments over the course of three meetings in the past month, the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-0 to advance to the county board a package of recommended changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms. The zoning board’s recommendations were mostly in line with changes proposed earlier by the county board’s zoning . . . Complete story »

November 5, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

How a county election in rural Illinois became a referendum on wind energy

In Ford County, Illinois, what would otherwise be a routine election for county board has drawn outside interest from activists both opposed to, and in favor of, wind energy “I don’t think anyone here would want a creepy neighbor sliding their hands under your daughter’s sheets.” That was one of several metaphors for wind turbines that Ted Hartke used in telling a Ford County, Illinois zoning board how a wind farm had forced his family to leave their home in . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Residents mostly voice support for wind farm at open house in Newman

NEWMAN – Gary Hoel of Tuscola says he is excited about the prospect of a wind turbine joining corn and soybean crops on his family’s property. “I always thought building a wind farm was a great idea,” Hoel said. “It provides electricity, and it provides jobs.” “This means tax dollars for the community,” said Chuck Ayers of Murdock Township, which he indicated could host 10 of the turbines. “We were hoping to get a turbine on our property, but we are . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind ordinance changes set for Thursday vote

PAXTON – The Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals will consider proposed wind turbine setback increases on Thursday. In a controversial move that one audience member said was done as a means of “stifling public comment,” the four-person panel voted at the end of last Thursday’s public hearing to continue the hearing to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Zoning enforcement officer Matt Rock said Friday that the adjourned meeting will take place in the second-floor courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse, . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Harvest Ridge Wind Farm developer sets open house Thursday in Newman

NEWMAN – Area residents can learn about the new Harvest Ridge Wind Farm at an upcoming public open house. Developer EDP Renewables, which is based in Texas, is planning an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Newman Community Center. Educational materials will be provided, activities will be available for children and participants can sign up for door prizes, including pulled pork and brisket from local caterer Terry Payton. “We are excited to share details about the Harvest . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Controversy erupts over ‘Wind Farm’ in Monroe County IL

NEAR VALMEHYER, IL – A big controversy is brewing in and around the small town of Valmeyer, Illinois in Monroe County, and it`s all about using wind turbines for electricity. A developer wants to put up a wind farm but residents are fighting back saying not in my backyard! “It`s just our little piece of heaven,” said Joann Fricke about the home that she and her husband Mike live in along the bluffs near Valmeyer. They have 120 acres, much . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Mass-mailing of political flyers irks Ihrkes

ROBERTS – It remained unclear Friday afternoon who funded the mass-mailing of political flyers that were sent to residents of Ford County opposing the candidacy of two women running for seats on the county board. For years, Cindy Ihrke of rural Roberts and Ann Ihrke of rural Buckley have been urging Ford County officials to adopt stricter regulations for wind farms – specifically, rules that would help protect the health, safety and property rights of rural landowners. In the Nov. 6 general . . . Complete story »

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