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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.

July 19, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County committee takes no action on proposed wind ordinance moratorium

The Douglas County Board Plat and Planning Committee opted to take no action in a suggestion to instate an 18-month moratorium regarding wind farm applications, and specifically the proposed Broadland Wind Farm in the northeast corner of the county. EDP Renewables has worked for nearly a decade to construct the wind farm. However, in recent months, they have been met with resistance from residents of the Newman area who say they could be directly or indirectly affected by the 200-megawatt, . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt ZBA asked to change wind turbine setbacks

CLINTON – Opponents of a planned DeWitt County wind farm won a small victory on the second night of testimony before the Zoning Board of Appeals as the group works to strengthen the codes that are currently on the books. Andrea Rhoades of Kenney argued for establishing setbacks from property lines instead of from existing homes for turbine locations as the ordinance currently reads. The board was asked to change setbacks from 650 feet, measured from the property line to the . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Video pitch for ‘energy farm’ video wows Vernon Hills officials

Two high-school age brothers from Vernon Hills think they have a good idea and, given the initial feedback, their vision for an “energy farm” near school may have a chance to get off the ground. Devin and Jack Mulcrone, who will be a freshman and senior respectively at Vernon Hills High School, each has participated in various sports at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex and noticed two things at the site: it’s often “really windy” sometimes to the point of . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm tower permits move to county board

GALESBURG – The initial part of a proposed wind farm project for Knox County took another step closer to becoming reality Tuesday. The Knox County Board’s Assessor and Zoning Committee voted during its meeting to forward conditional use permits for two temporary meteorological towers for the wind farm to the full Knox County Board. The seven members present – Board Member Jared Hawkinson, R-District 4, was absent – all voted to approve the permits. Oakland-based Orion Renewable Energy aims to bring the 300-megawatt . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County zoning board weighs wind farm regulations

CLINTON – The potential effects of wind farms on wildlife and aircraft highlighted the first night of testimony Monday as the DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals looks at changes to the ordinance governing such facilities. Lenexa, Kan.-based Tradewind Energy is considering building the Alta Farms II wind farm in DeWitt County on a footprint stretching from Waynesville to Wapella. Opponents, many of whom testified Monday in the hearing at the county building in Clinton, want the county to change the . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Another wind farm could come to Henry County

GALESBURG – A fourth wind farm project is in the works for Henry County. Avangrid Renewables, based in Portland, Oregon, has set up seven temporary meteorological towers in the county to gauge the wind resource for its Midland project. Paul Copleman, communications manager for Avangrid, said it’s likely that the project will include 25 to 30 wind turbines, for a total capacity of approximately 100 megawatts. Avangrid expects to pay local landowners $33 million during the first 25 years of the . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Flicker, noise rules added to DeKalb County wind ordinance draft

SYCAMORE – Property values and setbacks have yet to be covered in the DeKalb County wind ordinance draft, but residents eventually may be able to sleep better at night because of some components that were passed Thursday. The DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee passed several more elements of the ordinance draft during its special meeting. Those new components passed require no radio frequency and electromagnetic field interference as a result of wind turbines, a zero-tolerance policy for shadow flicker . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company isn’t backing down on wind farm construction

EDP Renewables isn’t letting anything stand in its way of building a wind farm in Douglas County, even though some don’t want it there. Earlier this week Newman Township voted to create a zoning ordinance that could cause problems for the company. But despite that, EDP says contracts are signed to lease property with almost 100 farmers and they’ve already started developing the land. Right now it’s a race against time for both the energy company and the township. EDP . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer moving ahead despite Newman Township vote

NEWMAN – Developers of a wind farm in Douglas County expect to apply for a county permit by the end of summer to begin construction early next year on a 200-megawatt wind project that could be operational by the end of 2019. Nothing is on hold, according to Amy Kurt, project manager for EDP Renewables’ proposed wind farm, which would be the first in Douglas County. She was one of about 200 people who attended Tuesday night’s special meeting in Newman, . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County residents lining up against wind farm

WAPELLA – Every year on the Fourth of July, Brooke Cooper and her family take lawn chairs out to a pasture on their rural property east of Wapella, aim the chairs to the southeast and wait for dusk to fall and the fireworks show from Clinton to begin. This year, while the sight line remained unobstructed, red blinking lights from the Radford’s Run Wind Farm in the background near Maroa hampered their view. “It was awful,” she said. “All we could . . . Complete story »

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