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Wind Power News: Illinois


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 25, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County Board violated Open Meetings Act when suspending wind farm permits

CLINTON – The DeWitt County Board violated the state’s Open Meetings Act when it voted in July to suspend the issuance of building permits for ongoing construction of a wind farm, the Illinois attorney general’s office ruled. County board members voted July 22 to temporarily stop issuing building permits to Alta Wind Farms for the county’s first wind farm until the company provided confirmation from power companies that turbines would be automatically curtailed during severe weather. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm owners to abide by Apex agreement, lighting tower delayed by protest

The Lincoln Land Wind Project has been sold by Apex Clean Energy. Danish renewable energy company Ørsted (YUR-sted) has acquired the company, according to a press release this morning. According to the deal, the Danish company acquired the wind farm from funds managed by Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure and Power strategy. Ares had purchased the project from construction manager Apex Clean Energy, with the project going online on November 17th. Morgan County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Ginny Fanning said this . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County board blocks extension of wind, solar reviews

CLINTON – Any company applying for a special use permit for a solar or wind energy project will be regulated by the ordinance in effect at the time of the application, state’s attorney Dan Markwell told county board members during the board’s Oct. 26 meeting. That is the case for a special use permit for any purpose, Markwell said. Markwell’s comments came as an effort to extend review of the county’s wind and solar energy ordinances was presented during the meeting. . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines, lights in testing phase

Rural Morgan County residents may be seeing some flashing lights in the night sky for a little while. The red FAA lights atop Lincoln Land Wind Project turbines have been on for more than a week. Under the ordinance governing the turbines, the lights are to be controlled by an Automated Lighting Detection System and not continually flash. Morgan County Commission Chair Ginny Fanning gave an update on the progress of the wind farm today during the regular County Commissioners . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Judge rules against county, directs wind permit applications to go forward

CLINTON – A judge has ruled the county has no authority to withhold building permits from the Enel Green Energy Alta Farms II wind energy project. In his ruling issued this week, Sixth Circuit Court Judge Jason Bohm ordered the DeWitt County Zoning Administrator to process the 15 permit applications in question by September 13. County board members voting in July to suspend further building permits for Alta Farms II said the action was to force the developer Enel Green Energy . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Judge: DeWitt County Board ‘lacked legal authority’ to suspend wind farm permits

CLINTON – Fourteen of 15 building permits for the DeWitt County wind farm that were contested in a lawsuit were issued the same day a judge gave the zoning administrator three days to decide to issue or deny them. Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jason Bohm said the DeWitt County Board “lacked the legal authority” to stop the issuance of building permits “because a county board has ‘no power to suspend, even temporarily, their own ordinances.’” The DeWitt County Board narrowly . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

How McLean County wind farms contribute to renewable energy push

BLOOMINGTON – Flat land and open fields in Central Illinois allow for consistent winds, helping the state become a leader in the nation’s “wind belt” region amid the fight against climate change. Producing zero carbon emissions, McLean County’s wind farms have churned out enough energy to power more than 250,000 homes per year while raking in millions of dollars in property taxes to the county. About 65% of those taxes – $38.3 million – have funded some local school districts since 2007. In . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2021 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

County should act on wind turbines with residents in mind

There is a proposed wind farm for the southern portion of Vermilion County. The current setback required by our county is feet. Invenergy’s acoustician, Dr. Schomer recommends a setback of 3,250. I have a high school classmate who had a wind turbine built near her home in Frankfort, Ill., and she and her husband ended up selling their home and moving to New Mexico because their home was no longer habitable. I am afraid that that is what will happen . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm company sues DeWitt County

CLINTON – The wind energy company constructing DeWitt County’s first wind farm is suing the county and its zoning administrator over accusations of “withholding” of building permits. The mandamus lawsuit filed in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court this month by Alta Farms Wind Project II LLC names acting DeWitt County Zoning Administrator Dee Dee Rentmeister in her official capacity and DeWitt County as defendants. Alta Farms said in court documents that DeWitt County has “no legal or factual basis … . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Attempt to stop lawsuit against county fails

CLINTON – The county board last week had the opportunity to stop a lawsuit brought against it by developers of the Alta Farms II wind energy project. They passed on the opportunity. Board members voted on a resolution to resume issuing building permits for the project, which they suspended in July. Members voting in July to suspend further building permits for Alta Farms II said the action was to force the developer, Enel Green Energy, to prove it could shut down . . . Complete story »

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