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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.

July 24, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County Board halts further building permits on Alta Farms Wind Project pending appropriate documentation of curtailment

The DeWitt County Board approved a controversial motion that is likely to receive pushback from Enel Green Power to cease issuing building permits until proof is shown the wind turbines can be curtailed during severe weather events.   Megan Myers offered the motion to the Board at the end of the regular monthly meeting Thursday night. Concerned Enel has not shown they can meet the standards of the special use permit, Myers offered a resolution to stop any further issuances . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

More wind turbines coming to McLean County after board approves special use permit

More wind turbines will be coming to McLean County after the board approved a special use permit Thursday night. One farmer said this felt like another defeat. “We feel like we don’t exist. All these decisions are being made by people who don’t live by them,” said McLean County farmer, Tim Jolly. Jolly is a fifth generation farmer in the area and came to the board meeting to oppose more wind turbines. He said he looks at one of them . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2021 • Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cross The Line’: Controversial transmission line in Iowa trying to survive

A case study for the national renewable energy debate is happening right now in northeast Iowa. “I think everybody likes the idea of renewable energy. I certainly do. But there’s more to it than just the wind blows on turbines and makes power,” Mike Deutmeyer said, a dairy farmer in the right of way of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line plans to go from the Hickory Creek Substation in rural Dubuque County, to the Cardinal . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

$350 million wind farm approved by McLean County Board

BLOOMINGTON – A new wind farm will be coming to McLean County, as county board members Thursday approved a Chicago company’s application to build 64 wind turbines in the county’s southeast corner. The $350 million project proposed by Sapphire Sky Wind Energy and Invenergy LLCs will bring the 590-foot tall turbines to Bellflower and West townships. The 250 megawatt wind farm is estimated to power about 80,000 homes annually. The McLean County Board accepted the application on an 18-0 vote . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

McLean County Board voting on $350 million wind farm

BLOOMINGTON – A wind farm project designed to be built in the southeast corner of McLean County will appear for a vote before the county board Thursday, a proposal that could build the county’s reputation as Illinois’ top wind producer. The $350 million project proposed by Sapphire Sky Wind Energy LLC, a product of Chicago-based Invenergy LLC, would construct 64 wind turbines reaching 590 feet tall in Bellflower and West townships. It would be a 250 megawatt wind farm that would . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Tri-County Electric Cooperative Manager warns of 20-25% rate increase if Clean Energy Legislation passes

The Manager of Tri-County Electric Cooperative warned at this weekend’s annual meeting that pending Clean Energy legislation at the state or federal level could result in a 20 to 25-percent rate increase and an unreliable electrical grid. Marsha Scott says the federal and state energy proposals to close all coal plants by 2035 is simply not achievable and keep the lights on. She also announced the cooperative would step up a ‘Take Action’ campaign to keep the state from closing . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2021 • Illinois, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Column: Why I’m concerned about wind energy project

If you’ve watched horror movies, chances are you’ve been unnerved by inaudible frequencies below 20 hertz: infrasound. Filmmakers exploit infrasound – a force that can trigger insomnia, panic, visual disturbance (including seeing ghosts) – to increase audience emotion (fear, tension, chills, anxiety, sorrow, powerlessness). Infrasound occurs when large masses move; its measurers monitor earthquakes, eruptions, tornadoes. Whales and elephants use infrasound to communicate through water or ground across miles. And industrial turbines generate infrasound whenever their blades rotate. Unheard but . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Watch now: $5.4 million McLean County wind farm advances

BLOOMINGTON – A wind farm project inched closer to construction in McLean County on Tuesday. The McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals voted 7-0 to approve a plan that would construct 64 turbines reaching 590 feet tall in the southeast corner of McLean County. The recommendation goes to the full county board for approval. Sapphire Sky Wind Energy LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy LLC headquartered Chicago, submitted its application for the project May 10. The estimated $5.4 million wind farm . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County Board approves new Wind Farm Ordinance

MACOMB – The McDonough County Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a revised Wind Farm Ordinance. The previous ordinance had been approved nine years ago. Board members had tabled a proposed ordinance last month to allow suggested additional information from the McDonough County Farm Bureau to be included. Board member Joe Erlandson submitted a June 7 rewrite as an amendment to the April 5 document considered in May. Erlandson said the revised ordinance contains specific citations from the Illinois Agricultural Implementation . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Change in air for windfarms

With a six-month moratorium on accepting wind farm applications coming to a close, the Edgar County Board acted Wednesday, June 9, to approve an amended Wind Energy Conversion System ordinance. The revised ordinance retains a 3,250-foot setback from primary structures that was passed as a stopgap measure in November when the moratorium was set in place. When the three-member committee doing the revision work on the ordinance presented its report in May, it did so without a consensus on the . . . Complete story »

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