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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.

March 31, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford County zoning officer reverses course, issues building permits for wind farm

PAXTON – Ford County Zoning Officer Brandon Magers will issue building permits to Apex Clean Energy for 46 wind turbines in Ford County after initially indicating the plans did not meet county regulations. The windmills will be part of the Ford County Ridge Wind Farm in Sullivant Township. Magers had initially declined to approve the building permits to the company after it submitted applications in September. He cited discrepancies between the original plans, which were approved in 2009, and the new . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lawsuits withdrawn: DeWitt County wind farm opponents cease legal action against project

CLINTON – Opponents to the development of a DeWitt County wind farm have dropped two lawsuits that were seeking to stop the project from moving forward. The DeWitt County board voted 6-5 last July to approve a special use permit for Enel Energy to build 66 wind turbines, up to 599 feet tall on 12,000 acres in three northwestern townships near Waynesville and Wapella. It would be DeWitt County’s first wind farm. Brought by 69 constituents in October, one lawsuit . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford County Zoning Officer issues building permits for Apex Clean Energy

Ford County Zoning Officer Brandon Magers announced March 22 that he was issuing building permits to APEX Clean Energy for forty-six, with an additional seven alternate Wind Energy Conversion Systems compromising the Ford Ridge Wind Farm which will be located primarily in Sullivant Township. This comes after Magers previously had denied the building permits citing discrepancies between the original plans which were approved in 2009 and the building permit applications which were submitted in September of 2020. Those discrepancies included . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford Ridge Wind farm building permit approved by county

A new wind farm is getting built near Sibley after being stuck in red tape for over a decade. Zoning Enforcement Officer Brandon Magers says Apex Clean Energy made the first step in the Ford Ridge Wind project in 2009 when it got a special-use permit approved. Then last month, he says the project’s building permit was denied by the county. So, Magers says, the company made some big changes to the plans when it appealed the denial. Big, as . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Clean Energy Jobs Act advances to Illinois House floor

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee has advanced a pair of energy bills that would overhaul the state’s energy industry to the House floor. House Bill 804, otherwise known as the Clean Energy Jobs Act, or CEJA, would put Illinois on track to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. House Bill 2640, known as the Path to 100 Act, also passed the committee Monday night. It would increase the cap on energy bills from about 2 to . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Piatt County Board approves higher limit for shadow flicker from wind farms

MONTICELLO – The Piatt County Board approved a final change in its wind-farm ordinance Wednesday that imposes a 30-hour annual limit on shadow flicker from turbines on adjacent structures. It completes a nearly two-year undertaking that overhauled the original 2009 ordinance covering wind farms generating more than 500 kilowatts. The 30-hour limit is more than the 15-hour maximum that had been recommended by the county zoning board of appeals. The county board also rejected another zoning board recommendation to expand the . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers try again for overhaul of Illinois energy policy

State Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, and state Sen. Cristiana Castro, D-Elgin, have introduced a 900-page Illinois energy bill, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, House Bill 804, which has the potential to overhaul energy policy in Illinois. The bill focuses on carbon reduction, job creation and holding utilities accountable, Williams said. Williams said legislation is urgently needed because of recent announcements that several coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Illinois are expected to close. “The marketplace is forcing the closure of . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planned near Pittsfield

West Central Illinois is set to get another major wind turbine farm. Prairie Power has announced it is working in cooperation with Illinois Winds, LLC, a subsidiary of PowerWorks to create a 16-turbine wind farm near Pittsfield. The project is called the Panther Creek Wind project. It is expected to produce approximately 44 milliwatts of power. The Idaho-based Power Works currently owns 3 other projects in Idaho, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Over the past two decades, they owned and operated 4 . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Piatt County completes wind amendments

MONTICELLO – The Piatt County Board approved a final change in its wind energy conversion ordinance on Wednesday – a 30-hour annual limit on shadow flicker on adjacent primary structures. It completes a nearly two-year undertaking that overhauled the original 2009 ordinance covering wind farms generating more than 500 kilowatts. The 30 hours is more than the 15-hour maximum that had been recommended by the county zoning board of appeals. The board also deleted another ZBA recommendation: Expanding shadow flicker limits . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Pike County wind power project takes a leap forward

PITTSFIELD – Construction of a wind energy project that will produce enough electricity to power almost 20,000 houses will move forward near Pittsfield. Boise, Idaho-based Illinois Winds LLC said an agreement has been reached with Prairie Power for the purchase of all of the power generated by the Panther Creek wind project for 20 years. It also has inked an agreement to connect to the distribution system. Prairie Power is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative headquartered in Springfield. Through its 10 . . . Complete story »

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