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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 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 12, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Proof supports a denial of wind farm permit

As a landowner in DeWitt County, I have been deeply invested in the issues surrounding the special use permit submitted by Tradewind Energy for an industrial wind complex. It is vital for county board members to be informed about several key issues, among a plethora of concerns, before voting. FACT: DeWitt County has demonstrated overwhelming opposition to this project, and elected leaders should listen to the voice of their constituents. At the November 2019 RPC hearing, only three speakers presented . . . Complete story »


July 9, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Public hearing on wind project penciled in

Morgan County tentatively is moving forward with the permitting process for the Lincoln Land Wind project, setting a public hearing for Aug. 11. County officials have been waiting to hold a public hearing for the project since February, when Apex Clean Energy submitted the project for approval. The public hearing in an important part of the permitting process and something they wanted to do correctly, board Chairman Brad Zeller said. “We wanted to be able to have a true open . . . Complete story »


June 27, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lee County Zoning Board recommends granting wind farm’s request for more turbines

DIXON – The Lee County Zoning Board gave a favorable recommendation for a wind farm to expand its fleet of turbines. The company that owns the 109.5-megawatt Shady Oaks Wind Farm near Compton, which went online in 2012 with 71 turbines, is pursuing a special-use permit from the county to add 25 to 28 new turbines to its footprint in Wyoming and Brooklyn townships. After several hearings in the last couple of weeks collecting evidence, testimony and findings for the . . . Complete story »


June 24, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning meeting set on Christian County wind power rules

The Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals will have a hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss issues surrounding potential wind farms being proposed by two companies. The board will deal with proposed zoning amendments that come from the companies, county Zoning Administrator Vince Harris, the Christian County Board, and a group called Protect Christian County. The proposed wind farms from two companies City of Roses Wind Energy LLC and Rolling Farms Wind Project, LLC have been at issue for . . . Complete story »


June 22, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Restrictions on crowd size stall Morgan wind project action

Morgan County officials are waiting a little longer to proceed with a public forum to discuss a wind energy project. Apex Clean Energy’s application for its Lincoln Land Wind project was submitted in February and county commissioners accepted by Regional Planning Commission director Dusty Douglas in May. But a statewide order limiting the size of gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled things because officials want community engagement in the process. “We are struggling to set up a public . . . Complete story »


June 18, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

The uphill battle for offshore wind in Illinois

Human beings have been turning the power of the wind into energy for over a thousand years. Across about 100 countries, wind is harnessed – often with the familiar, sometimes elegant technology of wind turbines. Increasingly, those “windmills” are in clusters offshore, usually in an ocean; the boom in offshore is especially helping European countries meet renewable energy targets. Offshore wind is really just getting going in the U.S, but states along the East Coast are making big bets on offshore . . . Complete story »


June 13, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Shadow flicker discussed as testimony wraps up for Lee County wind farm extension

DIXON – One community member spoke out against a proposed project to expand the Shady Oaks wind farm as testimony wrapped up this week. The company that owns the 109.5-megawatt Shady Oaks Wind Farm near Compton, which went online in 2012 with 71 turbines, is pursuing a special-use permit from the county to add 25 to 28 new turbines to its footprint in Wyoming and Brooklyn townships. The Lee County Board had three hearings this week to gather evidence and . . . Complete story »


June 10, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lee County’s Shady Oaks wind farm looks to expand footprint

DIXON – A Lee County wind farm is looking to expand its footprint by up to 28 turbines. The 109.5-megawatt Shady Oaks Wind Farm near Compton went online in 2012 with 71 turbines. County zoning hearings began this week to add 25 to 28 new wind turbines in Wyoming and Brooklyn townships. Last year, Shady Oaks 2 LLC lined up more than 20 lease agreements and wind easements with landowners in the southeastern area of the county. The company has . . . Complete story »


June 4, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning board asks for clarification in regards to wind energy ordinance changes

An amended wind ordinance for Piatt County is back in the hands of the county board after the zoning board of appeals asked for clarification on its rewrite. Amendments to the Wind Energy Conversion ordinance, first approved in 2009, have been under consideration for about a year as Apex Clean Energy considers a 300-Megawatt project for northern Piatt County. Proposed ordinance changes have gone back and forth between the ZBA and county board during the ongoing rewrite process, the latest . . . Complete story »


June 3, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County delays decision on wind farm

CLINTON – It will be another six weeks before the DeWitt County Board will make a decision on the county’s first proposed wind farm. Citing issues with being unable to meet as a group, the board voted 6-5 to postpone a decision until July 14. Seven of the 12 board members, including board Chairman Dave Newberg were present in the County Board room along with County Clerk Dana Smith, County Administrator Dee Dee Rentmeister and State’s Attorney Dan Markwell. Four others . . . Complete story »


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