Wind Power News: Illinois
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PONTIAC – After more than a year of discussion, the moratorium on wind energy conversion in Livingston County has been lifted. Livingston County Board Chairman Bob Young explained that, while the moratorium has been lifted, there are still a few things left to do. “I don’t know if it really changes too much by lifting the moratorium, because right now, the ordinance states we’re at a 3,200-feet setback from residences for any wind farms, which basically wouldn’t allow any wind . . .
LINCOLN – On Tuesday, May 16, the Logan County Board voted on motions and amendments for the Hilltopper Wind Farm project near Mount Pulaski. Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Scott Schaffenacker’s first motion was to approve ‘amendments’ to a conditional use permit for Hilltopper Wind Power. The second motion was to approve an additional conditional use permit. Schaffenacker said one amendment was to raise the “annual payments to $1,000 for turbines within 3,000 feet radius” of a property. Board member . . .
An Illinois legislator says striking seven words from the state’s massive energy bill would clear the way for more than $2 billion in new wind energy projects. State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, filed a bill in January to remove language concerning wind projects from the Future Energy Jobs Bill, which passed in December and was hailed as one of the most significant pieces of state energy legislation in the U.S. in decades. The bill included a provision that requires . . .
Urbana, Ill. – If you’re creating a message to educate, inform, or persuade, don’t underestimate the power of a well-executed cartoon. A new study at the University of Illinois suggests if you’re trying to convince the public to change their stance on a topic such as wind energy, you may be more successful if you use a cartoon rather than a photograph. “Photographs were shown to be more credible, but cartoons were more likely to change behavior,” says U of . . .
The permitting could soon be in place that would allow movement in the Green River wind energy project, a venture that has been in the works in Lee and Whiteside counties for 8 years. The Whiteside County Board, at its Tuesday meeting, is expected to vote on Geronimo Energy’s petition for an extension of its special-use permit required to build the turbines and substation. Lee County approved a 3-year permit extension in May 2016, the month it was set to . . .
KEMPTON – Several residents of the Kempton area asked the Ford County Board on Monday night to intercede on their behalf with the owners of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm. The residents said they have been in contact with San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy for six months about their loss of antenna television reception since EDF started operating the wind farm in Rogers Township late last fall. Sandra Eshleman said she used to be able to draw in 46 channels out . . .
LINCOLN – On Thursday, May 4, 2017, a public hearing to consider amendments to the conditional use requests for the Hilltopper Wind Farm recently bought by Swift Current Energy. Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals hosted the meeting held at Mount Pulaski Christian Church. Over 100 people came to hear about the amendments and updates on the project. Zoning Board of Appeals members present were Cheryl Baker, Judy Graff, Brett Farmer, Doug Thompson, Rick Sheley, Derek Martin, and Scott Noltensmeier. . . .
LINCOLN – On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the Logan County Regional Planning Commission heard from representatives of Swift Current Energy, who asked for approval of amendments to the Hilltopper Wind Farm project. Guests at the meeting were Matt Birchby and William Kelsey, representatives of Swift Current Energy; and Kyle Barry, attorney for the project. Regional Planning Commission members present were Chairman Bill Graff, Vice Chairman Blair Hoerbert, Chuck Ruben, Jim Cole, Jeff Hoinacki, Gerald Lolling, Scott Schaffenacker, Dave Schonauer, Jim . . .
After 3 years of hard work, the United Citizens of Livingston County Illinois are grateful to announce the following: GREAT NEWS for RESIDENTS of LIVINGSTON COUNTY (IL): Tonight, 10 years after they first adopted a wind ordinance, the Livingston County Board approved changes to the County’s wind ordinance to protect citizens from the impacts of industrial wind turbines. Based on the recommendation of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the County Board approved the following changes: Increasing setbacks from homes from . . .
I would like to pass along my dislike with the DeKalb County Board concerning them not listening to the people living close to the so-called wind farms. We tried in the past to not have these large, ugly wind turbines placed so close to our property, but it did not get a good response from the County Board folks, most of whom do not live in the affected area, so what do they care what happens to us by getting . . .