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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.

October 27, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

What does ‘acceptable loss’ mean?

What does “acceptable loss” mean? Also known as “acceptable damage,” it’s a military euphemism used to indicate casualties or destruction inflicted by the enemy that is considered minor or tolerable. During the Special Use Permit for Alta Farms II vote, this phrase rang loud for me. Seven county board members considered families like mine and the impacts we will suffer as an acceptable loss. I felt betrayed by my elected leaders. Would we have moved here if we had known . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine setbacks recommended to county board

Piatt County’s Zoning Board of Appeals last week recommended larger setbacks for wind turbines, but the increase is much less than was recommended last year by the board. After taking testimony from several audience members, the ZBA voted unanimously to amend its current large Wind Energy Conversion ordinance to mandate setbacks of 1.3 times the tower tip height to the nearest non-participating primary structures, or 1,600 feet, whichever is greater. The same ratio was approved for setbacks from towers to . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Village of Wapella, Mayor, file lawsuit to halt DeWitt wind farm

The Village of Wapella and its mayor are seeking a preliminary injunction to halt construction of a wind farm in DeWitt County. Sherry Mears and the Village filed a complaint against Enel Energy, formerly Tradewind, and DeWitt County alleging procedural measures were not followed when the DeWitt County Board voted six to five on July 14 to grant a special use permit for the Alta Farms II industrial wind turbine project. The lawsuit, filed in DeWitt County, asserts the county . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Lawsuit filed to halt DeWitt County wind farm

CLINTON – A lawsuit opposing development of an industrial wind complex in northwest DeWitt County has been filed on behalf of 69 constituents against the DeWitt County Board and Enel Energy, owner of Alta Farms II. “This was something we wanted to avoid, but at this point, we have no choice,” said Olivia Klemm, one of the opponents of the wind farm. “We are not done fighting.” In July, the county board voted 6-5 to approve a special use permit for . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm manufacturer set to close, many could lose jobs in the area

CLINTON, Ill. (WCIA)- Arcosa Wind towers are expected to close its doors after 13 years. This closure comes as they were about to partner with a wind farm in Dewitt County. That wind farm would need large wings produced, and Arcosa does not create those. Clinton city administrator Tim Followell says this type of production limited them. “They only make one certain size tower, and they only make the tubular part of the tower; they don’t make the windmill generator . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Clinton wind farm manufacturer to lay off 148 in November

CLINTON – A Clinton wind tower manufacturing plant will be permanently laying off 148 employees next month. Employees of Arcosa Wind Towers, formerly Trinity Towers, have been notified in about the upcoming shutdown, effective Nov. 16. Representatives of the plant could not be reached for comment, but the shutdown was verified on The Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) website, which requires applicable employers to provide advanced notification of a plant closure or mass layoff. Messages left at the . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Broken wind farm blades worry local farmers, residents near Lexington

LEXINGTON – Tim Jolly is a fifth-generation McLean County farmer and is looking forward to a safe harvest this fall. However, while farming in the footprint of a wind farm near Lexington, Jolly has major concerns over the potential of falling debris from nearby wind farm turbines from the Bright Stalk Wind Farm. At least three of the turbines appear to have been damaged over the summer and Jolly is wondering why. “I’ve got one 2,000 feet behind my house,” Jolly . . . Complete story »

September 25, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns about wind turbines

What will the future of Piatt County be if Apex is allowed to proceed with their proposal for 120 wind turbines (750ft tall) on 20,000 acres of prime farmland? Concerned citizens, scientists, physicians, and environmentalists are opposing industrial wind turbines in the USA and internationally. Environmentally these massive structures, that require enormous amounts of resources and fossil fuels to manufacture, transport and erect, destroy irreplaceable fertile farmland and reduce bird and bat populations. At least 14,000 non-biodegradable turbines now litter . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine blade failure a worry

A recent wind turbine blade failure in Adair County, Iowa, raises questions on the safety of wind turbines and wind farms. Farmers discovered a large section of a 177-foot-long and 18,000-pound blade in a corn field that had separated from a wind turbine in a 48-period before Sept. 18 when KCCI-TV reported it. No one seemed to know exactly when the blade separated and flew into the cornfield. Farmers are concerned about the safety of the wind turbines as this . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Planning for Coles, McLean wind energy projects is ‘multi-year’ process

CHARLESTON – Lease agreements, utility regulations and local permitting processes mean it will be three years or more before recently announced wind energy projects might become a reality in Central Illinois. That was the timeline shared by a representative of the company that announced plans last month for wind turbine projects in Coles and McLean counties, with a project in Macon County possible as well. “It’s going to be a multiyear process,” said Max Jabrixio, a manager with Apex Clean Energy. . . . Complete story »

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