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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


May 13, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Protect people by doing own wind research

Citizens of Morgan County, please go to the website morgancounty-il.com to review the draft of the proposed Wind Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance. It is also available at the county clerk’s office. We have perhaps less than 30 days to request changes. It is your chance to have a say in the future of wind industry in Morgan County. However, many believe we need to keep the wind industry out of our community. The realities of the actual benefits of wind . . . Complete story »


May 7, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind plan meets with mixed reviews

The first draft of an updated proposed wind ordinance for Morgan County has been posted to the county’s website and will be open to public comment for 30 days. Brad Zeller, chairman of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners, said Monday that the board would like people to review and comment on the proposal before the board takes action on it next month. “I believe it’s a strong document,” he said. “It was written in the spirit of protecting all . . . Complete story »


May 1, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Board vote fails to grant wind energy permit

CLINTON – Tradewind Energy officials report they are assessing their options after a vote taken by the county board Thursday resulted in a tie. The tie vote blocks Tradewind from receiving a special use permit for its planned Alta Farms wind energy project in northern DeWitt County. After about an hour of public comment from those for and those against the project, county board members discussed the plan and their concerns. Board members were precluded from considering any public comments not . . . Complete story »


May 1, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Potential wind farm project could happen in Piatt County

A new project is on the horizon in Piatt County. A Virginia-based company has its eye set on the area for a new wind farm. The company is called Apex Clean Energy. It claims this wind farm would bring more jobs and provide homegrown energy. But, not everyone in town sees it that way. “Haven’t heard much about it other than that it’s there,” said Mansfield resident Denver Burton. Burton has lived in Mansfield most of his life. He said . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia company proposing 120-turbine wind farm in Piatt County

The Goose Creek Wind Project, which would erect up to 120 turbines in northern Piatt County and provide millions to area school districts, is being proposed by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy. What is being considered is a project of up to 200 megawatts that Apex hopes to have online by the end of 2021, providing an estimated $65 million in tax revenue to county governments over 30 years, about $40 million of which would go to the Blue Ridge, DeLand-Weldon . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

No wind farm for DeWitt County: Board rejects $300 million plan

CLINTON – A $300 million wind farm will not be coming to DeWitt County. The DeWitt County Board voted 6-5 with one abstention Thursday night against a special-use permit from Tradewind Energy. The vote was taken after a two-hour meeting before a crowd of about 300 people at Clinton High School. Previously, the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Regional Planning Commission also rejected the plan. “We’re elated,” said Andrea Rhoades, one of several residents living within the footprint of the . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Group sues to stop wind farm – County, developer both named in suit

A group of Henry County landowners has filed suit against the county, the county board and Avangrid Renewables challenging the construction of the Midland Wind Farm north of Kewanee. The suit disputes the board’s approval last December of a special use permit that would allow Avangrid to proceed to the next level of building 40 turbines in Burns and Kewanee township. Linda Grant, who is one of 16 landowners against the wind farm, said filing a lawsuit, which is being . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

More wind towers coming to Knox County

GALESBURG – Two more data collection towers – a step before windmill turbines – are coming to Knox County. Orion Renewable Energy brought two towers to Knox County after the board approved them last July. Those are in Henderson Township, which is directly north of Galesburg and includes the town of Henderson, and Ontario is in northern Knox County, which has the city of Oneida in its southeast corner. Orion is seeking to bring two more towers to Knox County and had conditional . . . Complete story »


April 25, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County Board rejects $300M wind farm

CLINTON – A $300 million wind farm will not be coming to DeWitt County. The DeWitt County Board voted 6-5 with one abstention Thursday night against a special-use permit from Tradewind Energy. The vote was taken after a two-hour meeting before a crowd of about 300 people at Clinton High School. Previously, the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Regional Planning Commission also rejected the plan. “We’re elated,” said Andrea Rhoades, one of several residents living within the footprint of the . . . Complete story »


April 25, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County Board approves SmartWatt audit, more wind data towers

In other approvals, two more wind data collection towers will be going up in rural Knox County. The county board approved the two towers, one going in Walnut Grove Township while the other goes up in Lynn Township, as part of the county’s Wind Energy Ordinance. Both towers will be operated by Orion Renewable Resources, and board member John Hunigan says that they’ll be up for two years. “This is just a 60-meter tall meteorological tower. It’s going to be a wind-study. Which will be part of a two-year study to see if that area is suitable for a wind farm.” Complete story »


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