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

March 22, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

McLean board OKs another wind farm

In a 16-3 vote Tuesday morning, the McLean County Board granted a special use for a wind farm on almost 5,000 acres in an agricultural district covering the townships of Chenoa, Yates and Lawndale. The request from Lexington Chenoa Wind Farm LLC by EDP Renewables North America includes land from Old Route 66 to the west and County Highway 13 to the east. The project is known as the Bright Stalk Wind Farm. District 7 McLean County Board member Jacob . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power business granted expedited approval by ICC knocked down by appellate court

MOUNT VERNON – Illinois commerce commissioners improperly expedited an application for a wind power line 203 miles long, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on March 13. The commissioners had split over the project, with three voting for the developer and two against it. Owners of Grain Belt Express Clean Line, an Indiana business, proposed the line in April 2015. They applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, and they asked for expedited review. Illinois law allows expedition of . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

McLean County Board approves wind farm in 16-3 vote

BLOOMINGTON – Despite a number of rural McLean County residents’ protests, the County Board voted 16-3 to approve a wind farm from EDP Renewables to be located in the northeast part of the county. Residents filled the meeting room, with a majority of them appearing to voice their concerns about the wind farm. In her second appearance before the board, Kim Brucker said it felt as if their cries fell on deaf ears. “It feels like many members have walked . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Sycamore’s Oaken Acres Wildlife Center gives eagle 2nd chance at life

SYCAMORE – A couple from Lee County called Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in January to report an injured bird of prey on their property, which they thought to be a young bald eagle. When Oaken Acres staff arrived the next day, they discovered a young eagle, which the couple had named Freddie, in a field beneath several wind turbines. The bird lacked the strength to move and had a wing that almost completely was severed from its body. Oaken Acres . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • Illinois, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Illinois court reverses approval for Grain Belt Express

Missouri is no longer the lone holdout to approve a high-voltage transmission project scheduled to span four states, bringing wind energy from western Kansas through Northeast Missouri further east. An Illinois Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) could not legally approve necessary permits for the Grain Belt Express project. The court reversed the decision and sent it back to the ICC, Illinois’ utility regulatory body equivalent to the Missouri Public Service Commission. Before Clean . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Sidney resident offers cautionary tale on wind farms

Ted Hartke doesn’t want any of his neighbors to go through what he did. The Sidney resident and his wife, Jessica, had to abandon their home in Vermilion County because of noise pollution from nearby wind turbines. “They were so noisy, we had severe sleep deprivation,” Hartke said. The Hartkes left their home and lived in a double-wide trailer until they could afford to buy another house near Sidney. They paid two mortgages until they finally sold their old home. . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

2nd northern McLean Co. wind farm to be considered

BLOOMINGTON – A month after the McLean County Board narrowly signed off on a new wind farm near Chenoa and Lexington, another proposal is on the way. The board will consider Tuesday a permit for Bright Stalk Wind Farm, a 58-turbine, 200-megawatt development that would join McLean County Wind Energy Center, a 100-turbine, 250-megawatt farm, near the county’s north edge in the next four years. Each is expected to produce enough power for at least 69,000 homes. Opponents told the county’s . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

We have right to protest wind farms

Recently a person said that if you were not a backer of the wind farms and all of the money it will bring to the county and the schools, that you were doing something that was somehow wrong – part of a bunch of disgruntled people. Well folks, this country was started by disgruntled people. Washington, Jefferson and Franklin were a bunch of protesters. They, to a world power that had all the money in the world, so to speak, protested. . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Government panel unanimously backs wind farm for far northeastern McLean County

BLOOMINGTON – Another wind farm proposal, this one planned for far northeastern McLean County, has received unanimous backing from the county’s zoning board of appeals. EDP Renewables North America applied for a special use permit to produce electricity with 58 turbines spread across Chenoa, Lawndale, and Yates Townships. Chenoa resident Tim Jolly said he attended each of the 10 hearings on EDP’s Bright Stalk Wind Farm. He said he also sat through about the same number of hearings on Invenergy’s . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Taking a closer look at wind energy’s local future

Wind energy has been a contentious subject in Livingston County since Invenergy first filed an application to build a wind farm near Fairbury in 2014. While setbacks were increased countywide after the County Board acted on results from the 2016 general election referendum, the possibility of more wind turbines coming to the area, especially in the northeastern townships, remains an open question. It was only earlier this February that a problem that had plagued the county for four years running . . . Complete story »

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