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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.


January 16, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Commission votes against DeWitt County wind farm

CLINTON – The developer of a $300 million wind farm in northwestern DeWitt County will present its case to the county Zoning Board of Appeals next month. It will do so, however, without a recommendation from the county Regional Planning Commission. The panel voted 3-1 with two abstentions Tuesday night against a positive recommendation after Lenexa, Kansas-based Tradewind Energy Inc. laid out its case for the first wind farm in DeWitt County. The commission is charged with deciding if a proposed . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford County Board to meet twice in one-week span to discuss wind farms

PAXTON – Ford County Board members will meet on the next two Thursdays to continue their work on revising the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms. On Monday night, the board set a zoning committee meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the first-floor courtroom at the courthouse in Paxton. The board also set a special meeting of the entire county board for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the larger, second-floor courtroom. Board members began reviewing the 10-year-old wind-farm ordinance . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Radar on your weather app look odd? Wind turbines can create interference, meteorologists say

LINCOLN – Check the weather app on your smartphone in the middle of a clear day, and you might be surprised to see weather conditions forming in the northwest part of Macon County. That’s not a sign of inclement weather. Rather, meteorologists say, it is a side effect of new wind farms cropping up across Central Illinois. The massive size of the turbines, sometimes taller than 400 feet, and the wind [wakes, rather —NWW] they generate can create interference on nearby . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer asking village to revise its formal protest

ROBERTS – The developer of a wind farm planned for the Roberts area of Ford County is asking the Roberts Village Board to revise a resolution it approved last month protesting some of the new rules for wind farms being considered by county officials. Houston-based Pattern Energy Group, developer of the proposed Heritage Prairie Wind Farm, brought a company representative and an attorney to the Jan. 7 board meeting. After a lengthy discussion, Pattern Energy Group’s James Madson said he would . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Gibson City’s proposed solar, wind regulations advance to council

GIBSON CITY – Members of Gibson City’s planning commission last week recommended the city adopt setbacks for residential wind turbines and solar panels which differ from the setbacks originally requested. The commission recommended that the bottom of horizontal turbine blades be no fewer than 10 feet off the ground and the maximum height of turbines not exceed 20 feet. The commission also recommended the council outlaw any “commercial” wind turbine above 20 feet in city limits and on farmland within 1.5 . . . Complete story »


January 8, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Property owners need protection from turbines

It’s important to remember as you drive around Newman and Murdock townships in Douglas County that opinion varies. As you see all of the no wind farm signs in yards and fields, most of those individuals are simply saying one thing. We do not want the wind farm here because we have no protection from the wind farm. It’s easy to say these individuals simply don’t want it because they are opposed to wind energy, or they just don’t want . . . Complete story »


December 29, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed DeWitt County wind farm could use Clinton manufacturer, company says

CLINTON – Officials behind a proposed DeWitt County wind farm say they hope to work with a local company to build 68 turbines for the $300 million project, while some residents continue to vehemently oppose its development. The next step for the wind farm, known as Alta Farms II, could start next month when the Regional Planning Commission hears the company’s first pitch. Officials from Kansas-based Tradewind Energy Inc. have said they hope to start construction in the spring and have . . . Complete story »


December 26, 2018 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Take close look at wind turbines

An editorial letter recently published from one of EDP’s proponents insinuated that surely people in Douglas County were well informed of that entity’s intent to construct industrial wind turbines as far back as 2008. I would contend that many typically well-informed, actively engaged people in our community were caught by surprise that EDP had planted roots without their intent being revealed to the broader public until the company had invested significant potential financial agreements among key players in the county. . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Henry Co. approves wind farm

CAMBRIDGE – Henry County is getting another wind farm. Despite some opposition, the county board voted 12-4 Thursday night to approve Avangrid’s special use permits for 40 turbines between Kewanee, Galva and Cambridge, known as the Midland wind farm. Voting no were Kathy Nelson, Bill Preston, Dwayne Anderson and Ted Sturtevant. Lynn Sutton and Kippy Breeden abstained as they own property in the proposed project area. Six or seven opponents of the wind farm attended the meeting. Their stated concerns were . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Warren County Board approves wind farm project

MONMOUTH – The Warren County Board narrowly approved motions Tuesday to allow permitting of a wind energy project along the McDonough County border. There were strong points made on both sides and heartfelt speeches from residents as the board listened and asked questions. Close to 10 p.m., a couple of 9-7 votes by the board conditionally approved Capitol Power to move forward with a $225 million investment in southern Warren County area. The two resolutions approved for the wind energy system . . . Complete story »


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