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.
Let’s focus on TV reception, as inspired by an email: “As I have an outside antenna here in Rankin, I have plenty of wind turbines to the west and southwest. Right now, the antenna doesn’t work, but I believe it is due to the hail that damaged buildings, etc. I also have an inside antenna in the kitchen area, which used to work really good, but now gets only Channel 27 (most times weather permitting) and occasionally Channel 15 (Fithian . . .
PITTSFIELD, Ill. – The Pike County Board narrowly voted in favor of a new wind farm outside Pittsfield Monday night. Illinois Winds LLC’s application for its 50 MW Panther Creek Wind Project – 25 wind turbines to be installed at various privately owned sites west Pittsfield – passed by on a 4-3 vote. Before the vote, Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman alluded to an email sent to each board member objecting to the project, but when he asked for audience input, no . . .
MALTA – For them, against them, willing to threaten violence over their installation. Two wind testing towers, the first of which went up Monday afternoon in South Grove Township, are drawing a wide range of reactions. The nearly 200-foot meteorological evaluation tower was installed in a soybean field on the east side of McQueen Road between Mowers Road and Route 64. Along the gravel road live several neighbors who are divided in their opinions on the potential for wind farm . . .
The Grand Ridge wind farm is expanding. On Thursday, the La Salle County Board approved a special-use permit for up to 32 new turbines, though officials expect about 20 to be constructed. The wind farm’s owner, Chicago-based Invenergy, hopes to begin construction by as early as next spring, said Kevin Parzyck, the company’s vice president of development. The wind farm, which was approved in 2008, contains 140 turbines. The turbines are in Grand Rapids Township, which is east of Grand . . .
PITTSFIELD, Ill. – Pike County residents voiced no objection to a proposed wind farm during a public hearing Thursday night. Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman said he was surprised how quickly and smoothly the meeting at the Pike County Courthouse went. Borrowman estimated there were up to 30 in attendance and described the meeting as “nice and cordial.” “I thought it would be fairly vocal, but nobody voiced opposition,” Borrowman said, adding that while several questions were asked, nothing presented . . .
DECATUR – Construction on the Radford’s Run Wind Farm project in northwestern Macon County will continue after a Macon County judge denied a motion to grant summary judgment for three dozen landowners suing to halt the project. Macon County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Little made the decision late Tuesday afternoon after about three hours of oral arguments at the Macon County Courts Facility from attorneys representing the landowners, Macon County and E.ON, the company that will operate the wind farm. . . .
BROADLANDS – A Texas company is planning to build a wind farm in Douglas County. Chris Matthews, project manager for Houston-based EDP Renewables, said the company is in the early stages of planning the wind farm, which he said will be located just south of Broadlands. “We selected Douglas County because the wind resources are good in this region,” Matthews said. The project, to be called the Broadlands Wind Farm, will be a 200-megawatt facility, he said. Matthews estimates that from . . .
When Eswood Elementary in Lindenwood, IL, got a wind turbine in 2012, it was supposed to cover its energy costs. Instead, its caused a whirlwind of problems. “It’s just been frustrating,” said Superintendent and Principal of Eswood Joe Schwartz. “I would have liked to take this job five years ago and had it working and if it worked properly, it might have been a benefit to the school.” Since its installation, the turbine hasn’t produced any electricity. When a lightning . . .
The Pike County Board will hold a required by statute public hearing next Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the courthouse. Purpose of the meeting is to allow comments on a proposed wind farm just west of Pittsfield. Illinois Electric Company already has one wind turbine west of Pittsfield and Illinois Wind LLC is proposing a 26 turbine farm with the potential of over 100 in the next 20 years. Illinois Wind from Shabbona has proposed building 26 initial wind . . .
In dramatic and final fashion, law enforcement officials from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Toulon Police Department quickly surrounded the Stark County board members to end their Thursday evening meeting. Approximately 10 law officers were summoned by Sheriff Steven Sloan to enforce a state law contained in the Illinois Counties Code, which determined that an illegal special meeting was being held. Kirk Allen, of the watchdog group Edgar County Watchdogs pointed out that the board meeting was “adjourned” Tuesday . . .