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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 30, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Committee discusses wind farms

The Livingston County Agriculture, Zoning and Emergency Service’s Committee toiled for more than two hours in its special meeting Tuesday evening, reviewing recommendations made by the Zoning Board of Appeals concerning county zoning for wind energy conversion systems and applications. The AZES Committee informally agreed with the majority of the zoning board’s recommendations and moved to go into recess until next month’s regularly scheduled meeting, at which the committee expected to review new language concerning text amendments for the seven . . .

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March 16, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeKalb County Board approves moratorium on wind, solar farms

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved a moratorium Wednesday on developing wind and solar farms for 18 months or until a sustainable energy ordinance is passed. During this time, the county will assess the effects wind towers have had on the community, and the board cannot issue special-use permits for wind farms or take any action on commercial solar farms. NextEra Energy Resources gained a special-use permit in 2009 to build a wind farm in Afton, Clinton, Milan . . .

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March 16, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County panel OKs wind farm

A proposed wind farm in La Salle County’s southeastern corner cleared a key hurdle Wednesday night. The county’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously for the 53-turbine project. The proposal goes to the County Board for a final decision next month. During a more than two-hour hearing, a representative of Portland-based Avangrid Renewables said the project would fit into the agricultural nature of Allen and Otter Creek townships. “Wind farming and agriculture have co-existed for over a century,” said Avangrid’s . . .

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February 24, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Cardinal Point wind farm update

MACOMB – Renewables are the fastest-growing energy sources, and likely to appear on the local horizon in the next two years. Matthew Martin, senior manager at Capital Power, gave an update on the Cardinal Point wind project to members of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation at its recent annual business meeting. Capital Power is a Canadian power company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, which became involved with the Cardinal Point Wind project two years ago after it acquired it from Element . . .

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February 23, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeKalb County committee recommends 2nd public hearing for wind testing towers

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee agreed Wednesday to hold a second public hearing on whether to build two 200-foot-tall wind testing towers after the first hearing was criticized for being held in too small a venue and not giving enough public notice. A special-use permit was requested by San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy to build the towers in South Grove Township south of Kirkland. The towers will measure wind speed and direction to determine whether the . . .

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February 16, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal moves forward

The public can air its views next month about a planned wind farm in La Salle County’s southeastern corner. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, March 15, on a proposal by Avangrid Renewables, of Portland, Ore., to build 50 or so wind turbines. Avangrid, which will present its proposal under its subsidiary, Heartland Wind LLC, has leased 11,000 acres for a wind farm from more than 100 participating landowners, according to the company. Its ultimate footprint, the firm says, . . .

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February 15, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Bureau County Board turns down wind farm request to bank internationally

PRINCETON – The Bureau County Board wants the owner of a wind farm in the county to bank in the U.S. The board on Tuesday unanimously denied a request by Avangrid, owner of the Providence Heights wind farm, to take its banking from JP Morgan Chase Bank to Credit Agricole Corporation of France. The Zoning Committee had also unanimously rejected the request. Marsha Lilley, the committee’s chairwoman, said during Tuesday’s meeting the group prefers Avangrid use a bank based in the . . .

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February 5, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt wind farm still at least a year away

CLINTON – Representatives of a Kansas-based wind farm continue to stay in touch with DeWitt County officials, but a proposed wind farm is at least a year away from breaking ground. Currently, there are no wind farms based in DeWitt County, but Trade Winds Energy of Lenexa, Kan., began meeting with local officials a decade ago about launching a project. They remain interested. Jeff Hammond, a project manager for the company, visited with DeWitt County representatives and prospective landowners about a . . .

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February 4, 2017 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines harm environment, landscape

I strongly disagree with any proposal to put in wind turbines. These turbines turn the landscape into an ugly display of lights at night with their strobes and red beacons, not to mention the view. They are killing the bald eagle, hawks, owls and other large birds, like the heron, leaving things pretty barren. Imagine a predatory bird flying at night chasing prey and it encounters the blades on these things. I have seen two communities, one in Illinois and . . .

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February 3, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

A second wind in Lee County: Board approves wind farm plan again

DIXON – There was a bit of deja vu for the Zoning Board on Thursday as it gave a second nod to the same project it approved in September, which was followed by the Lee County Board’s blessing in October. The Mendota Hills Wind Farm project once again received approval to decommission its fleet of turbines and replace about half of them with upgraded models. Leeward Renewable Energy, the Dallas-based company that owns the wind farm, returned to the board . . .

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