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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


March 18, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

NTSB: Passengers were looking for eagles when plane crashed near Lincoln

BLOOMINGTON – The passengers in the plane that crashed near Lincoln two weeks ago were out to see a bald eagle nest in the area, but officials do not yet know what caused the crash that killed three men, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The four-seat, single-engine Cessna 172 flight that departed from Bloomington was the third in a series of flights coordinated between Synergy Flight Center and Shoener Environmental Inc. The last information showed . . . Complete story »


March 16, 2020 • Illinois, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Long-term impacts of PJM capacity market order unclear for renewables

Recent rule changes by federal regulators to the PJM Interconnection’s capacity market will not be as dire for renewable energy resources as some have feared, the grid operator’s market monitor said, but others see significant longer-term impacts. Based on a detailed analysis of how the minimum offer price rule, or MOPR, would impact capacity prices, the independent market monitor found almost zero impact on renewable energy resource clearing prices in the next auction, said Joseph Bowring, president of Monitoring Analytics, . . . Complete story »


March 7, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Apex Clean Energy app temporarily removed from county website to remove fee schedule

An Illinois Watchdog Group called out a fee schedule posted on the Morgan County website for the Apex Clean Energy application for the Lincoln Land Wind Project. The fee schedules for the siting of wind turbines are rarely made public. Morgan County Planning Commission Director Dusty Douglas says it was a piece of their application that didn’t need to be public. “We removed the application for a bit from the site. Apex had disclosed some financial terms, on their part . . . Complete story »


March 6, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm angers residents who live near turbines

Residents are upset over the placement of a new wind farm. It’s happening in rural McDonough and Warren counties, where some residents said they don’t like the new form of energy, as it now sits in their backyard. Some residents said it’s the constant humming noise. Others said it’s the red lights on the turbines at night. But one woman said she’s also concerned about what living within a mile of the wind farm will do to her health. It’s . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Piatt ZBA holds steady on wind noise, setback amendments

The Piatt County zoning board of appeals has decided to stick with more stringent setback and noise rules in proposed zoning amendments while it gathers more information on proposed amendments to the county wind farm ordinance. That came after about three hours of testimony before the ZBA on Feb. 27. It is all part of a process to amend the current 2009 zoning code in regards to wind projects of more than 500 kilowatts, in anticipation of Apex Clean Energy . . . Complete story »


March 3, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Woodford County makes plans for coming wind farms

EUREKA – While a wind farm developer works on plans to locate new wind farms in the county, the Woodford County Board is taking steps to see that any construction damage to roads is repaired. On Feb. 18, the board approved three special-use permits for Woodford Wind Energy LLC to install meteorological towers to gather wind and atmospheric data for wind energy development projects in Clayton Township near Minonk, Panola Township near El Paso and Greene Township near Roanoke. Permitting the . . . Complete story »


February 22, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Paperwork filed for 119 proposed turbine sites

A proposed wind turbine project is moving forward after Apex Clean Energy filed with the Federal Aviation Administration 119 possible locations for turbines in Morgan County. Apex Clean Energy spokeswoman Helen Humphreys said the 119 sites were submitted for approval. The FAA will review the sites for obstruction, a step that must take place prior to the county’s review of the project. Humphreys said the sites are pending approval but will be the final sites for the project plan submitted . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Residents air concerns about wind farm plan

Fifty concerned landowners showed up at the Albany Fire Station in Whiteside County on Feb. 10, sharing fears of loss of land values and quality of life when a wind farm is built in agricultural neighborhoods. Eric Smith has leased 225 acres between Kennedy, Stone, Archer, and Benson roads to Gipper Wind Farm, a division of Scout Clean Power LLC of Colorado. A tower has been constructed to determine if there is enough velocity to power 75-125 generators (turbines). Elsewhere, . . . Complete story »


February 7, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm gets second rejection from DeWitt County Zoning Board

CLINTON – A special-use permit for DeWitt County’s first wind farm will be considered by the DeWitt County Board this spring, but for the second time, the application comes before the board attached with negative recommendations from the county’s Regional Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. On Thursday night, the ZBA rejected the special-use permit by a 5-1 vote after 17 nights of testimony from Tradewind Energy and opponents of the proposed Alta Winds Farm project for the 12,000-acre . . . Complete story »


February 5, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Albany neighbors plan meeting on potential wind farm

ALBANY – Neighbors concerned about the possibility a 200-megawatt wind farm will be built near their homes are holding a meeting Monday to discuss the impact. Scout Clean Power LLC, a renewable energy development company based in Boulder, Colorado, built a 198-foot-tall “temporary meteorological tower” in Garden Plain Township in mid-December to test the speed and direction of the winds there, to determine whether such a project would be feasible. The test tower at 12967 Kennedy Road will be there . . . Complete story »


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