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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.


September 22, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County hears wind farm update

MACOMB – On Wednesday, Macomb’s courthouse held a public hearing for the latest stages of a wind farm in McDonough County. Many residents will remember that this project has been discussed for the past decade. The project has been acquired by Capital Power, and will now provide the same 150 megawatt output as the previous model, with 60 turbines instead of 110. The more efficient plan was presented by CP’s Matthew Martin, senior manager of business development. Martin, coming all the . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Company ready to talk about wind project

A company looking to build a wind farm in Morgan County has opened an office and will have an open house this weekend to share information about the project and meet with community members. E.ON’s office in Alexander will oversee the creation of a wind farm to produce electricity for the new Ameren power lines. Lael Eason, a senior development manager for E.ON, said its proposed project is smaller that Apex Wind’s proposed project, including having fewer turbines and generating . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Apex Clean Energy proposes wind farm east of Jacksonville

Wind energy has been a topic of debate in Morgan County over the last few months as certain companies have proposed wind farms in west central Illinois. Specifically, the company Apex Clean Energy, one of the nation’s largest wind developers out of Charlottesville, Virginia, has proposed a wind farm for a portion of Morgan County. With that proposed wind farm, there have been a number of debates taking place with Morgan County Commissioners meetings in regards to the future of . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind: the pros and cons of harvesting ‘the third crop’

Illinois is only seven years away from its deadline for getting 25% of the state’s energy from renewable sources. Wind power will have to play a big part to reach that ambitious goal. The state ranks 6th in the nation for the number of wind turbines, at more than 2,600. These wind farms are generally located in rural areas, many on active farms where people are raising corn and soybeans. The wind becomes a third crop that can be “harvested” . . . Complete story »


September 16, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Regional Planning Commission caught skipping by-law requirements

There was a meeting Wednesday of the Morgan County Regional Planning Commission scheduled for 11 a.m., the first of its kind since January of last year, but there was no action taken. The commission had gathered an array of different Morgan County representatives together with the immediate purpose of appoint people to a new Plans Commission. This newly-formed group would oversee a number of upcoming projects, including some which may require a change to Morgan County’s wind ordinance. However, before . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Residents critical of planning commission members

PAXTON – Ford County’s regulation of wind farms was the main topic of visitors who asked to address the county board during Monday night’s monthly meeting. Many were critical of the recent Ford County Planning Commission meeting. Ann Ihrke said the planning commission did not know its duties and did not follow the Open Meetings Act. She said the commission’s only authority is to make a comprehensive plan for land use in the county. She also questioned at length the amount . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm debate picks up steam in Ford County

PAXTON – The disagreement over how close wind turbines should be allowed to homes in rural areas of Ford County was apparent by the attire worn by some people in the audience of last week’s Ford County Planning Commission meeting. “Wind works for Ford County,” read the blue shirts worn by some in the packed second-floor courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse. “(We love) wind too – at 3,250 feet from our property lines!!” read the yellow shirts worn by others. The . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy a hot topic as projects loom across county

The Morgan County Regional Planning Commission will be creating a group and appointing several board and community members to address upcoming projects and proposed changes to the county’s wind ordinance. Dusty Douglas, the Regional Planning Commission director, said the meeting today will address the creation of the group that will discuss the changes to the ordinance and look at the proposed wind farm project by Apex Clean Energy. “The main focus of the meeting will be the new Plans Commission,” . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Solar and wind fees waived

Romeoville continues its commitment with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Compact, to work towards solving environmental sustainability issues of global importance at the local level. As such, changes were made to the Village Ordinances in 2017 for the use of solar panels and wind turbines, as long as a permit was obtained. To encourage even more people to be energy efficient, the village is now waiving the permit fees for these uses. “Renewable, sustainable energy is the future and . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

New sun, wind power event held at Nature Center in Mattoon

Event co-organizer Annalisa Switzer, who is co-chair of the Coles Progressives, said the People's Climate Movement had a call to action on Saturday for local groups to hold events to promote the transition to renewable energy sources. She said the Coles Progressives then decided to organize an event to provide educational activities for children and to highlight job opportunities in the renewable energy industry. Complete story »


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