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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.


January 25, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Testing the wind: Colorado company eyeing potential for renewable energy farm near Albany

ALBANY – A Colorado company is testing the wind in this rural Mississippi River town, in anticipation of building a 200-megawatt wind farm. Scout Clean Power LLC, a renewable energy development company based in Boulder, built the 198-foot-tall “temporary meteorological tower” in Garden Plain Township in mid-December. It will test the speed, direction and general quality of the wind at the site for a minimum of a year, Cara Gunderson, a project manager with Scout, said in an email Friday. . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Protect health, safety, property rights

Protect Christian County LLC has requested that the Christian County board suspend all wind farm activity in the county for six months. This will allow time to conduct due diligence on proper wind farm ordinances and to amend the counties current ordinance adopted in 2008. This 2008 ordinance, reported to have been developed by a Chicago law firm and funded by the wind industry, is the same ordinance that many other Illinois counties adopted. Once the first industrial wind farm . . . Complete story »


December 24, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Project manager openly fields questions about wind farm, solar idea

GRANVILLE – The Scout Clean Energy office in Granville is open on weekdays when land agents are not out talking to landowners. With a slogan, “Scouting Frontiers in Clean Energy,” Scout says it currently is working with 1,000 landowners in 10 states in hopes of completing 14 projects and producing 2308 megawatts of electricity. Peter Erbes, project manager for Scout, recently fielded some questions about the company’s plans. We’ve had a lot of wind farm developments on high ground around Mendota, . . . Complete story »


December 21, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm pitch changes nothing

The DeWitt County wind farm proposal is still the same thing in the same place, within the ‘mitigation zone’ of NWS Doppler radar. Why not call it “The White Tornado”? Revising this, 92 out of 118 non-participants will have increased shadow flicker. David Loomis, their “expert,” likes all of the benefits of importing wind energy. This will create GDP somewhere. For Denmark, China, and many places, this offers tremendous opportunity. Their study does not analyze net jobs. It analyzes the . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2019 • Illinois, Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Battle reignites over $2.5B Midwest transmission line

A new decade will give rise to an old debate over a project promising to bring cheap wind energy to Eastern states. At issue is the Grain Belt Express, a proposed 780-mile transmission line stretching from southwest Kansas to the eastern edge of the PJM Interconnection grid in Indiana. Next month, the dispute over whether it should be built or not will resurface in Missouri, when the Legislature convenes. The $2.5 billion direct-current transmission line has been vetted by utility . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Devalued homes in wind farm area

In May 2019, I purchased land in Christian County and plan to build a home within the next year. At the time, I was unaware of the proposed wind farm and now, I’m concerned. Along with the obnoxious blinking red lights at night and the incessant whirling noise, the biggest issue I have with the proposed wind farm in Christian County is the devaluation of home values. For many people, their home is an investment of their life savings, something . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

The fields of Central Illinois feed the world. But not everyone is convinced we should harvest the wind.

Central Illinois has long been known for corn and soybean production. But the landscape has changed, both literally and figuratively, and wind energy production is catching up. Yet despite the money they can bring landowners and government bodies, wind farm projects are not without their detractors. “I was around when we didn’t have any utility-sized wind in the state,” said David Loomis, an economics professor at Illinois State University considered an expert on wind energy in Central Illinois. “In 2007, . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Morgan County Commissioners hear debate over Zoning Board of Appeals created in county’s wind ordinance

The Morgan County Commissioners were met in apparent opposition to a resolution over the creation of a Plans Commission that will be oversight of the Lincoln Land Wind project and other zoning in the county. The commissioners passed the WECS Wind Ordinance this Fall to pave the way for the large wind turbine farm in the southeastern portion of the county. The ordinance called for a plans commission that would be an oversight board for any zoning issues or appeals . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind towers will change rural character

All residents of DeWitt County are charged with maintaining the county’s agricultural heritage and rural atmosphere, preserving prime farmland, celebrating rural life, and protecting and preserving the county’s shared natural resources and open spaces. Because I reside in the footprint of the proposed Alta Farms II wind energy project, I write this letter. Per Tradewind Energy’s second application for a special use permit, nine towers – with seven of them at a blade tip height of 599 feet – are to be . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

In opposition to wind farm project

I am writing in opposition to the Alta II Wind Farm project in DeWitt County. It is obvious the proponents of this project have failed to do any in-depth research regarding the issues surrounding these wind turbines. Of those who have written letters to the editor, how many sat through all 35 hours of testimony during the February 2019 ZBA hearings? How many have sought out third-party independent experts to educate themselves? How many spent hours of personal time pouring . . . Complete story »


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