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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.

May 26, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Solar and wind energy discussed again; Council considers a feasibility study

SPRING VALLEY – The possibility of solar and wind energy coming to Spring Valley was discussed again during Monday night’s City Council meeting. There was a joint Finance and Legislative Committee meeting held on May 14 to discuss this as well. Alderman Deb Baltikauski said during the meeting the benefits of renewable energy were discussed. Some benefits include tax incentives and set energy costs. Bluestem Energy also contacted the city to complete a feasibility study of renewable energy. Bluestem would pay . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County plan committee hears residents’ concerns about health, safety of wind farms

SYCAMORE – Rick Cashen, a current Lindenwood resident and former resident of DeKalb County, said he had no idea that the home he bought in 2011 soon would have a 145-foot wind turbine nearby, which also happened to be 250 feet away from a school building. He said the previous owners of the Lindenwood house said nothing about the turbine, nor did anyone in the community, before he moved in. The tower near Eswood Elementary School in Lindenwood was supposed . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee will evaluate wind turbine setback standards next

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County residents will have an opportunity to discuss setback requirements Wednesday, during the county’s Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. The committee will go over setback standards outlined in other wind energy ordinances around the region during the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Gathertorium in the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St. DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said the moratorium to come up with a wind farm ordinance still is in effect through September. . . . Complete story »

May 19, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Changes to wind-farm rules could be finalized at next meeting

PAXTON – The Ford County Board’s zoning committee hopes that one more meeting will be all it takes to wrap up its discussions about proposed revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms. During a May 10 meeting, the five-member committee made progress in finalizing changes to the decommissioning requirements for wind farms. Meanwhile, further discussion about minimum setbacks, maximum turbine height and noise limits are expected to occur at the committee’s next meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeKalb County community group will host another meeting about wind turbine project

SYCAMORE – The Concerned Citizens for DeKalb County group will have another community meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at Mayfield Congregational Church, 28405 Church Road, to update residents on countywide wind energy ordinance development and the status of the incoming wind farm project. The meeting also will include a review of existing scientific research to assist the group in proposing standards for the ordinance affecting county residents, according to a news release. Some concerns previously cited by residents are harm to . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Aledo considering wind, solar farm study

ALEDO – Bluestem Energy Solutions wants to know if a wind or solar farm is a viable option for the community. At a committee meeting Monday night, Aledo officials learned that Bluestem has contacted city staff to explore a public-private partnership to develop sustainable energy solutions in Aledo. Aledo City Manager Erin Knackstedt reported that Bluestem provides a turn-key service for sustainable energy projects, fronting the development costs for installing solar panels or wind turbines. Bluestem is proposing a development agreement . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Dozens air concerns about proposed wind farms before county planning committee

SYCAMORE – Lisa Bergeron of Malta said during public comment at the DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee meeting Wednesday at the Legislative Building, 200 N. Main St., that she comes from a family of farmers. She said she knows how something such as wind turbine farms could affect them and their neighbors, especially when it comes to preserving that kind of land. Bergeron was one of dozens of residents who came to voice their opinions and concerns to DeKalb . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Slight progress on revisions to Ford County wind-farm ordinance

PAXTON – The Ford County Board’s zoning committee made some slight progress in its efforts to revise the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms Monday, but there remains work to be done before the document is ready to advance to the county’s zoning board of appeals and planning commission. During a two-hour meeting Monday at the Ford County Courthouse, the five-member committee came to a consensus on one issue: raising the minimum blade clearance – the distance between the tip of a wind . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt Co. OKs wind turbine setbacks, not height limits

CLINTON – The DeWitt County Board’s decisions Thursday night to expand the setback around wind farm turbine towers but not limit their height pleased a developer proposing such a project but left some residents unhappy. The board voted 6-5 against implementing a height limit of 499 feet, but it unanimously approved mandating a setback of at least 2,000 feet between a turbine tower and the property of a landowner who is not contracted to host a tower site. That setback is . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Business raising funds for Freddie the Eagle

SYCAMORE – A two-day sale at a local gift shop will help give a rescued bald eagle long-term care and a permanent home. Sweet Earth, Gifts, Jewelry, Engraving & Beads is hosting a raffle to benefit “Freedom Freddie” the bald eagle, who was rescued earlier this year by the Oaken Acres Wildlife Center. The store wanted to help give the eagle the care he needs and give the public the opportunity to help as well, according to a news release. . . . Complete story »

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