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The village of Deer Grove sought Whiteside County's help to keep wind farms away - with no success so far. So the village board took a step that it thinks will take care of the issue.
Now, he is alleging that wind energy company Goldwind USA has been repeatedly trespassing on his family's property. And that has resulted in crop damage, he said. The property is well posted, he said, so trespassers knew what they were doing.
The 4-3 vote was a reversal for the ZBA, which two weeks ago voted to deny a special use permit for the California Ridge development, based primarily over concerns about noise pollution and a reclamation agreement in the event that the completed development is abandoned.
"Once we get the power sold, then we can put together the financing to pay for the $70M Phase One and balance of Phase Two. That is the last piece of the puzzle," Goede said. "Our expectation, our goal, our plan is to have power sold or some transaction like that in place in the next three months, no later than the end of January."
An Ogle County wind farm long delayed by lawsuits is once again moving ahead. Ogle County Zoning Administrator Michael Reibel said Tuesday that Apex Wind Energy, based in Charlottesville, Va., has bought the Baileyville Wind Project from Navitas-Gamesa and plans to start construction in the spring.
A Vermilion County board committee agreed Thursday night to change the county's wind turbine ordinance by increasing the distance turbines are required to be from a house and increasing the per-turbine permit fee the developers must pay the county.
Deer Grove Mayor Al Thompson has a question he wants answered: If wind farms come in, who should residents complain to about problems? The answer from Whiteside County officials on Tuesday: We don't know.
Village board trustees unanimously approved extending a six-month moratorium on the construction, installation and operation of wind turbines at the Sept. 27 board meeting.
Affinity Wind will pay $9,660 for a building permit for a proposed wind farm west of Pittsfield, but a Pike County Board member wants to cap building permit fees for wind farms and other large economic development projects in the county.
The company developing a wind farm west of Pittsfield hopes to have turbines operating by late summer/early fall 2012. Looking to gain an edge over competitors statewide, Affinity Wind has begun discussions with county officials to expand an existing enterprise zone to include the wind farm.
The company also wants to extend the enterprise zone linking the wind farm, which straddles Livingston and Woodford counties, to an established enterprise zone in Streator, Enger told the Woodford County Board last week.
Initially, the three districts' School Wind Consortium Joint Action Renewable Energy Agency sought to purchase wind turbines in Stark County, located northwest of Peoria. But district leaders said investors were not interested in backing the revenue bonds needed to fund the project.
A decommissioning plan needs to be included in the revised county ordinance to protect the property owners and the county in the event that the wind company breaches its contract and abandons the wind farm, leaving the mess and the liability with the residents of Lee County.
New York-based Global Wind Harvest still plans to move forward with a $300 million wind farm project in Adams County, even though Acciona Energy is no longer a partner and a timeframe for submitting an application has not been established.
The majority wanted more time to inspect the Good Energy proposal and to solicit proposals from other companies. "I feel these folks were very vague about the contract," board member Tom Evans said. "Let's take our time and do it right."
Redlingshafer wrote in his letter that a township board must provide 48 hours' notice of a meeting, not 10 days as stated by Devine. Redlingshafer added that notices and agendas for the township meetings were posted at the building in which the meetings were to be held and in "various prominent places throughout the township."
China-based wind turbine manufacturer, Goldwind's plans in Lee County don't settle well with resident Ralph Lassa. "They're not living by these things! This gorgeous agricultural landscape is decimated," he says. 71 wind turbines will go between West Brooklyn and Compton and then South to the county line.
Englehart, Zimmerman and her brother, Alan, are among landowners that signed on to the project back in 2005 ...Englehart and the Zimmermans are now learning the hard way that the 2005 contract included a lot of implied agreements between the landowners and the developers. They both reluctantly noted the original contract left a lot of control in the hands of the developer and they didn't anticipate the project would change hands so many times.
Invenergy asked that it be allowed to negotiate road agreements beyond the time the case would be before the county zoning board of appeals. Leuchtmann said that the county road agreement must be approved by the Champaign County Board at its Oct. 20 meeting before the agreement is finalized.
The 450-page, 117-count complaint, filed June 30, claims the County Board did not have the authority or jurisdiction to grant the original conditional-use permits to Walnut Ridge Wind in August 2008, nor the authority to approve the permit-extension requests in April.