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The case is the latest in the tense stand-off between wind farm developers, driven by a government push for vast increases in the number of turbines, and those who oppose them - saying they are eyesores, and ineffective at generating clean energy.
DIXON - Want to find out about the debates during Lee County's wind farm hearings? You'll have to attend.
More than 10 hours of discussing proposed revisions to Boone County's wind farm regulations haven't led to any decisions. After hearing three more hours of testimony Tuesday night, the zoning board of appeals agreed to continue the public hearing to its Dec. 26 meeting.
At this rate, the wind-farm money could be used to cover projected deficits for the next 10 years, according to Janssen. But board members authorized about $200,000 in additional expenses Tuesday night. About half of that was for the probation department, to be used in connection with juvenile crime cases.
But deep differences over spending in Congress have made the PTC's fate uncertain. And that uncertainty has stalled wind farm development nationwide and led to cutbacks at major U.S. turbine manufacturing plants.
Stratton said the park district had been trying to get the turbine repaired since January, but the manufacturer of the turbine, a Canadian company called ReDriven, declared bankruptcy this summer, and replacement parts weren't available.
Wind farms proposed in the region are on hold as the future of a wind energy tax credit remains in limbo. The proposed 150-megawatt Panther Creek Wind Farm is currently on hold as Congress has not indicated whether it would extend the credit.
"Big Sky's unwillingness to make the mandatory prepayment on the mandatory prepayment date is motivated by not only the challenge faced by Big Sky in selling power in a sluggish renewable energy market, but also by reason of the precarious financial situation of Edison" which has said its unit may have to file for bankruptcy.
The debate surrounds the county's Planning Zoning and Building Committee's recommendation to change the wind energy code language to ensure it meets modern-day standards. ...The proposed amendments include doubling the distance between a primary structure and wind farm.
Illinois, Bureau County, and my neighbors sold my property rights to the wind farm. The proposed wind farm in which my property is included has control of my privately-owned property. I have to ask for permission to build a house or a barn on my own land. I have been to informational and zoning meetings and never told my property rights were compromised, or that I would be restricted for the loss of freedom to use my property as I wish.
A wind "farm" creates an easement in gross over neighboring, non-participating property that impairs value. Thus, it is tantamount to an "inverse condemnation", or regulatory taking of private property rights.....an uncompensated taking.
Joe Gulotta, who owns 180 acres, asked why there was such a sense of urgency with the project. Carellan said the sooner the project begins, the better, as investors want to see the wind farms built. ...Gulotta said he is wary of the project and is concerned about the financing of it with the current economy.
Ellison said the future expansion of wind energy all over the country depends on politicians in Washington, which he says makes it a risky business venture. "You wouldn't put your money into something whose survival ability is contingent upon the government passing year to year tax credits," said Ellison.
By a 9-5 vote, the Woodford County Board approved a resolution that affirms the partial ownership transfer of the 100-turbine project being built near Minonk. The wind-farm developer, Gamesa Technology Corp., eventually plans to sell the entire project to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. of Canada.
Doug Huser, chairman of the zoning committee, believes Gamesa is violating the permit terms. He said he filed a complaint Monday with county Zoning Administrator Kim Holmes. Huser's objections include how the project's decommissioning aspect is funded. He also has said the special-use permit issued in 2010 to Minonk Wind LLC violates a county zoning ordinance regarding transfers.
Ten of the 19 proposed turbines would violate Bureau County Zoning ordinances, mostly on being too close to homes, property lines and housing communities like Normandy. The developers have asked for variances to these ordinances. It is curious that developers could not find other spots for these 10 turbines in the thousands of surrounding acres.
The rest of the board agreed with the half-dozen residents who spoke at the meeting that the wind turbine wasn't appropriate for the area, which is known for its scenic river views and abundant wildlife, including eagles and other migratory birds.
The county's Planning, Zoning and Building Committee has proposed doubling the distance between a primary structure, like a home, and a wind farm; increasing the number of structures from which windmills must be distanced; and placing language into the ordinance that details how to remove a windmill no longer in service.
In its decommissioning plan, Mainstream said it would set aside about $13,000 for such a process in Lee County. That compares to the more than $6 million the company's expert said it would cost to bring down the wind farm.
Dave & Stephanie Hulthen, a young couple in their mid 30′s, and their four young children, live within the NextERA wind energy facility erected in DeKalb County IL. The Hulthen's tell the story of living in a wind project. They were invited to speak by the Whitley County Concerned Citizens of Whitley County, Indiana. Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes http://www.wcccitizens.org/realities-legalities/