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The lawsuit said the wind farm is incompatible with surrounding land uses, will decrease property values, destroy views, create shadow flicker and "incessant and annoying" noise, and hurt wildlife. The lawsuit also identified procedural errors. The company, for instance, failed to provide a turbine layout, a noise model, or a plan for how it would decommission abandoned turbines, the lawsuit said.
Invenergy's California Ridge Wind Farm sited in Vermilion county Illinois has produced significant impacts on the health and quality of life of residents living near the turbines. Those impacted tell their story in their own words. The wind industry insists that wind turbines are no louder than a the refigerator in a home or the quiet of one's livingroom. Watch the video and draw your own conclusion.
In November the Boone County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the setback for wind turbines be 1,500 feet from property lines. However, the board sent the ordinance back to committee for more hearings ..."They thought (the setbacks) should be three times the height of the turbine," she said of the county board.
Turbines should not be sited near homes, period. ...Once you allow turbines to invade your area there is nothing the Vermilion County Board can do to help you. Trust me, you do not want to live in a wind turbine hell as my family does. I suggest you do your homework now instead of paying for it later.
"We had that terrible wind sometime in late October early November and it literally broke the wind turbine." The structure was completed in 2008 ...It was a $2 million project.
The lawsuit claims the work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remains "deficient." The poor roads cover a five-mile radius, the suit states.
Later, E.On informed Sheldon Township officials that "it is only prepared to make minor remediation to repair moderate corrugation" at six intersections. E.On told the township it intended to "do nothing about 'low corrugation' roadways because low corrugation presents 'no hazard or inconvenience to the motoring public,'" the suit says.
Iberdrola Renewables first started looking at La Salle County in 2006. "In part, the challenge we are facing in Illinois and nationally is the lingering effect of the recession, which has resulted in a lack of demand for new electricity," said Paul Copleman, spokesman for Iberdrola. ...construction will not start until Iberdrola is able to secure a long-term agreement from an electricity purchaser.
The Iroquois County Board approved more restrictive wind farm regulations Tuesday, focusing on health, safety and property rights of residents. ... Board member Marvin Stichnoth, a lifelong Stockland Township resident, focused on health issues. "I think of my neighbors... praying that the wind doesn't blow so they can get a decent night's sleep ... praying for cloudy days so they don't get shadow flicker that causes nausea and headaches for many people. ...
Commercial wind turbines built in Iroquois County might soon need to be located almost a full mile from homes on property not being leased to a wind farm operator.
Vermilion County Board officials clearly heard what the current WECS project has done to many rural residents. Families know their property values and physical health have declined while the dominating effects of these industrial machines have ignored property lines, invaded homes and split neighborhoods.
The blade of a wind turbine in the Settlers Trail Wind Farm near Sheldon was damaged over the weekend. E.On Climate & Renewables North America, Chicago, is investigating how the damage occurred.
“It started as K-4 and has dropped to K-3” (because Livingston County has been dropped), Copas said, “and it will probably end up K-2” (just northwest Iroquois County and adjacent areas of southwest Kankakee County). Moore confirmed Copas’ report and expressed doubt the project will come to pass.
These images show a turbine at the EDPR Renewables Twin Grove wind facility in Ellsworth, Illinois. The leaks occurred on multiple wind turbines at the site, less than two years after they were placed in service.
The college Board of Trustees on Monday voted to discontinue the program amid declining interest from students, which officials attribute to negative perceptions of wind energy in this area, among other factors. Sauk has offered a wind energy program since 2009.
On Friday, Rockford attorney Rick Porter, who is representing Hamilton Township, informed Lee County of the township board's Dec. 11 decision to file an objection to the wind farm, known as the Green River project. ...By Porter's reading of the law, the township's written objection now means the project needs a three-fourths County Board majority for passage.
The Lee County Board this morning voted 12-9 to allow a controversial wind farm, overruling a decision last month by the Zoning Board of Appeals. The board approved the project, along with a number of conditions dealing with issues such as noise.
A third of Lee County Board members have taken a stand on the controversial proposal for a wind farm in the county's southwestern corner. The rest either are undecided or haven't returned Sauk Valley Media's calls for comment. The 24-member board will vote on the wind farm Tuesday.
The chairman of the Lee County Board still supports a proposed wind farm, but he is pushing a compromise that would include strong conditions on the project. Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy, said he and others are working on the conditions. He provided few details.
The extension also allows the project to adhere to parameters set out in Vermilion County's original wind ordinance, requiring turbines to be 1,000 feet from a primary structure, which includes houses.