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Upgrades to the roads are required before work can be done on the turbines, according to the agreement. Among the work that needs to be done on the roads: strengthening them to allow for heavy loads, widening of lane corners for trucks and installation of of cabling and utility boxes.
The plan has already been unanimously approved by the county’s finance and transportation committee. Potential road work is expected to be done despite a standing lawsuit against the county by residents who live near the proposed wind farm location.
But Robert Porter, a Rockford-based attorney representing the plaintiffs, repeated much of the initial criticism of the county, saying that notifications were not received before the legally required 15 days, while others say they received a notice with the wrong date of the meeting. Other plaintiffs claim they did not receive any notice at all of the hearing.
The co-developer of a wind farm planned for northern Ford County and southern Kankakee County said that an escrow agreement approved by the Ford County Board last week calls for the developers to provide several million dollars in financial security to Ford County to cover repairs and improvements to public roads used to build the wind farm.
Work slowed in July 2013, when a lawsuit was filed by 60 residents against Lee County and the previous owner, Mainstream. The court challenges cited nonconforming land-use issues, the turbines' effect on property values, and concerns about noise and shadow flicker. The delays have led to the expiration of special-use permits granted by the counties. The permits expired Aug. 26, 2015, in Whiteside County, and they are set to expire in mid-May in Lee County.
American Wind Energy Management also has significantly scaled back its Sangamon County project from 200 turbines first envisioned in 2009 to about a dozen in the first phase of construction.
A new law, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, keeps control of winds farms in the hands of local governments.
In a statement released by Invenergy spokeswoman Suzette Peruyero, the company thanked the families and residents who supported the project and voiced their opinion during more than 35 meetings on the Pleasant Wind Energy Project.
Changes made by developers of a wind farm that the Logan County Board rejected in January were enough to win project approval on a second vote. The board voted 8-4 at a Tuesday night meeting in favor of granting a conditional use permit to the controversial $400 million development.
The Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals came up with a two-to-two tie vote on a conditional use permit for the Meridien wind farm project on Wednesday. As a result, the project will go before the Logan County Board on July 16 and 21 with just five conditional recommendations from the ZBA.
Citing nonpayment for services rendered, Fort Worth, Texas-based construction services firm AUI Holdings aims to foreclose on the Sublette, Ill.-based Papiech wind project, which consists of a 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbine perched on a post-tensioned 100-meter concrete tower.
IKEA (the furniture company) and APEX (a wind energy company) failed to make payments to Ambassador Steel Fabrication, LLS from Auburn, Indiana for work completed at the Hoopeston wind farm. The lien document pages can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
Developers with plans for a large-scale power plant in Jessup have gone to great lengths to show they can be good neighbors in Lackawanna County. Whether Invenergy LLC can keep its word depends on whom you ask in other municipalities where it has facilities.
Officials from Relight US Corp., a Delaware-based company that has been tied to the project for years, have said they want to connect more with the community to see how their former proposal was shot down and what changes could be made to move forward on the estimated $400 million project.
A wind turbine was supposed to pay an Ogle County school's electric bill every month. Three years after it was installed, it hasn't covered a dime. 13 News is Digging Deeper into the cost of the wind turbine's failure to launch. At Eswood Elementary, there's no shortage of wind going around. So why isn't its wind turbine going around?
Mechanic liens now totaling $2.1 million, as of Feb. 15, have been filed against the property of landowners in Vermillion, Illinois, who signed lease contracts for the wind factory that APEX built there.
The United Citizens of Livingston County, opposed to Invenergy’s Pleasant Ridge turbine plans, called upon several witnesses to give their opinions, and each detailed a different way as to how the project would negatively impact the community at a meeting hosted by the Livingston Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night at Pontiac Township High School.
“This slick New York lawyer had an answer for everything, but when I asked him and his other friends if they would raise their families under the turbines, they were silent,” he said. “I have a hard time believing a guy selling this product and doesn't believe in it, and we want to hitch our future to him?”
In a 6-6 vote Wednesday, the Logan County Board rejected a conditional use permit that would have brought a 7,600-acre wind farm to a stretch of land between Mount Pulaski, Broadwell, Lake Fork and Elkhart. ...there was a great deal of opposition from people living within the proposed quarter-mile footprint of the 80-turbine wind farm.
Several other changes may be considered by the board in the future, including changes to the current zoning regulations that would allow for a guarantee from the wind farm company that property values wouldn't decrease because of a new wind farm. The county also may consider a moratorium on wind farm projects until the ordinances can be updated.