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How a county election in rural Illinois became a referendum on wind energy

Ford County, about 90 minutes south of Chicago by car, has had a moratorium on new wind development since last fall, after opposition was raised to existing regulations calling for 1,000-foot setbacks from any primary building. The county board’s zoning committee held meetings seeking input and recommended setbacks of 2,250 feet from buildings. Now the zoning board of appeals is considering revisions to the regulations, and their recommendations will be passed on to the full county board, which can make further revisions.
5 Nov 2018

Developer seeks extension of special-use permit for wind farm

The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month. ...An extension of the special-use permit would give Apex Clean Energy three more years to apply for construction permits, which require payment of $5,000 per turbine, since a developer can only acquire building permits prior to a special-use permit’s expiration.
11 Oct 2018

Wind farm plans cause controversy

Capital Power has the plans in place for a wind farm in rural McDonough County– a project the county has been working on for almost a decade. However, residents said it may not be as good at it looks. “We made numerous calls and they said everybody’s in favor of it,” resident Emily Hauge said. “We have not heard anything negative and for the record, we’re against it.”
26 Sep 2018

County Board OKs wind farm on close vote

The board voted 10-8 to let Chicago-based alternative energy company Invenergy build its proposed McLean County Wind Energy Center near Chenoa and Lexington after board members failed repeatedly to change or delay the proposal as approved last month by the county's Zoning Board of Appeals.
21 Feb 2018

New permit for wind farm near Sibley sought

About a decade since it was initially proposed, ground has yet to be broken on the proposed Ford Ridge Wind Farm near Sibley. Yet despite the slow development, the company behind the project is hopeful to begin construction soon, with the wind farm being fully operational in just a few years.
14 Feb 2018

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