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McLean Co. wind farm gets conditional OK

Among the conditions is the omission of three planned turbines in the path of a private air strip east of Lexington. ...The air strip in question is located on the property of Paul Kruse, owner and operator of Aerial Crop Service of Colfax. On Tuesday, Kruse testified that the turbines would obstruct takeoffs and landings.
26 Aug 2010

Board to hold hearing on proposed wind farm

Horizon is asking for a special-use permit that would allow up to 223 turbines, each standing up to 499 feet. The proposed Bright Stalk Wind Farm would produce between 300 and 400 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power between 90,000 and 120,000 homes. The turbines would be placed on 225 to 240 homesteads.
16 Aug 2010

Blade failure at Grand Ridge wind site (2)

Dsc_6887_(medium)_thumb Two turbines at the 100.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy wind facility in La Salle County, Illinois, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, experienced blade failures on July 23-24, 2010. A spokeswoman for Invenergy Wind said that, in the event of high winds, the turbines are designed to come to rest with one blade pointing down and parallel to the base of the tower. According to Invenergy, the winds came so quickly that the safety mechanism did not have time to engage.
10 Aug 2010

Blade failure at Grand Ridge wind site

Dsc_6892_-medium-_thumb Two turbines at the 100.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy wind facility in La Salle County, Illinois, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, experienced blade failures on July 23-24, 2010. A spokeswoman for Invenergy Wind said that, in the event of high winds, the turbines are designed to come to rest with one blade pointing down and parallel to the base of the tower. According to Invenergy, the winds came so quickly that the safety mechanism did not have time to engage.
10 Aug 2010

DeKalb County couple against wind farm

So the Hulthens are in Adams County to share their concerns with the residents here. They say they have nothing to gain, they were not paid a salary to come here, they just believe people need to do their research first to make sure everyone associated with a wind farm is happy in the end.
9 Aug 2010

County Board approves wind farm project

After more than two hours of deliberation and public comment at the special board meeting, the board voted 10-6 in favor of the exemption, with Janet Schreck, Dave Jenks, Stephen Johnson, Marvin Hawk, Karen Starbuck and Todd Winkler voting against the project. With the board's approval, Monarch Wind Farm will move on to the next step, securing the financing, which Gay will begin Monday.
7 Aug 2010

County to propose tougher restructions for wind farms

"The subcommittee feels it has finished its charge. That concludes our work," said Bill Welty, chairman of the Subcommittee on Commercial Wind Energy Conversion Systems, at the close of the meeting. Included in the new draft are setbacks nearly twice the state's longest and a noise pollution clause that requires all turbines to impose a marginal five decibel change on typical background sounds.
5 Aug 2010

Wind farm opponents site concerns for crop dusting

The Warren County Board will have a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse to allow testimony on the proposed Monarch Wind Power project between Monmouth and Roseville. ...Opponents of the proposed wind farm on and near the county farm between Monmouth and Roseville remain steadfast. A group calling themselves Warren County Informed sent a mailing this week to county residents encouraging citizens to speak out against the project.
4 Aug 2010

Ameren proposes major transmission line construction

"There are now 5,000 megawatts of wind generation seeking to connect to the Ameren transmission system in Missouri and Illinois. Because of our central location, our transmission facilities are becoming a thoroughfare for routing wind power from other areas as well," Maureen Borkowski, CEO of the newly formed Ameren Transmission Co. (ATX), said in a conference call.
3 Aug 2010

Power lines fall on car after accident, trapping 2 teens

Jessi Creasey, 16, and her passenger, Dani Creasey, 13, were traveling westbound on Empire when a support car with a wind-turbine transportation company traveling eastbound apparently knocked down some low-hanging wires. The support car and semi stopped a safe distance away, said officials with the Bloomington Police Department.
3 Aug 2010

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