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Two of three townships in Vermilion County where the Hoopeston wind project is being planned have agreed to waive their zoning process and allow the county to regulate the planned development. Tonight, the Vermilion County Board will consider agreements with Ross and Grant townships in northern Vermilion County that will spell out the township boards' understanding that the county will oversee the siting of the turbines.
While wind turbines rotate east of Streator and Ottawa, lawmakers in Wisconsin are debating wind farm policy that could serve as a national model.
As the costs of a University of Illinois wind turbine increase, south Urbana residents worried how the turbine would affect their property values brought more questions to a second public meeting on Monday night. The UI offered an alternative to the primary concern raised at a first meeting in December; residents wondered if the 400-foot turbine's proposed location could be moved farther west to minimize the effects.
After seven years of planning, the University has given an ultimatum to its proposed wind turbine project, possibly ending the project's existence due to budget concerns. The project, which would provide at least 1.5 megawatts of electricity for campus use, has an estimated cost of about $5.2 million by the University's calculations - a number that is $700,000 more than what was budgeted.
Recent decisions in the communities of Clayton and Golden to adopt a 1.5-mile wind turbine setback from their boundaries likely won't cause the Adams County Board to reconsider a countywide wind ordinance. The $300 million Prairie Mills Wind Farm proposal calls for developers to build 96 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for a 144-megawatt wind farm in the Camp Point, Clayton and Golden area.
Polz also said two wind farms the company has completed in Wisconsin could not have been built under the proposed regulations. The company, though, wouldn't necessarily consider increasing its business in Illinois, Polz said. "We're already developing projects in other states," he said. "This would just preclude our business from happening in Wisconsin."
Plan commissioners are set to discuss an amendment to a wind turbine ordinance and the development of the Lake County Government Center Libertyville campus at Monday's plan commission meeting. ...The village board in September approved a moratorium on wind turbine construction.
Amy Allen, junior in Engineering and president of Students for Environmental Concerns, said that the project has been delayed for seven years.
Wind farms remain a hot button issue in Woodford County. On Tuesday night, the County Board voted 10-5 to pass a resolution to temporarily halt issuing new wind farm permits until Sept. 21, pending the state's attorney's decision on the legality of the resolution.
The release from Acciona and Global Winds Harvest announced that Global Winds Harvest would be taking sole ownership of the Prairie Mills wind project. ...The project has run into some recent road blocks, with the villages of Clayton and Golden voting to ban turbine development within a 1.5 mile area of each respective village.
After struggling with the controversial issue of wind energy regulations for the past two years, Lake County Board members may separate regulations for large wind farm proposals and smaller turbine requests. ...With several board members leaning against approval of larger turbine farms in Lake County, that move could open the door for requests for smaller turbines that are not seen as the primary use of a property.
Unanticipated costs and unanswered questions have created the potential for a bigger price tag on the University of Illinois' wind turbine project, and officials will wait at least until March to get approval from the school's board of trustees.
This is the noise from turbine #30/31 in a NextEra Energy Resources (FPL) industrial wind facility taken on 12/17/2010 ~ 8:45am. The full magnitude of the noise is hard to capture with a consumer JVC camcorder, but it's a small glimpse into what Dave and Stephanie Hulthen and their four children hear and experience continually. Visit the Hulthen Family's blog to better understand what this family has been subjected to since NextEra's Dekalb County project went online. Duration: 51 seconds
Permanent restrictions on wind energy development passed the Clayton Village Board Tuesday night. Trustees voted 5-0 to restrict development in the village and within a 1.5-mile radius surrounding the town limits. Trustee Bert Janssen abstained from the vote.
On Jan. 1, a new Wisconsin state law took effect that wind energy advocates call an important step - and even a national model - for alleviating the chaotic and shifting patchwork of municipal and county siting regulations that can create great uncertainty and moving goalposts for wind developers.
Residents got a chance to deliver their concerns publicly Thursday night during the first of two informational meetings University of Illinois officials plan as a project to construct a wind turbine in unincorporated Urbana continues toward construction. ...Many wonder why the turbine cannot be moved farther from established neighborhoods.
After hearing complaints at Tuesday night's meeting from Ohio residents Todd and Deb Anderson about the Big Sky wind farm, the Bureau County Board discussed the need to re-evaluate the county's zoning ordinances, especially in regards to wind farms, as well as the possible need to place a moratorium on any future building of wind farms in Bureau County.
The decision to review the lease sprang from a straightforward request by State's Attorney Chip Algren. The developer was asking for a four-year extension of a clause in the 2007 agreement that would have allowed the county to terminate the lease of the county farm in August 2011 if Monarch was not producing electricity by then.
Todd and Deb Anderson addressed the Bureau County Board Tuesday with complaints of poor television reception since the activation of the wind turbines that have been erected around their home this year, prompting board members to discuss imposing a moratorium on future wind farm developments in the county.
With the wind turbines considered taxable property this year, the Hartsburg-Emden School District has proposed a property tax increase of a little more than 27 percent applicable only to new properties -- in this case, the Logan County portion of the wind farm. School officials want the wind farm to carry more of the property tax burden.