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A 266-tower wind farm is one step closer to becoming a reality, but some Bishop Hill residents say the project will hurt their historical town. The Henry County Zoning Board of Appeals voted Wednesday to recommend to the Henry County Board that wind energy company Invenergy, Inc. receive conditional use permits for the towers. The company is one of three proposing to locate towers in the area but some residents in Bishop Hill, a historical Swedish settlement from the 1800s that features preserved buildings from that time, oppose the plan.
CAMBRIDGE — The Henry County planning committee Monday night unanimously ruled Invenergy’s 266-permit application for a wind energy farm consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan. The firm has signed up 168 landowners with a total of 377 parcels in their project area, stretching from rural Galva to rural Woodhull.
BISHOP HILL — Invenergy LLC’s project application includes some basics about the project. Bishop Hill Energy has 35-year easement agreements and wind rights for a 400-megawatt project on 378 land parcels in several townships stretching roughly between Galva and Woodhull. Each wind turbine has a 262-foot hub height and 253- to 272-foot rotor diameter, secured by a concrete foundation that can vary in design depending on soil conditions.
EUREKA - As development grows in Woodford County, so does the need for more personnel to monitor zoning-related issues, a majority of the County Board believes. With a 7-4 vote Tuesday, the County Board voted to scrap a plan that would have eliminated a zoning specialist from the county's tentative fiscal year 2007 budget.
CAMBRIDGE - About 35,000 acres of land in Henry County have been leased to a wind energy company that hopes to bring 266 wind towers to the area. Michael Arndt, development manager with Wisconsin-based Invenergy LLC, told the Henry County Board on Tuesday night his company will soon meet with the county's planning committee and Zoning Board of Appeals to formally request special use permits for the towers.
The Sierra Club on Tuesday asked the U.S. Environmental Appeals Board to leave intact City Water, Light and Power's construction permit for its new coal-fired generator, which includes the purchase of wind power and emissions reductions the environmental group negotiated. Its filing is in response to Springfield developer David Maulding's request last week that the appeals board review the permit and strip it of the Sierra Club-negotiated requirements.
BENSON - A wind farm developer who wants to construct a 79-turbine farm in rural Woodford County has been asked by three townships to pony up an additional $200,000, according to the company. But Minneapolis-based Navitas Energy will not pay any kind of inducement fee, or extra money requested by the townships, thereby throwing a "big kink" in the overall wind farm project.
ELLSWORTH - Building a wind farm is not as simple as putting up some windmills and waiting for the wind to blow. The wind farm under construction in McLean County, about 15 miles east of Bloomington, has involved almost five years of planning, permitting, negotiating with local governments and landowners and improving roads and other infrastructure.
EUREKA -- Questions about which roads will be used during the construction phase of a wind farm has delayed the approval process by a month.
BENSON - Heavy truck loads rumbling into Woodford County and carrying the pieces that compose large wind turbines could damage rural roads, officials said Friday. Because of this concern, the three townships affected by a proposed 79-turbine wind farm project northeast of Benson want to formally approve the project themselves before it moves forward.
EUREKA -- Woodford County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Committee, will hear a wind farm presentation at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Roanoke/Benson Junior High School, Benson.
PRINCETON - Big Sky LLC received zoning permits Tuesday for part of a $300 million wind farm project but does not plan to build in Bureau County until the county's tax assessment on wind farms decreases.
BELVIDERE — For the second time in 10 months, the Boone County Board Wednesday voted down a proposal for a 15-turbine wind farm, the county’s first, after nearly two hours of discussion. The board voted 7-4 against the project in a near repeat of October’s tally, when it voted 8-4 against the proposal.
BELVIDERE — Sparks flew Wednesday night as the Boone County Board voted to postpone action on a proposed wind farm that has left the board sharply divided.
The Zoning Board of Appeals decision not to recommend it is deemed "logically inconsistent".
Livingston County recently amended its zoning ordinance to regulate tower height, setback zoning, lighting, noise level, and other variables concerning wind towers. But the county board wants to further regulate wind energy conversion systems before they crop up in Livingston County, and has a committee in place studying the issue.
ALEDO - A set of wind turbine ordinances have been adopted in Mercer County. The Mercer County Board approved the new policies last week, which are uniform to neighboring counties. The measures take into account setbacks and building permit fees for new towers.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board unanimously approved a wind energy ordinance Wednesday that will provide zoning regulations for wind farms.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board will vote Wednesday on a wind ordinance for the county's zoning regulations.