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Wind farm project not dismissed

In his report, he noted that while the ZBA found that the application met or generally met the vague “special use” provisions in the county code, it did not meet other standards, such as Standard 3(ii), which states that “The Special Use will not substantially and permanently injure the appropriate use of neighboring property.”
12 Jun 2015

‘Clean Jobs Bill’ would pass increases on to customers; Critic says costs of meeting new standards ‘outrageous’

In a phone interview, McCarter said proponents “ignore the reality” that significant costs would be passed on to end users if the state adopts a 35 percent renewable energy standard by 2030. “If we shift to 35 percent the cost is going to be outrageous,” he said. ...In Wisconsin, a state which he said has laid out a less ambitious program than what is being proposed in Illinois, researchers found the cost to consumers to be in the billions.
28 May 2015

Another Iberdrola turbine in flames

10406642_10153314144619561_8038242542069749243_n_thumb The flaming turbine is part of Iberdrola Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project located in  Livingston County, IL. The 300 megawatt facility includes 150 Gamesa G87 2.0 MW turbines. It was placed in-service in March 2010. Residents reported that fire crews were acting “traffic control only”.  Iberdrola trucks arrived after fire crews left. The turbine was still burning when Iberdrola left. 
24 May 2015

Judge rules against Bureau County wind farm developers; Walnut Ridge project must clear environmental hurdles

U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm of the Central District Court in Peoria ruled that the wind farm’s contract with the government agency wasn’t exempt from a federal review of environmental impacts. Although the extent of the developer’s obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act are not yet known, the project could be delayed for years.
13 May 2015

Logan County skeptical of wind turbine project

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.
3 May 2015

Transmission line faces court challenge

“Too many aspects of the ICC’s final order put landowner rights, livelihoods and investments at risk. Whatever the outcome of RICL, it will set case law and precedent for future private companies hoping to grab rights to our private property,” said ILA board member Curt Jacobs in a prepared statement.
21 Feb 2015

Experts offers insight to wind farm questions

He also illustrated reasons for people to sell property with a turbine on or near it include health impacts. ...He said it’s [not] a “conspiracy theory” among neighbors when it comes to those health impacts, but he affirmed those events do occur. ...Property impact studies have been done throughout the world and one he described showed assessed values indicated a 20 percent deviation from assessed sale value.
11 Feb 2015

Board of Appeals meeting Monday night.

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.
10 Feb 2015

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Illinois&p=6
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