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Public hearings set for Livingston County wind farm

Several other changes may be considered by the board in the future, including changes to the current zoning regulations that would allow for a guarantee from the wind farm company that property values wouldn't decrease because of a new wind farm. The county also may consider a moratorium on wind farm projects until the ordinances can be updated.
17 Oct 2014

Illinois bats face increasing threat from wind turbines

s if white-nose syndrome wasn’t enough, the nation’s bats have another problem: wind turbines that are becoming increasingly more common on the American landscape. For two months, Paul Cryan, a research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, set up thermal video surveillance cameras to find out why up to 900,000 bats are killed by windmills each year.
16 Oct 2014

Macon County awaits movement on wind turbines project

The winds across the northern plains of Macon County have have continued to flow uninterrupted by any wind turbines. That was not meant to be the case, as county officials moved quickly last year to set the groundwork to build upward of 118 wind turbines across the northern part of the county near Maroa, with a plan that turbines could begin to dot the landscape as early as this fall.
28 Sep 2014

Wind farm opponents to host meeting Saturday

Linda Ambrose, one of the organizers, said the purpose of the meeting is to get information to the public about the dangers of wind farms. "Wind farms have changed in the last few years and we want to get the word out to the public that we are opposed to this," she said.
19 Sep 2014

Rules review won't delay wind farm applications

Vermilion County officials don't plan to consider a moratorium on applications for wind-farm permits while a committee reviews rules regulating wind turbines. "We feel we don't have the legal ability to do that. In essence, that's zoning. From a legal standpoint, we don't feel we can issue a moratorium."
17 Sep 2014

Townships sue wind farm over roadway issues

Highland and Vienna townships are embroiled in a lawsuit with the wind farm, alleging the company breached its contracts by not indemnifying the townships for costs associated with the road repairs. ...“There was a failure associated with a substantial percent of roadways. You had people who couldn’t get to their homes without their cars being completely covered in tar."
12 Sep 2014

County reopens wind rules

Darrell Cambron of Rankin, one of the longtest-running residents to voice concerns, spoke to the board and indicated reviewing the wind ordinance was “right and fair thing to do.” Ted Hartke of Hope, who also has spoken out regarding the wind turbines and ordinance, said the board “must make adjustments to correct” the ordinance.
10 Sep 2014

The costs of decommissioning

At last month’s county board meeting, Gerdes shared an in-depth study his group had done by a Virginia-based company on decommissioning costs. As previously reported in the BCR, the study revealed the total cost to take down 87 turbines was just over $19.4 million, or about $224,000 per turbine. At that rate, the cost to decommission Big Sky could potentially be in the $10-12 million range.
11 Jun 2014
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