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US Wildlife looking at impact of accidental kills by wind farms

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
20 Jun 2015

School Board votes 'no' on wind farm agreement

One person speaking in opposition referred to the contract as a bribe and another raised the question as to whether or not the conditions of the contract were within the authority of the school board. The board also heard from a man who once lived within the footprint of an existing wind farm and has since abandoned his home due to the sleep disturbances he said his family experienced once the turbines were activated.
19 Jun 2015

Official 'screws up' wind farm vote

"I was frustrated with myself and embarrassed that I didn't pay attention to what I was saying," he told the station. "My vote would have ended this. I screwed up. By admitting this, I will catch a lot of heck. It's eating me up." ...This week officials said the re-vote would happen at the county board's next monthly meeting, which is July 16.
19 Jun 2015

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

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