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Progress is being made on a DeKalb County wind energy ordinance, ahead of an 18-month moratorium that was passed last year and is in effect until September or until an ordinance is passed.
MONMOUTH — A massive project to bring wind power to West Central Illinois may be in the works.
Members of the Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission tonight will consider the addition of solar and wind energy system regulations to the Danville Zoning Ordinance.
County plan panel listens to residents voice safety, health concerns
DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said the moratorium to come up with a wind farm ordinance still is in effect through September. That comes after the County Board approved a solar farm ordinance that went into effect last month. Pietrowski said the board is still in the research process for the wind farm ordinance, and there is no draft of the ordinance yet.
There are some people who will gain little from the project, yet still face potential light and noise pollution, along with clutter on the rural landscape. ...Those are the people the County Board must work to protect while still respecting the rights of landowners to put their property to its best and most productive use.
The DeWitt County Board's decisions Thursday night to expand the setback around wind farm turbine towers but not limit their height pleased a developer proposing such a project but left some residents unhappy.
She was among about 70 people who attended the meeting of the ZBA, which recommended limiting the height of any tower to 499 feet ...also called for requiring a minimum distance of 2,000 feet between a tower and the nearest house. The current ordinance requires a setback of 1,500 feet.
BLOOMINGTON — It's official: two wind farms are coming to northern McLean County.
Missouri is no longer the lone holdout to approve a high-voltage transmission project scheduled to span four states, bringing wind energy from western Kansas through Northeast Missouri further east.
Wind energy has been a contentious subject in Livingston County since Invenergy first filed an application to build a wind farm near Fairbury in 2014. While setbacks were increased countywide after the County Board acted on results from the 2016 general election referendum, the possibility of more wind turbines coming to the area, especially in the northeastern townships, remains an open question.
Meeting will provide 'neighbor-to-neighbor' updates about wind ordinance
The McDonough County Board’s road and bridge committee voted Thursday to recommend approval of an agreement to hire an attorney to draw up a contract for road use in constructing wind turbines on area farmland.
A company spokesman says a major upgrade is underway, and 63 wind turbines will come down over the next two to three months. Some parts may be on the ground for some time. They will be replaced by fewer but larger turbines in coming months.
The board voted 10-8 to let Chicago-based alternative energy company Invenergy build its proposed McLean County Wind Energy Center near Chenoa and Lexington after board members failed repeatedly to change or delay the proposal as approved last month by the county's Zoning Board of Appeals.
The 120-day moratorium that was approved in October was set to expire soon. At the insistence of board member Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, the ban will not be lifted until the board approves a revised ordinance regulating wind farms.
About a decade since it was initially proposed, ground has yet to be broken on the proposed Ford Ridge Wind Farm near Sibley. Yet despite the slow development, the company behind the project is hopeful to begin construction soon, with the wind farm being fully operational in just a few years.
BLOOMINGTON — A proposal for McLean County's next wind farm still is on track — but with some minor changes.
The Lexington City Council held a public discussion meeting in the high school gymnasium on Jan. 22 to get local feedback on Chicago-based Invenergy’s intent to construct, own and operate 18 wind turbines within the mile-and-a-half setback of the City of Lexington’s corporate limits.