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Large projects, like the proposed 80-turbine wind farm near Benson, will see the greatest impact. Navitas Energy will see fees increase from $2,000 per turbine to about $4,000, based on the height. The company will have to get special-use permits for each parcel of ground it will use in the project.
The key to the legislation, Sweeney said, is to consistently tax the wind farms within parameters of existing federal tax credits and state industrial and agricultural tax rates, while also providing incentives for more developments.
BENSON — A proposed 80-turbine wind farm near Benson has generated concerns among some local residents about the value of the project.
PRINCETON - A wind developing company received only a few questions from Bureau County residents at a public hearing Thursday regarding construction of 57 wind turbines near the village of Ohio. The Bureau County Zoning Board of Appeals heard very few concerns and questions before unanimously approving conditional use permits and 18 variances for the turbines.
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.
BELVIDERE — The next stop for a proposal to bring a wind farm to Boone County could be the state attorney general’s office.
The third topic, "Wind Energy," addresses an issue that is of particular interest in this region, especially to Knox County. Wind energy has received much interest in the past several years as a revenue-enhancing enterprise for farmers. Recent congressional discussion has recently placed wind energy in the spotlight as well.
WOODFORD COUNTY -- A rural county could get millions of dollars from a wind farm. But the possibility of seeing wind turbines on the horizon is create some controversy.
SAYBROOK - Construction of a $600 million wind farm near Arrowsmith and Saybrook is on schedule this month, according to the developer, despite a wetland and archeological study pending with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
BLOOMINGTON -- Construction of the $500 million wind farm in eastern McLean County apparently is on hold for wetland conservation, not national security.
BENSON -- A $200 million wind farm is set to bring 80 enormous turbines to the fields near Benson, where not everyone is a fan.
The company plants to build about 57 turbines in Bureau County, with the possibility of building 85 in Lee County.
GALESBURG - Could national security concerns slow the progress of two local wind farm projects? Not likely, but anything is possible when the federal government gets involved, according to the developers spearheading wind farms near Bishop Hill and Alexis.
CHICAGO - Illinois Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama are among six U.S. senators who sent a letter Friday to two federal agencies expressing concern after the federal government stopped work on wind farms while it studies whether the giant turbines could interfere with military radar.
Study to examine projects' effect on military operations
BENSON (AP) -- Woodford County residents will get a chance next month to hear more about a proposed wind farm that would involve 80 gigantic turbines.
The Boone County Alliance Against Intrusive Energy wants the board to re-vote on approving a special use permit for the farm.
BELVIDERE — A special meeting this week that set the stage for the county's first wind farm was improper, and anything decided in that meeting should be considered void, the Boone County state's attorney has ruled.
Some board members didn’t even know there was a meeting. Others say they knew about the meeting but were not prepared to vote on the wind farm.