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Construction of the world's largest wind farm in eastern McLean County should be put on hold, according to a lawsuit filed by an Ellsworth family that would live next to it.
The Zoning Board of Appeals decision not to recommend it is deemed "logically inconsistent".
A boon to the economy, say some; others warn of pitfalls
Livingston County recently amended its zoning ordinance to regulate tower height, setback zoning, lighting, noise level, and other variables concerning wind towers. But the county board wants to further regulate wind energy conversion systems before they crop up in Livingston County, and has a committee in place studying the issue.
GALESBURG - Wind turbines need more than just masses of moving air before they can begin producing electricity.
Open land and adequate wind have wind farm developers planning nearly 380 wind turbines within a 25-mile radius of Galesburg in the next few years.
ALEDO - A set of wind turbine ordinances have been adopted in Mercer County. The Mercer County Board approved the new policies last week, which are uniform to neighboring counties. The measures take into account setbacks and building permit fees for new towers.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board unanimously approved a wind energy ordinance Wednesday that will provide zoning regulations for wind farms.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board will vote Wednesday on a wind ordinance for the county's zoning regulations.
A 233-wind turbine project in eastern La Salle County is nearing the final stages of land acquisition and still is on pace to begin construction in April 2007.
MONMOUTH - Warren County leaders want to be prepared if a wind energy developer decides to build turbines in the region. With a wind energy developer interested in Warren County, zoning officials spent the last several months researching the issue and creating an ordinance that regulates wind energy systems. The Warren County Board unanimously approved the ordinance Wednesday.
ROCKFORD A coalition of governments and businesses on Thursday will unveil plans to build a multimillion dollar alternative energies research and demonstration center on the south side of the Chicago/Rockford International Airport.
Wind turbines were a subject of debate in the House Tuesday as members bided their time while legislative leaders and Gov. Rod Blagojevich worked on the budget.
GALESBURG - The word "occupied" could pose a 1,000-foot problem for a wind energy company trying to put wind towers in Knox County.
PRINCETON - A Tiskilwa family's attempt to build a small wind farm was postponed indefinitely Tuesday when the Bureau County Board voted against 10-year property tax abatements for the project.
Local wind farm developers Matt Kauffman and Todd Sears — doing business as Agriwind LLC — suffered a setback Tuesday night in their bid to build a five-turbine wind farm on less than 10 acres west of Tiskilwa.
BENSON - The fields around Benson may be dotted with power-generating wind turbines in a few years.
TISKILWA - Local developers are continuing preparations to build a small-scale family-owned wind farm in Bureau County despite resistance to tax breaks for the project.
SIBLEY – The Ford County Board has cleared the way for possible development of a wind farm.