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BELVIDERE — A court fight brought by supporters of a Boone County wind farm project can only be against government agencies and not citizen opponents, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Unless Massachusetts residents take on the challenge, they will see millions of dollars transferred from their pockets through higher prices for electricity and taxes to the pockets of companies that own wind farms. Billions of capital investment dollars will be spent on projects that produce tiny amounts of electricity, electricity that is unreliable and low in quality and value.
ALEDO - Wind energy is getting more attention in Mercer County. The issue was a topic of discussion at this week's regular Mercer County Board meeting. A Chicago area company is proposing a wind farm in the northern end of the county.
According to Terry Groves, director of building and zoning for the county, Navitas is likely considering about four farms in various locations around the county. The company may initially apply for zoning for a site on the northeast side of the county, Groves said
Tom Hewson takes a very comprehensive look at the development issues associated with the proposed Baileyville Wind Farm in Illinois.
Jim Meenagh, with John Deere’s corporate office, said the times are a-changing, fuel costs a fortune, and “many progressive people” are looking at alternative energy sources such as wind power. One example is John Deere Credit (JDC). The company is looking to support and expand wind power — and there are many opportunities in the Midwest, Meenagh said.
The idea has been brought up in just about every county in the Stateline. Wednesday night in Ogle County members of the public were invited to come up and voice their opinions to the zoning board of appeals. The room was packed with concerned citizens, so much so that some were forced to listen to testimony from the hallway. Every person that stood up to talk was against the proposed wind farm.
BELVIDERE — Supporters of a proposed wind farm that was rejected by the Boone County Board last month are challenging the county’s decision in court.
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced the launch of the $4 million Renewable Energy Development (RED) Fund that will support community-scale wind energy projects throughout Illinois.
Sue Sliwinski took a 9 day, 3000 mile trip visiting 7 wind farms across several states. Here's her report.