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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.
A representative of the renewable energy company EDP Renewables approached the Jasper County Commissioners on the morning of Monday, March 5 to discuss plans for a wind farm which may require use of a local county road. The project, a wind farm, would be located in Benton County. The project was planned to be placed at 2,000 feet west of Benton County Road 1100 East and therefore about 1,500 feet West of Jasper County Road 380, south of Jasper County Road 1900 South. If all goes as intended for the company, Construction may start as early as sometime in April.
The Hopkinton Town Board agreed Tuesday night not to extend the wind overlay zone south of Route 72 as part of their new wind law. The agreement came at a work session in which the public was not allowed to speak.
A zoning administrator acted illegally when she granted applications to a company to build turbines on agricultural land north and east of Fairbank. That’s what the Iowa Court of Appeals said in a Feb. 21 ruling.
A major change to the ordinance involves the noise limit emitting from a wind turbine from 60 decibels to 48 decibels. The second change would increase the required setback for property lines from 1,300 feet to 1,500 feet. ...The noise decibel level will be measured at the nearest primary structure for a participating landowner or at the nearest property line of a non-participating landowner.
"Too often I see county governments be enticed by the thought of additional tax revenue without raising taxes," Martis said Saturday. "But in truth, placing turbines in just a few townships for countywide revenue enhancements is actually a decision to tax those few townships with the loss of amenity at home and quality of life without compensation."
State’s renewable mandate also bringing hundreds of new turbine towers
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.
While the year-long extension of a moratorium on wind energy passed unanimously at Tuesday’s Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board rejected a motion to investigate two county planners.
The North Ridge Wind Project, and the regulations that the town will place on it, has been the subject of much debate over nearly two years. Currently the major issues that remain are whether the town will allow wind turbines to be placed south of State Route 72, as well as some issues of sound limits and setbacks.
The two hour plus evening in Denver featured a panel of concerned citizens, including Lynn Plummer-Studebaker, who helped lead Fulton County’s fight against wind turbines, former Miami County Commissioner Greg Deeds, as well as Larry Long and Joan Null, who both faced a similar battle in Whitley County - and won.
The Yates Town Board has approved revisions to the town's wind energy facilities law that bans wind turbines from within 3 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and also requires bigger property setbacks of at least a half mile.
The county wind-farm statute requires a minimum setback of 1,000 feet from residential properties and bars property owners from building a residential structure within the setback area. That means even landowners who aren’t participating in the project could not build a residential building, or add onto their current home, if it’s within 1,000 feet of a wind turbine.
On Wednesday, the Cherry County Board of Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to reject recommendations by the county's planning and zoning board in regards to wind energy.
Following nearly two hours of often impassioned public comment, the Somerset Town Board on Monday approved a series of changes to the local zoning code aimed at banning the sort of large-scale wind energy system that Apex Clean Energy is proposing. The members' votes were unanimous.
The Somerset Town Board unanimously passed laws Monday that would make it almost impossible for Apex Clean Energy to construct its proposed wind-power project in the town. The Virginia company, however, said it will continue to seek review of its plans through the state siting process.
BLOOMINGTON — A proposal for McLean County's next wind farm still is on track — but with some minor changes.
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Gov. Paul LePage wants to eliminate Maine’s fast-tracked permitting process for commercial wind power projects throughout the state except specific locations within Aroostook County.
The [wind] industry faces the loss of federal development initiatives after 2020, a timetable that spurred the industry to initiate these mega-projects in the first place and place big bets on these enormous farms instead of smaller, quicker projects. ...This transitory surge poses a dilemma to equipment providers and specialized logistics handlers alike: How do they gear up for an expected building spree knowing that it will most likely be short-lived?