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The 450-page, 117-count complaint, filed June 30, claims the County Board did not have the authority or jurisdiction to grant the original conditional-use permits to Walnut Ridge Wind in August 2008, nor the authority to approve the permit-extension requests in April.
The developer of a proposed 30-turbine wind farm in Champaign County does not yet have a deal with a utility to buy the output of the project, an attorney for Invenergy LLC admitted Thursday. But "an agreement is in fairly advanced stage of negotiation" with an unnamed utility, Invenergy attorney Michael Blazer told the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals.
Officials with the company proposing a 30-turbine wind farm in northeast Champaign County are asking the county zoning board to allow them to figure in the scrap value of the turbines when covering decommissioning costs.
According to the motion to dismiss, the plaintiffs' claims within each count are based upon conditional-use permits granted by the county board in 2008 and are all untimely and should be dismissed, with prejudice.
A Whiteside County Board member is questioning the county's approach to how far wind turbines should be sited away from towns. Jim Duffy, D-Sterling, said it sounded like the decision about the required distance between turbines and houses already had been made.
At least one member of a Lee County committee is pushing for a longer required distance between wind turbines and homes. The distance is now 1,400 feet ...Many wind farm opponents say that it should be much longer. Some are suggesting it be as far as 1.25 miles away from property lines.
The Pike County Board wants to make sure money's in place to decommission wind farm turbines. Board members Monday adopted a measure requiring developers to provide a surety bond when submitting a wind farm application.
Judge Mitchell Hoffman said Thursday that while the court found the village of Libertyville violated its wind farm statute, the residents did not provide significant evidence nor did they act on their objections in a timely manner.
Without a clear state plan in place, the city decided it cannot and will not move forward in a more decisive way, nor do all residents or aldermen wish the city to pursue the wind farm more proactively. Questions about actual benefits for Evanston residents and the cost of dedicating city staff time to the project were raised during the meeting.
The board of supervisors for Douglas Township, an area around Gilman in west-central Iroquois County, passed a 2,000-foot setback for wind turbines in June - believed to be the first time a township in Illinois has adopted a wind turbine setback more restrictive than its county's, according to Illinois Wind Energy Association.
Harrison said he will be living within 1,100 feet of one turbine and within a mile of three turbines proposed as part of E.On Climate & Renewables' 94-turbine Pioneer Trail Wind Farm. Besides the new scenery, he said he is concerned about the noise and shadow flicker the turbines could produce and the possible effects on his health and on the value of his property as a result.
Evanston officials will take the next step and seek to establish a meteorological center in Lake Michigan to determine whether wind power is strong enough to support a future off-shore wind farm.
Logan, who campaigned for the ban, said he was surprised the vote was so overwhelmingly against turbines. "This is an accurate reflection on how people feel," he said. He said that although the village board wasn't legally bound to the voters' will, it was ethically obligated to follow suit.
Champaign County's first wind farm - as many as 30 turbines in a 10,913-acre area in the northeastern part of the county - will go before the county zoning board of appeals beginning Aug. 25.
With Wednesday's approval, the Invenergy application now moves on to the full county board for final approval. Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon confirmed after the committee meeting the issue will be brought before the county board at its meeting Tuesday.
The group has filed a motion for a summary judgment, asking Judge Mitchell L. Hoffman to rule that the village's current wind turbine ordinance was not written properly and that Aldridge Electric should reapply for a special use permit to continue to run its turbine.
Watseka, Ill. - Most residents of Iroquois County, Ill., a rural farming community on the Indiana border, are supportive of wind farm development.
The complaint claims the county board did not have the authority or jurisdiction to grant the original conditional use permits to Walnut Ridge Wind LLC in August 2008, nor the authority to approve the permit extension requests granted by the county board in April 2011.
If the committee decides the application meets all requirements of the county's wind turbine ordinance, it will recommend that the full board grant a permit. The approval process for the Champaign County portion of the project has not yet been started.
Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon said that Invenergy submitted its application Friday along with a $100,000 permit fee for the proposed 214-megawatt California Ridge Wind Energy Project. John Hall, planning director and zoning administrator for Champaign County, said Champaign has not yet received an application from Invenergy.