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In April, the board voted 13-11 to establish a 2,000-foot setback, with the provision that a property owner could accept a waiver for as little as 1.1 times the height of the turbine tower -- roughly 400 feet.
Hearings for public comments on a proposed wind farm conducted by the Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals ended Tuesday and the board will consider the comments at a meeting on Wednesday.
The village of Walnut has drawn a line in the sand, and it’s about 1.5 miles outside the village limits. At Monday’s village board meeting, trustees approved two motions to regulate the construction of wind turbines near the village limits.
Through what is commonly known as “tax equity financing,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch will provide the $150 million up front and will be reimbursed through federal production tax credits (PTCs) that the 150-megawatt wind farm receives.
Pierson said an independent engineer was hired to assess the damage to local roads and to determine the percent of damage done by each of the wind farms. When the study was completed, two of the wind farms paid their assessed damage allocation, but Iberdrola balked.
A Minnesota-based wind farm servicing company is contesting six willful safety violations that resulted from an incident at the Iberdola Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm near Odell Oct. 20. The proposed fines for the citations total $378,000. A wind farm technician reportedly experienced severe burns from an electrical arc flash during the incident.
The project seemed full speed ahead just months ago, before it was met with intense scrutiny from nearby residents and some city officials. Now, the UI has dropped the plan, and the move has sparked different reactions from both sides.
"We're here to get the message out to Mrs. Jakobsson and other representatives and the public this message that wind is not a viable, reliable source of energy to depend on." Ihrke said the effectiveness of wind energy has no scientific backing to it.
“If we had our choice we would do what Grayslake did who said ‘keep them out of here,’” Gates said. Grayslake officials voted in February to prohibit wind turbines in residential areas. Any other wind energy proposals must go before the board for approval.
The company complained that new county board members and turnover in the zoning office have led to "the initiation/approval of several new siting rules/requirements that will discourage future wind development in the county."
In a strongly worded letter to landowners, Iberdrola Renewables said its proposed wind farm near Benson is on hold because of concerns about the new Woodford County Board, which is perceived to be opposed to wind farm development.
At Thursday's meeting, the board voted against a proposed moratorium or "time out" on future wind farm development, with a 7 yes, 17 no vote. Instead, the board voted unanimously to direct the Zoning Committee to work quickly on amending the existing zoning ordinance concerning wind farms.
Objections centered around existing problems which some residents are having with the Big Sky wind farm near Ohio. Those problems were stated by objectors as interrupted television reception, shadow flickering caused by the turning turbine blades, noise levels, and the lack by the Big Sky owners to take care of those problems in a timely fashion.
The committee was dissolved prematurely. None of the most important issues, including noise, setbacks, shadow flicker, property values and decommissioning, were given due consideration. The fact that the committee spent about 10 minutes out of the entire eight meetings on setbacks speaks to the inadequacy of the entire process.
Evanston officials began studying a citizens initiative several years ago, proposing Lake Michigan seven miles off Evanston's shore would be an ideal place for a wind farm. The original concept called for 40 turbines.
"The county ordinance was developed by planning people in many communities," he said. "I think the research done on it was very extensive. We're looking at it (a local wind ordinance) for the protection of our residents but also to allow wind turbines in reasonable circumstances.
With power at a cost of 8 cents a kilowatt, the turbines would save the city $576 a year in rebates from ComEd ...And with a project cost of $213,500, the city decided that amount of savings was not enough.
Porter said a lot of new information has been learned about wind farms since Bureau County issued the three-year Walnut Ridge conditional use permits in 2008, in the months of August, November and December. Bureau County needs to go back to its zoning ordinances and stipulations before going ahead.
Apparently, some board members didn't know of the proposed project until they read about it in the newspaper. At the board's monthly meeting Tuesday, member Bill Milby, whose district includes Deer Grove, said a number of people have contacted him expressing their concerns about the proposed wind farm.
By a 9-5 vote the Warren County Board last week approved a revised lease with Monarch Wind Power LLC for the delayed wind farm project planned ...The fact that Monarch has not broken ground was of considerable concern to Stahl and board members Marvin Hawk, Stephen Johnson and Dave Jenks.