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Board Chairman David Hepler said Monday commissioners are prepared for large turnouts at an initial board meeting scheduled for Thursday at the Logan County Courthouse and at a second meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, when a board vote is anticipated. Both meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals came up with a two-to-two tie vote on a conditional use permit for the Meridien wind farm project on Wednesday. As a result, the project will go before the Logan County Board on July 16 and 21 with just five conditional recommendations from the ZBA.
Heavy black smoke and flames billowed out of the gearbox, rotor shaft and brake assembly case of the horizontal axis wind turbine (W7). Most of one flaming propeller fell to the ground.
Citing nonpayment for services rendered, Fort Worth, Texas-based construction services firm AUI Holdings aims to foreclose on the Sublette, Ill.-based Papiech wind project, which consists of a 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbine perched on a post-tensioned 100-meter concrete tower.
IKEA (the furniture company) and APEX (a wind energy company) failed to make payments to Ambassador Steel Fabrication, LLS from Auburn, Indiana for work completed at the Hoopeston wind farm. The lien document pages can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
One person speaking in opposition referred to the contract as a bribe and another raised the question as to whether or not the conditions of the contract were within the authority of the school board. The board also heard from a man who once lived within the footprint of an existing wind farm and has since abandoned his home due to the sleep disturbances he said his family experienced once the turbines were activated.
"I was frustrated with myself and embarrassed that I didn't pay attention to what I was saying," he told the station. "My vote would have ended this. I screwed up. By admitting this, I will catch a lot of heck. It's eating me up." ...This week officials said the re-vote would happen at the county board's next monthly meeting, which is July 16.
In his report, he noted that while the ZBA found that the application met or generally met the vague “special use” provisions in the county code, it did not meet other standards, such as Standard 3(ii), which states that “The Special Use will not substantially and permanently injure the appropriate use of neighboring property.”
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — Measures advertised as promoting "clean energy" in Illinois — including a plan pushed by power-producing giant Exelon Corp. — have stalled in the General Assembly, consumed, supporters say, by bickering over the state budget and an unsettled energy outlook.
In a phone interview, McCarter said proponents “ignore the reality” that significant costs would be passed on to end users if the state adopts a 35 percent renewable energy standard by 2030. “If we shift to 35 percent the cost is going to be outrageous,” he said. ...In Wisconsin, a state which he said has laid out a less ambitious program than what is being proposed in Illinois, researchers found the cost to consumers to be in the billions.
A wind turbine near Emington burned Sunday afternoon, bringing attention from people for miles.
Developers with plans for a large-scale power plant in Jessup have gone to great lengths to show they can be good neighbors in Lackawanna County. Whether Invenergy LLC can keep its word depends on whom you ask in other municipalities where it has facilities.
"On approach, we could see a lot of heavy smoke coming from the turbine," said Manchester. "As we got closer, we were able to see there was quite a bit of flame coming from the top portion of the turbine where the blades attach.
U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm of the Central District Court in Peoria ruled that the wind farm’s contract with the government agency wasn’t exempt from a federal review of environmental impacts. Although the extent of the developer’s obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act are not yet known, the project could be delayed for years.
Officials from Relight US Corp., a Delaware-based company that has been tied to the project for years, have said they want to connect more with the community to see how their former proposal was shot down and what changes could be made to move forward on the estimated $400 million project.
It's meant to give non-participating landowners more protection. The setback requirements for wind turbines built in Iroquois County were given more teeth in a 14-4 vote (Tuesday) by the County Board.
"No matter how worthy you believe a cause, other people's lives should not be disregarded or their health and welfare diminished in an effort to achieve your goal," said Cary Shineldecker, of Mason County, Michigan, who recently sold his home on 16 acres of land for $80,000 under his original asking price.
A wind turbine was supposed to pay an Ogle County school's electric bill every month. Three years after it was installed, it hasn't covered a dime. 13 News is Digging Deeper into the cost of the wind turbine's failure to launch. At Eswood Elementary, there's no shortage of wind going around. So why isn't its wind turbine going around?
The Grain Belt Express has run into controversy, mainly because it is a privately held company that has yet to build a wind farm or transmission line. The five-member Illinois Commerce Commission has to give permission for the project to continue.