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Senate Bill 167, introduced by Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, would allow communities without a zoning ordinance to restrict the development within 1.5 miles of town.
A lawsuit seeking an injunction against a proposed tri-county wind farm in this area remains unresolved, and a follow-up hearing has been set for April 29 in Rockford federal court, attorneys say. Meanwhile, planning efforts continue for the wind farm, which would stretch across Stephenson, Ogle, and Winnebago counties.
After going through a long process to get the wind farm through the zoning board and approved by the county board last year, in December Monarch requested an extension of their lease. It needed the extra time because the lease included a clause allowing the county to terminate the lease if Monarch was not producing electricity by August.
An official from PNE Wind USA Inc. confirmed Friday the company intends to erect a wind farm in northern Tazewell County and has just finished a meteorological tower that will help the company determine the number and size of the turbines it will use.
At its Feb. 8 meeting, the county board heard a written statement from a group of Walnut area residents opposing the Walnut Ridge extension requests. In its statement, the group asked the county board to deny any extension ...until the county board could do further study of existing data on what the group called "the very real and adverse affects" of wind turbines.
The Warren County Board again tabled a decision on renewing the Monarch Wind Farms lease of the county farm. The lease has a termination clause that would allow the board to end the lease if the wind farm was not producing electricity by August. In December, State's Attorney Chip Algren said Monarch had contacted him and asked for an extension. Construction, which is expected to begin this spring, has been slowed by the state's funding issues.
Lee County's moratorium on new wind farms expired Tuesday, but some County Board members argued for extending it. The board didn't vote on the issue at its monthly meeting.
Two of three townships in Vermilion County where the Hoopeston wind project is being planned have agreed to waive their zoning process and allow the county to regulate the planned development. Tonight, the Vermilion County Board will consider agreements with Ross and Grant townships in northern Vermilion County that will spell out the township boards' understanding that the county will oversee the siting of the turbines.
As the costs of a University of Illinois wind turbine increase, south Urbana residents worried how the turbine would affect their property values brought more questions to a second public meeting on Monday night. The UI offered an alternative to the primary concern raised at a first meeting in December; residents wondered if the 400-foot turbine's proposed location could be moved farther west to minimize the effects.
After seven years of planning, the University has given an ultimatum to its proposed wind turbine project, possibly ending the project's existence due to budget concerns. The project, which would provide at least 1.5 megawatts of electricity for campus use, has an estimated cost of about $5.2 million by the University's calculations - a number that is $700,000 more than what was budgeted.
Recent decisions in the communities of Clayton and Golden to adopt a 1.5-mile wind turbine setback from their boundaries likely won't cause the Adams County Board to reconsider a countywide wind ordinance. The $300 million Prairie Mills Wind Farm proposal calls for developers to build 96 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for a 144-megawatt wind farm in the Camp Point, Clayton and Golden area.
Polz also said two wind farms the company has completed in Wisconsin could not have been built under the proposed regulations. The company, though, wouldn't necessarily consider increasing its business in Illinois, Polz said. "We're already developing projects in other states," he said. "This would just preclude our business from happening in Wisconsin."
Plan commissioners are set to discuss an amendment to a wind turbine ordinance and the development of the Lake County Government Center Libertyville campus at Monday's plan commission meeting. ...The village board in September approved a moratorium on wind turbine construction.
Amy Allen, junior in Engineering and president of Students for Environmental Concerns, said that the project has been delayed for seven years.
The release from Acciona and Global Winds Harvest announced that Global Winds Harvest would be taking sole ownership of the Prairie Mills wind project. ...The project has run into some recent road blocks, with the villages of Clayton and Golden voting to ban turbine development within a 1.5 mile area of each respective village.
Unanticipated costs and unanswered questions have created the potential for a bigger price tag on the University of Illinois' wind turbine project, and officials will wait at least until March to get approval from the school's board of trustees.
Residents got a chance to deliver their concerns publicly Thursday night during the first of two informational meetings University of Illinois officials plan as a project to construct a wind turbine in unincorporated Urbana continues toward construction. ...Many wonder why the turbine cannot be moved farther from established neighborhoods.
The decision to review the lease sprang from a straightforward request by State's Attorney Chip Algren. The developer was asking for a four-year extension of a clause in the 2007 agreement that would have allowed the county to terminate the lease of the county farm in August 2011 if Monarch was not producing electricity by then.
Roy Douglas knows it will not be too long before his family loses its five-generation farm to encroaching development ...but right now, he is more worried about losing the horizon and his peace of mind to the university's proposal to build up to three 400-foot wind turbines on the land across the street, less than 1,000 feet from his front door.
About 100 people attend a public hearing on wind energy Monday evening in Golden. Village officials approved a temporary moratorium early this month as they take the steps to enact permanent ban on wind energy development within Golden and the 1.5-mile radius surrounding the village.