Articles from Illinois

Local farmer speaks out against wind project

"The wind turbine industry is a joke in the United States," said Phil Hartke, who farms east of Teutopolis. Hartke said his son Ted Hartke and family have been adversely affected by a 495-foot-tall wind turbine about a quarter-mile from their rural Vermilion County home.
10 Mar 2014

Invenergy wind turbine victim – California Ridge Wind Farm

Invenergyvictim-618x336_thumb This six year old girl is wearing her Hello Kitty headphones to bed in July 2013 because the wind turbines operating on the adjacent farm property is making too much noise. This photo was taken at 10:43 PM after being in bed since 8:00 PM. This scenario repeated for so many nights during each week that, within six months after this photo was taken, the parents and both children abandoned her home and moved eight miles away in order to get away from the nighttime noise.
4 Mar 2014

Suzlon considers foreclosure on Illinois wind farm

The average 24-hour price near Big Sky last year was about $35 a megawatt-hour, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Including tax credits and a government clean-energy cash grant, Big Sky may have earned an average of $67 a megawatt-hour last year, BNEF’s Grace estimated. The project probably needs to earn $80 a megawatt-hour on average over its lifetime to meet a 10 percent hurdle rate, or the minimum acceptable rate of return for an investor, she said.
21 Feb 2014

Debt woes could put big Illinois wind farm in turbine maker's lap

Suzlon agreed in 2009 to finance the project's debt despite the fact that Big Sky didn't have a long-term contract to sell its power at a price that would have ensured its costs would be covered. Project loans by turbine manufacturers aren't unheard of, but they typically are made when there's a long-term power purchase contract in place.
6 Feb 2014

Company confident on proposed wind farm, despite lawsuit

A Minnesota company could start construction on the proposed Green River wind farm in Whiteside and Lee counties late this year or in 2015, a company executive said Thursday. A similar timeline exists for the Walnut Ridge farm in northern Bureau County, which Geronimo bought last year, said Tim Polz, the company’s vice president.
24 Jan 2014

Boone County Board “kicked the can down the road”…

During the meeting, Vince Green, representing Mainstream Renewables changed his tune when he realized his company was “on the ropes”. He said that his company was ready to come to the negotiation table to “voluntarily” increase setbacks from wind turbines in relationship to homes.  His last ditch effort to salvage the marketability of the project showed that Mainstream Renewables may only be saying whatever it takes to keep hope alive.  Mainstream Renewables is known for “flipping” projects for a short-term gain.
17 Jan 2014

Future of wind farm development unclear after split vote in Boone County

Members split the vote 6-6 on increasing the minimum distance that wind turbines must be located from property lines. The proposal failed by a single vote. Applicants interested in obtaining a special use permit to build a specific project must have the approval of the majority of members present for the measure to pass. If the vote is split evenly again, development will not happen.
17 Jan 2014

Lee County settles with couple over wind farm; Residents never received notice about turbines

In 2012, Margina Schwartzbach spoke during a county zoning board meeting, at which the panel was considering another wind farm. She said Goldwind project had disrupted their lives. A turbine near her house, she said, was a constant bother. "It's very annoying," she told the board. "It produces loud humming sounds." At night, she said, it was unbearable.
13 Jan 2014

Wind farm, animal control bring speakers to county board

Mainstream Renewable Power is proposing a project with up to 100 wind turbines for 8,000 acres bordered by North Boone School Board on the south, Grade School Road to the west, Wisconsin state line on the north and McHenry County line to the east. Opponents presented each board member with a stack of petitions signed by 1,300 people who don't want the development.
26 Nov 2013

Third wind turbine blade breaks in East Central Illinois

  For the third time in 17 months, a wind turbine blade manufactured by General Electric has broken off at an East Central Illinois wind farm. The latest incident occurred about 9 p.m. Nov. 20 in Vermilion County at the California Ridge Wind Farm operated by Chicago-based Invenergy. Another turbine blade broke in that same wind farm in November 2012, following a June 2012 blade break at the Settlers Trail Wind Farm near Sheldon.
22 Nov 2013

Wind energy transmission line OK'd; Electricity generated in western Kansas will be sold in eastern states

The approval depends on the developer, Clean Line Energy, getting approvals from the Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana state utility commissions before starting construction in Kansas. The order also specified that construction must begin within five years, and that Clean Line can’t recover any of its costs from Kansas ratepayers.
7 Nov 2013

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