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A Rankin area resident who has lobbied the Vermilion County board for more than two years for changes to the county wind farm ordinance is one of about 20 people who have filed to run for county board next year.
The turbine has been out of commission since Sept. 19 when “a piece of equipment in the electrical distribution system tied to the wind turbine failed,” college spokesman Josh Reinhart said Friday.
Chris Nickell, vice president of site establishment for Springfield Project Development, said Wednesday that plans for the wind farm had to be redrawn after the Sangamon County Board changed the zoning rules last year and required that large wind turbines had to be farther from property lines and houses.
At a public forum on Monday, residents of La Salle County spoke out against a proposed power transmission line that would run through the county. The forum was at the Mendota High School gymnasium and was moderated by the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is in the process of considering Rock Island Clean Line's application to build a 3,500-megawatt high voltage direct current power transmission line across Illinois.
McGrath said “clearly Sheldon Township has given (E.On) significantly more than a reasonable opportunity to complete the necessary repairs.” McGrath noted that concerns about deficient road work had been raised by Yana since September 2011, two months before the wind farm was even finished. E.On, in court filings, denies that it breached the contract but argues that Sheldon Township did.
Low frequency noise can affect people differently — like fingernails on a chalkboard. This may not bother one person, but it may negatively impact another. When turbines are at their noisiest, it is like experiencing motion sickness and/or a feeling of anxiety.
A Florida power company that developed a wind farm in DeKalb and Lee counties has removed to federal court a local farmer's lawsuit that claims wind turbines devastated his quality of life, killed his livestock and made his property virtually worthless.
He said the 1,500-foot setback from the property lines “is a good compromise.” However, the current ordinance doesn’t look at the height of the wind turbines, which he said have grown over the years. Some can reach up to 500 feet. “We want to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the residents as well as the property values of land owners,” he said.
Alt said there have been residents from within all the area wind farms voicing concerns with noise and other issues. He said not all their stories are the same, but they are close, and he can't believe they are all making it up. The wind companies disagree with such claims, and board members have challenged them for proof. "And I can't see why we should OK something that draws this much controversy from people who don't have anything to do with them."
The revisions call for the wind ordinance to be changed so that the setback between turbines and nonparticipating primary structures - or homes located on property not being leased for a wind farm - be increased from 1,500 feet to a distance equivalent to 12 times the rotar diameter.
The lawsuit said the wind farm is incompatible with surrounding land uses, will decrease property values, destroy views, create shadow flicker and "incessant and annoying" noise, and hurt wildlife. The lawsuit also identified procedural errors. The company, for instance, failed to provide a turbine layout, a noise model, or a plan for how it would decommission abandoned turbines, the lawsuit said.
In November the Boone County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the setback for wind turbines be 1,500 feet from property lines. However, the board sent the ordinance back to committee for more hearings ..."They thought (the setbacks) should be three times the height of the turbine," she said of the county board.
Turbines should not be sited near homes, period. ...Once you allow turbines to invade your area there is nothing the Vermilion County Board can do to help you. Trust me, you do not want to live in a wind turbine hell as my family does. I suggest you do your homework now instead of paying for it later.
"We had that terrible wind sometime in late October early November and it literally broke the wind turbine." The structure was completed in 2008 ...It was a $2 million project.
The lawsuit claims the work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remains "deficient." The poor roads cover a five-mile radius, the suit states.
Later, E.On informed Sheldon Township officials that "it is only prepared to make minor remediation to repair moderate corrugation" at six intersections. E.On told the township it intended to "do nothing about 'low corrugation' roadways because low corrugation presents 'no hazard or inconvenience to the motoring public,'" the suit says.
Iberdrola Renewables first started looking at La Salle County in 2006. "In part, the challenge we are facing in Illinois and nationally is the lingering effect of the recession, which has resulted in a lack of demand for new electricity," said Paul Copleman, spokesman for Iberdrola. ...construction will not start until Iberdrola is able to secure a long-term agreement from an electricity purchaser.
The Iroquois County Board approved more restrictive wind farm regulations Tuesday, focusing on health, safety and property rights of residents. ... Board member Marvin Stichnoth, a lifelong Stockland Township resident, focused on health issues. "I think of my neighbors... praying that the wind doesn't blow so they can get a decent night's sleep ... praying for cloudy days so they don't get shadow flicker that causes nausea and headaches for many people. ...
Commercial wind turbines built in Iroquois County might soon need to be located almost a full mile from homes on property not being leased to a wind farm operator.
Vermilion County Board officials clearly heard what the current WECS project has done to many rural residents. Families know their property values and physical health have declined while the dominating effects of these industrial machines have ignored property lines, invaded homes and split neighborhoods.