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Wind energy's negative issues are troubling

I drive a hybrid car averaging 45 miles per gallon. I heat and cool my home with geothermal energy using the heat of the earth. I recycle whenever possible. I do these things because I care about the environment and want to conserve natural resources. Considering this, you'd probably assume I'd be in favor of wind energy, but you would be wrong.
20 Apr 2010

City Council puts finances first in windmill consideration

As Evanston examines the logistics of building a wind farm in Lake Michigan, city officials say they are eager to learn more about the project's potential economic impact. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the Office of Sustainability issuing a "Request for Information" about how the wind farm might be built and funded. The Office of Sustainability will also look for potential developers for the project.
16 Apr 2010

Board shoots down wind power proposal

The Naperville City Council may have spent Tuesday night thinking of how to go green, but zoning officials seem to be a step behind. The Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request for a variance that would have allowed one Naperville business to power itself by wind turbine. Brighton Car Wash and Detail Center requested a variance at the Tuesday night meeting to erect a Skystream 3.7 residential power appliance.
15 Apr 2010

Woman wants towers taken down

A Woodford County resident says the three meteorological towers placed in El Paso to collect data as a prelude to a wind farm need to come down. Navitas Energy was granted a special use permit to build a wind farm there. The project was then continued by Pattern Energy of Houston, but the permit expired last year after the Woodford County Board denied its request for an extension.
15 Apr 2010

Suburb looks at putting wind farm in lake

This evening, the Evanston City Council considers the possibility of placing 40 wind turbines in Lake Michigan about 8 miles off the shore of the Northern Suburb. Plan backer Nathan Kipnis, Co-chair of Citizens for a Greener Evanston, says the wind farm would provide enough power for 40,000 homes -- more than enough for every residence in Evanston -- with some left over for sale into the electrical grid.
13 Apr 2010

Debate grows over setback requirements in Adams County wind ordinance

The debate continues over whether the Adams County Board should make changes to the wind energy ordinance it adopted in January. The ordinance sets guidelines for establishing wind farms in rural areas, contains provisions to ensure that any development of wind-powered electricity is safe and effective, and spells out criteria for the placement of giant wind turbines.
10 Apr 2010

Wind subsidies threatened, but local projects still in works

At least three wind farm builders are courting landowners in Lee and Whiteside counties, even as pending state legislation could take the wind out of their sails. A bill that extends for 5 years a preference for Illinois wind has stalled in the General Assembly’s Energy Committee, headed by Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline. Jacobs says electricity customers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize an industry that can’t stand on its own.
6 Apr 2010

Wind turbine opponents head back to court April 6

Residents are scheduled to have their day in court April 6 to respond to the village's motion to dismiss improper zoning charges by permitting an industrial wind turbine to operate next to a residential neighborhood. Neighbors along Rockland Road near Aldridge Electric Co. have complained the company's turbine is a public nuisance because of its constant noise.
29 Mar 2010

Four irrefutable

I am writing on behalf of Eileen Burkey's and the late Willard Burkey's farm located north of Walnut. My great-grandparents purchased and moved to this property in the 1890s.
18 Mar 2010

Logan County receives nearly $245,000 in wind-farm fees

A check for nearly $245,000 for wind-farm zoning fees and permits just went into the Logan County general fund. It is the first of many, officials say. Chuck Ruben, chairman of the Logan County Board's finance committee, outlined the income this week from Horizon Wind Energy's Railsplitter Wind Farm.
13 Mar 2010

More wind farms may come to county

Without being able to get into specifics, the Lincoln/Logan County Economic Development Partnership director Joel Smiley said new wind farms may be coming to Logan County. In what Smiley labeled has Project Two and Project Three, companies are now pursuing sites within the county.
11 Mar 2010

Woodford board OKs wind farm road plans

Woodford County has signed off on the road agreements necessary for the proposed Minonk and Roanoke wind farm projects planned by Gamesa Energy. Now all that remains is for Livingston County to act on it because 25 of the 100 turbines in the proposed Minonk Wind Farm are in its jurisdiction, while Woodford County will house the rest.
4 Mar 2010

Group concerned about Adams County wind ordinance

A group of rural Adams County residents have reservations about new wind farms going up near their own backyards. You'll recall two groups, Global Winds Harvest and Acciona, plan to build 100 wind turbines between Clayton and Golden. That was made possible in January when the Adams County Board passed a resolution to approve wind energy conversion regulations.
2 Mar 2010

Wind farm tax dispute settled

The taxing bodies have all signed a settlement granting Crescent Ridge a total tax credit of $582,621 over the next three years and now are waiting for a Bureau County circuit judge to approve the agreement.
13 Feb 2010

Construction to begin soon on Carlock-area wind farm

Construction is expected to start soon on a 100-turbine wind farm in the Carlock area. Brian Schueler, vice president of development for Invenergy's U.S. North Central area, said the company will file for turbine building permits before March 20. McLean County requires at least one turbine foundation be completed within six months of the permit issuance.
5 Feb 2010

Landowner files suit to stop turbine construction

An Arizona woman has filed a federal lawsuit hoping to stop the construction of wind turbines in western Winnebago County. Plaintiff Patricia Muscarello owns Watts Farm, Hilton Farm and Ross Farm, which comprise more than 400 acres near German Valley. Muscarello's property is near the area where Navitas Energy Corp. plans to build more than 100 wind turbines.
4 Feb 2010
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