Articles filed under General from Illinois

Grasping the big picture

Wind industry is being allowed to develop across the United States with few state or federal regulatory fetters and fewer regulations based on empirical studies. Turbines reach the field for installation benefit of huge tax-payer subsidies, but without benefit of government studies, inspections or reviews ordinarily accorded such industrial development. Impacts come to light after a decade of performance and a host of private studies.
21 Jan 2012

Technical change to setback

Franklin Grove Village President Bob Logan and others argued the county had no evidence that 1,400 feet protects the health and safety of nearby residents - noise and shadow flicker being among their concerns.
21 Jan 2012

Wind test plan stirs big storm

Tensions were high at Thursday night's Adams County Board of Zoning and Appeals meeting as a crowd gathered to hear the board's decision regarding a proposed wind test tower being constructed in Adams County.
20 Jan 2012

County board nixes fines

Bassetti said the company had already admitted its wrongdoing. "They acknowledged they were in the wrong place, or they wouldn't have bought property to fix it," he said. Herrmann said the county would still need a surveyor to testify. Board member Steve Sondgeroth asked if there was any provision in the county's zoning ordinance to pass the costs along to the company, but Herrmann said a general violation of the zoning ordinance just carries a fine.
13 Jan 2012

Libertyville approves wind turbine settlement

According to the agreement, hours of operation would be limited to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the turbine will not operate on Sunday or six national holidays. The parties agreed to settle the case but the document approved by the village board is being reviewed by residents and could change.
12 Jan 2012

Who's writing wind rules?

For much of that time, the panel has based its changes on a proposed wind energy ordinance in neighboring Ogle County. Members have made small changes to the Ogle County proposal in many cases. But in more recent meetings, the board seems to be deviating from that procedure.
9 Jan 2012

Wind farm construction set for 2012

McMahon said he believes the company is moving now to go through the permit process to avoid facing higher permit costs. Currently, GDF SUEZ Energy North America Inc. has paid a permit fee of $47,000, but would be eligible later next year for higher permit fees.
27 Dec 2011

How far should turbines be?

Some counties have shorter setbacks; at least one county's is greater. A few months ago, Brown County in central Illinois voted in a 2,000-foot setback, which may be the state's longest. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker proposed a statewide 1,800-foot setback.
26 Dec 2011

Heartland board hears new wind turbine proposal

About a third of the 96 acres Heartland Community College acquired last year may become home to a power-generating wind turbine. The college's board heard Tuesday a proposal to locate a wind turbine on 35 acres on the north end of the new property and to the west of its current campus buildings at 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal.
13 Dec 2011

Developer ends Prairie Green wind-farm bid

"The lack of a clear U.S. energy policy and resulting uncertainty regarding the market need for renewable energy; "Reduced forecasts for load growth for most of the area utilities due, in no small part, to the economic downturn and the resulting reduction in forecasted need for renewable energy.
16 Nov 2011
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