Speak your mind on industrial wind complexes in northern Illinois
By Frank Schier
Editor and Publisher
Learn about the other side of wind at:
• www.windfallthemovie.com (Note: Windfall is a powerful documentary that has been shown in Poplar Grove, Ill., and Dixon, Ill., very recently.)
• Note: This blog is well worth visiting, whatever your perspective on wind energy. See wind turbines’ effects on residents: lifewithdekalbturbines.blogspot.com.
Upcoming hearings on wind ordinances
North Boone Community Unit School District No. 200, Board of Education, 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 25. (The issue may also be addressed at the July 7 Meeting of the Whole Committee.) Meetings are held at the District Administrative Offices, 6248 N. Boone School Road, Poplar Grove, IL 61065.
Scheduled Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals meetings: These meetings will begin at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Lee County Old Courthouse, 112 E. Second St., Dixon, IL 61021.
June 23, a review of existing ordinances and conditions for Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) was held. A short meeting was scheduled and a process outline was agreed upon by the board. A hearing request for wind turbines was submitted, and the board agreed to have it July 21.
The Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals meetings scheduled are: July 7 (Discussion), July 21. (The hearing request related to wind turbines was made for this date, with possible continuation of the hearing Aug. 4, Aug. 18, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.)
For more information and to sign up to testify and cross-examine others, contact Ogle County Planning & Zoning Administrator Michael Reibel, phone: (815) 732-1190, Fax: (815) 732-2229. Meetings will be held on the third floor of the Ogle County Courthouse, 105 S. Fifth St., Oregon, Ill. at 6 p.m., July 7, 14, 21, and 28 on proposed amendments to the text of the Ogle County wind ordinance.
The Winnebago Zoning Committee voted June 22 to reconsider the parts of the county’s wind ordinance. It directed the Zoning Board of Appeals to hold public hearings about “certain zoning ordinance amendments (for proposed Commercial Wind Power generation Facilities, a.k.a. Wind-operated Energy Devices — commercial regulations), requested by Gamesa Energy USA, c/o Ryan Ammermann, project manager, represented by Steven Cox, attorney.” That hearing has not been set, but questions concerning it may be addressed to Troy Krup, Planning & Zoning Officer, Phone: (815) 319-4350, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Wind and solar today furnish less than 2 percent of our energy needs. Neither are cost effective when they stand by themselves, but must have government subsidies and tax credits to make them economically feasible. These costs are borne by American taxpayers and energy users.” — Dennis Hastert, retired Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
From the July 6-12, 2011, issue