DeKalb County Planning & Zoning Committee recommends moratorium on Wind Farms –

DeKalb Co., IL. (ECWd)

It’s not every day that we see a local body of government step up to the plate and do the right thing.  DeKalb County residents did see this happen in Sycamore IL at the February 22, 2017 DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, with around 100 people in attendance and applauding the committee’s action.

On January 26, 2017 a Public Hearing was held regarding two special use permit applications to install two Meteorological Towers (“MET towers”) in South Grove Township in rural DeKalb County.  MET towers are used to measure wind speed over time, typically a year or two, and are placed where wind farms are proposed to be located. At the public hearing, there was a large turnout of citizens to voice their concerns and gather information about the process. The Public Hearing was held in a room that was not large enough to accommodate the anticipated attendance.  People had to stand in an adjacent foyer unable to see or hear the speakers at the hearing.

It was brought to the DeKalb County Board’s attention at the February 15, 2017 County Board meeting regarding the alleged Open Meeting violations.  At the Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting Board President Mark Pietrowski Jr. made a motion to restart the hearing process and have the public hearing later, and in facility large enough to fit the public’s needs.  The Motion received full support from the committee. 

The Planning and Zoning Committee also made a motion to place a moratorium on Wind Farms and Solar Farms until there is an ordinance in placed and voted on by the County Board.  This Moratorium will move to the full County Board for approval at the March 15, 2017 meeting.

 Kudos to DeKalb County for taking the steps to make it RIGHT for your citizens!

 




Lake Land College Blows $1,017,697.20 “Into the Wind”

Lake Land College Blows $1,017,697.20 “Into the Wind”
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Question:
What does an Illinois junior college do with industrial wind turbines which are 4 years old
(The answer may surprise you, but it does not surprise us.)
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Answer:  The new wind turbines will be TORN DOWN!!!!
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Yes, tonight, Lake Land College Board of Trustees are likely to vote to remove 2 wind turbines.  The cost for removal is $30,000.  One turbine will be removed entirely, and the second wind turbine will have its blades removed.  The remaining turbine tower and nacelle will be left standing, minus blades, for “education purposes.”  Perhaps it will be a reminder for the community, and the thousands of people who drive past on Interstate 57, that this was a monumental waste of taxpayers’ dollars.  The removal of the blades seems like a good plan because of ice throw hazards and severe damage or death caused in the event of a blade failure or detachment.
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Link to the $987,697.20 Wind Turbine Waste article here:
http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2016/04/lake-land-colleges-987697-20-wind-turbine-waste/
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So, Lake Land College has now wasted away $1,017,697.20 on wind turbines in just 4 years since they were installed.  The college will never, ever see one more dime of wind energy revenue out of these turbines.  The wind energy experiment in Mattoon Illinois is/was a giant flop.  Surely somebody should be fired for making the decision to allow money to be spent on installing these wind turbines.
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To make matters worse, many wind energy companies are promoting 500′ tall turbines, which are well-known for causing sleep deprivation for nearby residents, and local government officials continue to allow this to happen to their neighbors throughout Illinois and Indiana and elsewhere.
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The lesson here is this:  If a wind energy promoter comes to your school or college campus, be aware that in all likelihood, these machines will never, ever live up to the promises of paying for themselves.
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The ECWD would like to commend the Lake Land Trustees for removing these turbines now.  Removing turbines will increase the health and safety of everyone within close proximity, including those who are travelling on nearby Interstate 57.
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Former Vermilion County (IL) Board Member Speaks Against Wind Turbines in Warren County (IN) –

WARREN COUNTY, IN. (ECWd) –

Last night, former Vermilion County Board Member, Rick Knight, presented information to the Warren County decision makers at the Orion Wind Energy application special use permit hearing held at the Seeger Fine Arts Center.

Rick Knight served on the Vermilion County Board and was also a member of the Vermilion County Board Executive Committee while wind farm supporter Gary Weinard was chairman.  Knight also supported the next chairman, Mike Marron, who currently has his farm land leased to InvEnergy.

During Knight’s tenure, the InvEnergy wind turbines were constructed and began causing sleep deprivation and other noise disturbances for Vermilion County residents.  The InvEnergy turbines are GE 1.6-100 turbines which are 495 feet to the tip of the highest blade.  Since then, InvEnergy has sold 90% of the California Ridge (CalRidge) wind farm to TerraForm Power, a subsidiary of now-bankrupt SunEdison.

Rick Knight pleaded in front of the Warren County Board as an attempt to help his two daughters who live in or near the proposed Orion Wind project area.  He described the difficulties and citizen participation comments from wind turbine victims while he was on the Vermilion County Board, which at that time fell on deaf ears.  We are glad to see he now realizes the health concerns related to Wind Farms and their proximity to residents. Yet another example of how citizen engagement is educating elected officials.

We are working on obtaining the video from this hearing.

 

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InvEnergy’s Wind Farm Joins “WALL OF SHAME” –

InvEnergy’s wind farm joins “WALL OF SHAME”

(InvEnergy owes Champaign County $480,298 in unpaid taxes.)

Recently, we shed a spotlight on three parcels of land in Champaign County which have unpaid taxes in the California Ridge Wind Farm developed and partially owned by INVENERGY which is 90% owned by TerraForm Power, which is 100% owned by now-bankrupt SunEdison.

Today, another news article surfaced which gained our attention and can be read HERE.

It turns out that our previous announcement that InvEnergy/TerraForm Power owed $37,393 in late tax payments was only the tip of the iceburg.  Todays article is more like the whole iceburg.  We were informed that the News-Gazette published numerous tax ID numbers within the classified page “legal notices” section.   A large bulk of the parcels are occupied by California Ridge Wind Energy.

Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch says, at this point, the county has collected 98.5% of this year’s property taxes. Most of the rest will be paid by bidders buying the debt at the tax sale October 21.

The county is still trying to collect $3 – $4 million dollars worth of property taxes.

InvEnergy/TerraForm power’s wind farm (California Ridge Wind Energy LLC) owes the MOST OUTSTANDING PROPERTY TAX BILL IN ALL OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY IN THE AMOUNT OF $480,298

If the news posting is correct, it means that California Wind Energy LLC is delinquent $480,298.

Excerpt from the illinoishomepage.net states the following:

For some, it feels like a “wall of shame.”  “Unfortunately, I think a lot of people see it that way, but from a tax collector standpoint, we see it as a notification.”

If paying your property taxes is the law of this land, then InvEnergy or TerraForm Power are indeed lawbreakers.  Why should communities allow lawbreakers to build new projects within the borders?  When InvEnergy or another energy company comes knocking on your door for their new project, remember to check to see that they have a handle on paying the taxes for all of their existing projects.

Wow!  What should we do with these “non-paying bums?”

Is a “bum” the proper term to use when referencing InvEnergy/TerraForm Power/SunEdison?

The definition of a “bum” is as follows:

As a noun:
1. A tramp; a vagrant.
2. A lazy or shiftless person, especially one who seeks to live solely by the support of others.
3. An incompetent, insignificant, or obnoxious person: The batter called the pitcher a bum.
4. One who spends a lot of time doing a particular recreational activity: beach bum; a ski bum.
v. bummedbum·mingbums
v.intr.
1. To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
2. To pass time idly; loaf. Often used with around.
v.tr.
1. To acquire by begging; cadge. See Synonyms at cadge.
2. Slang To depress, dishearten, or dismay. Often used with out.
adj.
1. Inferior; worthless: gave me bum advice; did a bum job of fixing the car.
2. Disabled; malfunctioning: bum shoulder.
3. Unfavorable or unfair: got a bum deal on my final grade for the course.
4. Unpleasant; lousy: had a bum time at the party.
Idiom:
on the bum
1. Living as a vagrant or tramp.
2. Out of order; broken.

InvEnergy has failed to pay for the property taxes, which is a broken promise from the days when their spokesmen came to the Champaign County Board boasting and bragging how they were going to be great community partners and good neighbors and would be more than happy to pay all these new taxes and boost the budget of the county.

We are unsure if anyone wants to risk purchasing the unpaid taxes even though the rate of return if the taxes are eventually paid will be approximately 16% interest on the amount owed.  It would be a lot of money for a few entities to cover, but where there is big risk, there could be big reward.  TerraForm Power stock price is about 25% of what it was on 

APRIL 24, 2015:  TerraForm Power stock price = $41.68
Oct 11, 2015:  TerraForm Power stock price = $13.43
It appears, since TerraForm is only worth 32.2% of it’s value compared to 18 months ago, it seems to be a sinking ship.  “HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY.”

Based on InvEnergy’s/TerraForm Power’s past performance, it is our opinion that no community should ever negotiate with non-paying bums.  If InvEnergy was our free-loading cousin living in our apartment above the garage, we’d “kick the bum out!”

Fact:  “InvEnergy’s CalRidge Wind Farm did a bum job paying their taxes on time this year.”
Fact:  “InvEnergy bummed out more than a few of the Champaign County taxpayers.”
Fact:  “InvEnergy’s/TerraForm Power’s California Ridge management people must have been bumming around instead of writing and sending these checks on time.”
Fact:  “98.5% of Champaign County property taxes have been collected”
Fact:  “2.5% of Champaign County property taxes have not been collected”
Fact:  “InvEnergy/TerraForm Power owes the highest amount of any unpaid tax debt in Champaign County”
Fact:  “InvEnergy/TerraForm Power falls in BOTTOM 2.5% of all property owners in Champaign County as far as on-time tax payments being rectified.”

Prediction:  “InvEnergy will have one or more “bum” wind turbines within the California Ridge Wind Farm in the next 12 months.”  We’ll be watching and counting the ones having major repairs and require huge cranes to dismantle and replace major components.

The Edgar County Watchdogs hereby request that InvEnergy or TerraForm Power or TerraForm Power’s parent company SunEdison send a messenger to give us a full explanation of why the property taxes have gone unpaid.

Note to the readers:  SunEdison is TerraForm Power’s parent company.  SunEdison has received 650 million dollars in subsidies and tax credits since 2000.  SunEdison value went from a 10 billion dollar company in July 2015 down to a 600 million dollar company just eight months later.

https://hedgeaccordingly.com/2016/08/hopelessly-insolvent-sunedison-on-verge-of-extinction-owing-billions-to-creditors.html

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Windfall turns into Wind FAIL for Champaign County Taxpayers –

InvEnergy claimed they were going to be “good neighbors” and bring lots of jobs and income to Champaign and Vermilion County when they constructed the so-called “California Ridge (CalRidge) Wind Farm.”  It appears they have broken another promise by failing to pay taxes on their wind turbines.  Instead of the “windfall,” we are seeing yet another “wind FAIL.” – as in failing to pay their property taxes on time…

When InvEnergy’s representatives first arrived to East Central Illinois and asked our leaders to approve their wind turbine project, they bragged about how they are different than other wind farm developers who show up, develop a project, and then sell the wind farm to “outsiders.”  InvEnergy, which is based in Chicago, Illinois, said they were going to keep and own and maintain this wind farm for many years and be a part of this community.  These promises were made in 2009.

In 2012, the CalRidge project was constructed.

In 2013, the local citizens complained about relentless noise inside their homes, and one Vermilion County family subsequently abandoned their home and moved into a doublewide trailer 8 miles away.  Ted Hartke’s home was listed for sale and remained on the market (at a reduced price) for 2.5 years.  Hartke became motivated to keep this from happening to other communities, and after his visit to warn citizens in Livingston County Illinois and Sanilac County Michigan, those local voters and decision makers rejected InvEnergy’s projects, voting them down and keeping their land free of the wind turbine problems.

On July 17, 2015, the Livingston County Board rejected InvEnergy’s so-called “Pleasant Ridge Farm.”

On Dec 16, 2015, InvEnergy sold 90% ownership of CalRidge to a “YieldCo” of SunEdison by the name of TerraForm Power.  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/invenergy-completes-sale-of-832-mw-of-wind-power-to-terraform-power-300193780.html

On March 8th, 2016, Argyle Township voters rejected InvEnergy’s “Sanilac Wind Energy Center” by disapproving the proposed setback and other turbine siting rules for the 500′ tall wind turbines.

Just over a month later, On April 21, 2016, SunEdison filed for Bankruptcy.

Even the shareholders of SunEdison are getting screwed.  On August 12, 2016:  This article came out:  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sunedison-shareholders-lose-bankruptcy-fight-2016-08-12

Shareholders won’t get an official voice in the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc. because the company is “hopelessly insolvent,” with debts outweighing assets by at least $1 billion, a bankruptcy judge has ruled.

At this point, it appears that Livingston County, Argyle Township in Sanilac County, and other surrounding towns appear to be full of really smart people who were informed enough to avoid another InvEnergy fallout.

On October 7th, those wise communities were, once again, complimented on their decision to reject InvEnergy because California Ridge Wind Energy is late on paying real estate taxes on different properties in the amount of $37,393.35 as follows (newspaper list of late tax payments here):

Champaign County Parcel Tax ID #17-18-05-200-007 = $18,480.40
Champaign County Parcel Tax ID # 17-18-06-100-002 = $432.55
Champaign County Parcel Tax ID # 17-18-06-300-007 = $18,480.40

Download (PDF, 1.92MB)

Failure to pay the taxes this year may be just a tip of the iceburg for this InvEnergy project.  It may have serious finance and ownership problems soon.

TerraForm Power, which owns 90% of CalRidge, does not have any employees, no offices, and no “support staff” on the payroll of TerraForm Power.  TerraForm Power is a “YieldCo” of SunEdison.  SunEdison is a now-bankrupt company which is trying to sell both YieldCo companies, TerraForm Power and TerraGlobal Power.  TerraForm and TerraGlobal stock prices have tanked and have not made much of a recovery since SunEdison filed for bankruptcy protection.

Currently, a Chinese company, Golden Concord, is looking to become partners with InvEnergy on the CalRidge project.  Golden Concord is interested in purchasing controlling interest in TerraForm Power.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-25/china-s-golden-concord-said-to-compete-for-sunedison-yieldco

It is disappointing that community leaders supported wind energy and InvEnergy projects.  They seem to be really stupid investments, and the companies who develop and own these projects commonly screw up, go bankrupt, and leave the locals stuck with cleaning up messes.  It would be wise for communities to stay alert and aware of the issues which follow InvEnergy’s projects.

InvEnergy has cause residents noise/health problems in Fond du Lac Wisconsin:  http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/news/2016/01/24/group-says-wind-farm-causing-health-issues/79169354/

InvEnergy is currently attempting to force themselves upon two communities where local leaders and citizens have voted them down:

Burrillville Pennsylvania:  http://www.ecori.org/renewable-energy/2016/8/15/two-hearings-one-victory-for-power-plant-opponents

Dutton/Dunwich Ontario:  http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2016/03/11/dutton-dunwich-referendum-says-no-to-wind-turbines-provincial-government-says-tough-luck-awards-contract-to-wind-developer/

Livingston County Illinois:  http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2015/10/invenergy-insults-intelligence-of-livingston-county-board-in-wind-farm-appeal/

InvEnergy threatens “lawsuit bond/sanctions” against citizens: http://wnep.com/2016/01/20/legal-challenge-to-jessup-power-plant-ends/

InvEnergy and their consultants “manipulated reporting of sound test data”: https://casetext.com/case/williams-v-invenergy-llc

These are indications that InvEnergy will probably not be a good neighbor…….forcing themselves onto communities and even forcing their noise inside the bedrooms of nearby residents causing sleep deprivation health impacts plays out on numerous occasions.  InvEnergy seems to be one of these really bad companies who takes what they can get and then takes more from their unwilling hosts. InvEnergy may be the “ultimate manipulator.”
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Illinois Appellate Court Overturns Commerce Commission: Says “Rock Island – Clean Line” Is Not A Public Utility –

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –

On October 7, 2016, the 3rd Illinois Appellate Court overturned the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision that Clean Line Energy Partners was a public utility, and remanded it back for further proceedings.

Some facts from the case:

  • Rock Island admitted that the wind generators used in its energy and financial simulation models are based on predictions and do not yet exist.
  • Currently, Rock Island does not have any transmission customers; the only way it could serve a customer is by building the project.
  • Rock Island does not have a process to recover its costs from ratepayers and therefore must sell capacity through negotiated contracts.
  • Michael Skelly, the president of Rock Island and Clean Line, testified that on the date the application was filed, Rock Island did not own, control, operate, or manage any transmission plants, equipment, or property in Illinois. He also stated that as of the date of his testimony, Rock Island still did not own property in Illinois.
  • Rock Island project is not currently included in the PJM regional transmission plan because none of the project’s capacity has been contracted and no potential generators have obtained rights to buy service on the line.
  • Commission staff economist, Richard Zuraski, noted that a competitive electricity market already exists in Illinois and stated in his report that the proposed project was unnecessary.
  •  Staff concluded that Rock Island “is asking the Commission to *** grant it a CPCN so it looks like a ‘public utility’ for purposes of condemning private property to build its line, while at the same time it plans to offer only a token percentage of that line’s capacity for ‘public use.’ ”

The Commission’s decision was challenge on the grounds that:

  1. the findings of the Commission are not supported by substantial evidence,
  2. the Commission lacked jurisdiction to enter the order or decision,
  3. the order or decision is in violation of the state or federal constitution or laws, or
  4. the proceedings violated the appellant’s constitutional rights.

The Court determined (starting on page 8 of the decision) that Rock Island failed to meet both prongs of satisfying the definition of “public utility”, it owned no property in the State of Illinois,  and under the circumstances presented Rock Island did not present a “public use” for sales of its product.

The Court concluded Rock Island was not a public utility, the Commerce Commission lacked authority to issue the certificate of public convenience and necessity to Rock Island, and reversed the Commissions finding directing it enter an order consistent with the Court’s decision.

Download decision (here), or read it below:

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Iroquois County Farmland owners sue wind farm company

Mon, 06/27/2016 – 5:25pm | Will Brumleve

Attorney J. Dennis Marek of the Kankakee law firm Marek, Meyer and Coghlan filed a two-count lawsuit in Iroquois County Circuit Court on behalf of Charles, George and Howard Haley.

Named as defendants are San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, which owns and operates the Pilot Hill Wind Farm, along with Cincinnati-based Vision Energy, which sold its ownership to EDF in 2014.

The lawsuit seeks an annual payment of $4,540 for the next 35 years, plus a one-time payment of between $50,000 and $74,000, as damages against . . . continue reading at the News-Gazette (HERE) . . .




Pilot Hill Wind Farm damaged by…wind –

PILOT HILL, IL. (ECWd) –

The Pilot Hill Wind Project, located in Kankakee and Iroquois counties in Illinois was the target of wind today.

Yes, wind damaged the wind turbine –

This project is a 175 MW Farm and consists of General Electric (GE) and Vestas turbines and happens to sit on the same electric grid powering Microsoft’s Chicago Area Datacenter.

It began producing power in September of 2015 – which makes this project and turbine not even a year old yet. Hope its not an indication of things to come.

Learn more about the damage these things inflict on their neighbors here: “Our Living Hell

Photos contributed by Jo Stolfa Whitman (here).
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Invenergy says “designed to fall straight down”…but… Wind Turbine Blade hits Spanish House –

Reading the following article, I was reminded of Attorney Mike Blazer, representing Invenergy, when he told the Vermilion County Board that the blades were designed to fall straight down (article here on Blazer’s statement). Such a statement is impossible to prove, since a person could conceivably “design” blades to fly to the moon when they break off…nothing says they have to act as designed.

Wind Turbine Terror: Spanish Home Hit by Flying Blade – Just 1 of 3,800 Blade ‘Fails’ Every Year

The number of cases involving collapsing turbines and flying blades (aka “component liberation”) has become so common that, if we were a tad cynical, we would go so far to suggest the possibility of some kind of pattern, along the lines proffered by Mr Bond’s nemesis, Goldfinger: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times it’s enemy action”.

Turbines have been crashing back to earth in frightening numbers – from Brazilto KansasPennsylvaniaGermany and ScotlandDevon and everywhere in between: Ireland has been ‘luckier’ than most (see our posts here and here) and their luck is being enjoyed in Sweden too (see our posts here and here).

Then there’s the wild habit of these little ‘eco-friendlies’ unshackling their 10 tonne blades, and chucking them for miles in all directions – as seen in the video below – CONTINUE READING (click here) . . .

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Wind Farms: Invenergy accused of running misleading ad –

Invenergy accused of running misleading ad in Burrillville Bargain Buyer –

At Tuesday night’s Energy Facilities Siting Board Meeting (EFSB), with Invenergy‘s Director of Development John Niland in attendance, angry residents accused the company of running a deliberately deceptive ad in the Bargain Buyer regarding the timing and location of the meeting.

“Today, in every mailbox in Burrillville, The Bargain Buyer, which is our Bible in Burrillville, was delivered,” said Raymond Trinque, “Any clear thinking person would see this as a dirty trick by Invenergy.” The advertisement, (pictured) says the meeting will be held on Thursday night at the Burrillville High School.

The meeting was held Tuesday night at the Burrillville Middle School.

The date, May 10, is correct.

Social media contained reports from people who say that some residents arrived at the High School for the meeting only to go home. Residents worry that others may arrive on Thursday evening for a meeting that’s over.

– See more, including videos and the advertisement of meeting date, at: http://www.provgardener.com/news-item/invenergy-accused-running-misleading-ad-burrillville-bargain-buyer-0#sthash.6d7d63Yd.dpuf

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Costly Broken Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return On Investment

Mattoon, IL – Lake Land College –

Costly Broken Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return On Investment

Posted By Andrew Follett On 1:32 PM 04/12/2016 In |

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Lake Land College recently announced plans to tear down broken wind turbines on campus, after the school got $987,697.20 in taxpayer support for wind power.

The turbines were funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, but the turbines lasted for less than four years and were incredibly costly to maintain.

“Since the installation in 2012, the college has spent $240,000 in parts and labor to maintain the turbines,” Kelly Allee, Director of Public Relations at Lake Land College, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The college estimates it would take another $100,000 in repairs to make the turbines function again after one of them was struck by lightning and likely suffered electrical damage last summer. School officials’ original estimates found the turbine would save it $44,000 in electricity annually, far more than the $8,500 they actually generated. Under the original optimistic scenario, the turbines would have to last for 22.5 years just to recoup the costs, not accounting for inflation. If viewed as an investment, the turbines had a return of negative 99.14 percent.

“While they have been an excellent teaching tool for students, they have only generated $8,500 in power in their lifetime,” she said. “One of the reasons for the lower than expected energy power is that the turbines often need to be repaired. They are not a good teaching tool if they are not working.”

The college estimates it would take another $100,000 in repairs to make the turbines function again after one of them was struck by lightning and likely suffered electrical damage last summer.

Even though the college wants to tear down one of the turbines, they are federal assets and “there is a process that has to be followed” according to Allee.

The turbines became operational in 2012 after a 5-year long building campaign intended to reduce the college’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to fight global warming. Even though the turbines cost almost $1 million, but the college repeatedly claimed they’d save money in the long run.

“It is becoming more and more difficult for us financially to maintain the turbines,” Josh Bullock, the college’s president, told the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier last week. “I think it was an extremely worthy experiment when they were installed, but they just have not performed to our expectations to this point.”

Bullock states that the turbines simply haven’t been able to power the campus’ buildings and that most of the electricity wasn’t effectively used.

Lake Land plans to replace the two failed turbines with a solar power system paid for by a government grant. “[T]he photovoltaic panels are expected to save the college between $50,000 and $60,000 this year,”Allee told the DCNF.

Globally, less than 30 percent of total power wind capacity is actually utilized as the intermittent and irregular nature of wind power makes it hard to use.Power demand is relatively predictable, but the output of a wind turbine is quite variable over time and generally doesn’t coincide with the times when power is most needed. Thus, wind power systems require conventional backups to provide power during outages. Since the output of wind turbines cannot be predicted with high accuracy by forecasts, grid operators need to keep excess conventional power systems running.

Wind power accounted for only 4.4 percent of electricity generated in America in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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Lake Land College’s $987,697.20 Wind Turbine Waste –

MATTOON, IL. (ECWd) –

Lake Land College has reportedly discussed taking down the wind turbine that was struck by lightning last year due to the cost of repairs – and because it never really worked as they thought it would.

Lake Land College (LLC) wind turbine history can be seen here:

2007-2010 COST BREAKDOWN:

2007:  Wind feasibility study completed for $30,000
2010:  LLC provided $500,000 from Illinois DCEO to “build one turbine.”
2010:  LLC provided 18% of $2,542,762 from US Dept of Labor for “green job training program and related equipment including a 100 kW turbine.”  (The turbine portion of this US DoL grant calculates to $457,697.20 per the small print details.)

WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SHOW FOR TAXPAYER $987,697.20 spent to build these boondoggles?https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/as/tec/sustain/documents/Sustainability%20Media%20Guide%202012.pdf

Operation date: 2012

http://jg-tc.com/news/lake-land-wind-turbines-are-up-running/article_c011d95a-0f6b-11e2-9f3a-0019bb2963f4.html

(read the comments from “gringa”in 2012……totally good point about it never paying for themselves)

No mention of payback periods in this article. Seems like LLC would include the economic effectiveness of this investment in any discussion of it. After all, isn’t this all about return on investment? Maybe not. Wind is free, but the land and equipment and maintenance to that equipment is NOT free.

in 2014, another article was written touting the “savings”:

http://jg-tc.com/news/lake-land-college-saves-with-green-energy/article_e9f30825-81cb-5f7c-b3c7-f4fa0e7673e4.html

LLC should update their college website “infomercial” found here since the turbines no longer (if ever) actually saved $44,000 per year per the over-optimistic claims:

https://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/as/tec/green_jobs/documents/EAR%20INSERT%20LLC%20May%202013.pdf

Just for fun, IF the turbines saved $44,000 per year, these two junkers would have to last 22.5 years, but they only lasted a shameful FOUR YEARS!!!!!

This year – April 2016 – Lake Land College to consider taking down wind turbine:

Posted from TG-TC.com – https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2016/04/10/lake-land-board-to-weigh-future-of-wind-turbine/

Bullock said the southernmost wind turbine of Lake Land’s two 160-foot-tall, 100-kilowatt turbines was damaged by a lightning strike last summer and has not functioned properly since then. He said the administration does not believe that making the nearly $100,000 in repairs estimated for the turbine would be cost effective.”

They were not “cost-effective” when they were built, why is that an issue now?

Bullock said the two 100-kilowatt turbines, which were made possible with federal grant funding, have not been effective at powering buildings on campus. “

Just now figuring out they are not effective?

I wonder how much these machines actually produced while they were operating……….probably even less than the most conservative estimates.  This all makes me want to puke……it adds up to more than THREE TIMES THE LOSS of the below $319,900 home ruined by the InvEnergy wind farm in Vermilion County, IL.

The Zillow listing for the Vermilion Co. house:  http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Armstrong-IL/pmf,pf_pt/2106868722_zpid/23520_rid/any_days/40.334768,-87.712956,40.186217,-88.048039_rect/11_zm/1_rs/

Both LLC’s turbines should be removed to delete the shameful “monument of waste.”

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Wind Farms: More problems with InvEnergy Attorney Mike Blazer –

Argyle and Moore Townships, Michigan (ECWd) –

The last couple weeks, Mike Blazer, attorney for InvEnergy, has been the source of citizen complaints in a remarkable place.  Blazer has been caught telling a few lies to citizens in Argyle Michigan.  Michigan citizens took issue with the following fabrications of his imagination which he tried to promote as fact (video of Ted Hartkey’s presentation below):

1.)  InvEnergy Attorney MIKE BLAZER CLAIM: Ted Hartke, a victim from within an InvEnergy Wind Farm in Illinois was “fired from his job” as of 2013 about the same time Hartke abandoned his home due to the wind turbine noise causing sleep deprivation to his entire family.  Blazer’s source is an email from a Livingston County citizen who visited the abandoned house when a neighbor farmer stopped by and told the visitor that there was nothing wrong with turbines and Hartke “was fired from his job.”

ACTUAL TRUTH:  Ted Hartke’s former employer, Foth Engineering, exited the boundary surveying and construction layout business and sold three company trucks, two robotic total stations, and a GPS system to Hartke who used the trucks and equipment to start his new business “Hartke Engineering and Surveying, Inc.” in approximately May, 2011.  Hartke continued to work for Foth as a subconsultant, and Foth provided services in return  (InvEnergy’s wind farm was constructed in 2012 and became operational in 2013……..so Blazer’s claim is hereby debunked.)

2.)  InvEnergy Attorney MIKE BLAZER CLAIM:  Sophia Hartke, (Ted’s 6 year old daughter) got the idea to make a drawing of “No Wind Turbines” from signs like people would see along roadsides in Livingston County.

ACTUAL TRUTH:  Ted Hartke was contacted by citizens from Livingston County and told about Blazer’s claim.  Ted thought that it could have merit, because there are some signs and websites which do have these images, so he decided to ask Sophia where she got the idea how to draw a red circle with a slash through it to indicate “No Wind Turbines.”  Sophia, who was 8 years old when asked this question said, “I got the idea from the “Ghostbusters” movie.  Everybody knows that!”  (Well, BLAZER is not smarter than a 6 year old on the anti wind turbine symbol origination.)

3.)  InvEnergy Attorney MIKE BLAZER CLAIM:  Ted Hartke’s story not believable to county leaders, namely Macon County where Blazer’s “E-ON Renewable’s” project application was approved last year.  While Hartke had only spoken to Macon County Board for a mere 5 minutes, Hartke was under sworn testimony in Livingston County where the zoning board endured 30 nights of hearings which included Hartke’s 3 hours of presentation and cross-examination.  As it turns out, Ted Hartke said it best at the town hall meeting in Argyle, saying that Blazer “was smoked” in Livingston County where Blazer’s only recourse was responded by filing a lawsuit against said county board members.

After seeing Blazer’s attacks against Ted Hartke (and an additional attack against a six year old wind farm victim), and also Livingston County Board members, the Edgar County Watchdogs would like to point out that this mistreatment certainly does not hold water with the citizens witnessing his tirades.  Perhaps Blazer possibly thinks his audience is stupid and naive enough to accept whatever gibberish he spews out during his attacks and belittlements of wind farm victims.  It appears he may be doing a poor job representing InvEnergy as it looks like the citizens have beaten InvEnergy’s attorney Blazer in Livingston County Illinois AND Sanilac County Michigan looks like another community which sends Blazer packing.  It makes us wonder…….how long will InvEnergy decision makers continue to pay his wages for these service failures?

For additional entertainment, refer to this article from Jessup where InvEnergy is trying to build a new gas-fired electric generation plant situated too close to residents in that community.  The comments to Chris Kelly’s articles in The Times Tribune are intriguing.  It appears that if Mike Blazer’s mouth is moving, chances are he is NOT presenting the facts.  A decision maker who enters into a deal with Mike Blazer doing the negotiating should be very cautious.  We suggest that Blazer be video recorded and audio recorded to keep track of exactly what he promises and use it for proof when things don’t work out as promoted.

Video (from Concerned Citizens of Argyle and Moore Township ) of Ted Hartke’s presentation and Mike Blazer’s questioning below:

A Playlist of 4 videos from this event can also be found (HERE).

PHOTO BELOW IS FROM KEVON MARTIS FACEBOOK.  KEVIN MARTIS IS EXEC DIR OF INTERSTATE INFORMED CITIZENS COALITION.

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Wind Turbine Fire – Livingston County: Iberdrola’s Streator Cayuga Ridge project –

LIVINGSTON CO, IL. (ECWd) –

Last Friday, another turbine caught fire in Livingston County, Illinois. It was close in location to the turbine fire from last summer (here) and part of Iberdrola Renewable’s Streator Cayuga Ridge project

There were high winds at the time, and local fire departments at the scene could do nothing but watch it burn.

Pontiac and Saunemin Fire Departments were on scene.

Pics below were sent to us thru our facebook page:




Coming to a neighborhood near you (video)…

This video is from Hoosac Wind Watch and is an example of these “quiet” monsters that are headed into your neighborhood…should you keep buying the “green energy” punch-line:

Click HERE is video doesn’t show…

https://www.facebook.com/HoosacWindWatch/videos/632221546834996/




Boone County Votes For Increased Wind Turbine Setbacks Based On Property Lines –

BOONE CO., IL. (ECWd) –

Boone County Board voted to protect their citizens this evening!

After NINE MONTHS of testimony and cross examination, and supportive votes cast by the ZBA, the full county board met and PASSED the following with a 9 to 3 margin:

All wind turbines must be placed at a minimum of 2640 feet from a PROPERTY LINE.

Waivers are allowed, which can reduce the turbine setback down to 1,500 feet from a residence ONLY if the host or neighbor agrees to the wind energy company’s waiver. 1,500 feet from a residence is the minimum distance allowed. The waivers would be negotiated with individual neighbors and land owners. Setbacks from roads or easement are now set at twice the turbine height.

Mainstream Renewables was attempting to develop a wind farm in Boone County, but tonight’s vote by well-informed county board members effectively rejected the wind industry’s claims that industrial wind turbines were merely “annoying” and not necessarily “harmful” at distances less than 0.5 miles from property lines. Mainstream Renewable’s attorney, James Griffin, tried to make claims that the setback waiver would be “unconstitutional,” but the Boone County State’s attorney did not support his argument.

The specific problems with location of wind turbines near human populations are as follows:

1.) Health of nearby residents at serious risk: Sleep deprivation from wind turbine low frequency noise (thumping and rumbling heard and felt inside the homes of neighbors) have caused problems for many families. Ted Hartke, from Vermilion County Illinois, Cary Shineldecker, from Michigan, and Marvin Stichnoch from Iroquois County Illinois all confirmed sleep deprivation and health problems caused by wind turbines constructed too close near their homes. The Hartke family abandoned their home in 2013, 11 months after InvEnergy began operating turbines.

2.) Property Values: Homes situated near wind turbines are difficult to sell, take longer to sell, and sell at much lower prices than homes which are not impacted by wind turbine noise, shadow flicker, and “industrial” view of the surroundings. There is also a loss of emergency response. Wind farms are effectively “no-fly” zones for medical evacuation helicopters. If there is an accident within a wind farm, citizens may not have any opportunities for being air-lifted for prompt medical care such as what happened to a woman severely injured in a car accident in Livingston County, Illinois.

3.) Turbine malfunctions, fires, sudden catastrophic blade failures: Wind turbine manuals detail that workers should “run upwind” a minimum distance of 500 meters (1640 feet) from a wind turbine which is on fire or in danger of blade failure to avoid the danger of flying debris. Wind turbine motors have a lot of moving parts which need lubrication and contain a lot of oil. When a malfunction occurs, parts can overheat from friction and cause the oil to catch fire. The weatherproof housings and turbine blades are comprised of fiberglass composite material. This material burns readily, and wind feeds the flames. Once a turbine catches fire, there is no possible way to extinguish it, and the entire turbine burns and blades fall off during the burn. Chunks of flaming fiberglass composite materials can fall and cause widespread field fires. Falling debris causes a tremendous hazard for emergency responders.

Special note:
A group of citizens in Boone County have created a website showing their concerns as a way to educate their community. www.fairwindenergy.org does contain a lot of useful information and also compelling video of victims reporting the problems experienced from living within InvEnergy’s wind farm in Vermilion County Illinois. We encourage everyone to watch these videos to see what can happen when county board members fail to protect their citizens.

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InvEnergy Insults Intelligence of Livingston County Board in Wind Farm Appeal –

Livingston Co., IL. (ECWd) –

Invenergy has appealed the Livingston County Board’s denial of their Special Use Permit.

In the appeal, Invenergy denies any negative impacts on real estate,  claim they operate within the noise limits, and claim the Board didn’t read the documents given to them.

The comedy starts on Page 8 of the below pdf, and include references that Marty Flannin changed his mind when under pressure form those who don’t want it – like that somehow reverses the outcome of the votes?

Blazer kicks it up a notch on page 10. Invenergy seems to think you can’t vote on anything if you belong to a certain political affiliation, operate a non-profit, attend a protest, or happen to be in the same city at the same time as any organization funded by the Koch Brothers.

Diane Benjamin’s BLNNEWS.com got a mention, but they left out Ted Hartke, their most vocal opponent.

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Carolyn Gerwin looks to be the one Mike Blazer blames for his problems.  That’s the trouble with trying to hurt more people with wind turbines.  People find out and vote “no.”

There will be those who stand up for what is good and right.  I am surprised that Blazer did not put “Ted Hartke” in this document.  InvEnergy (Blazer) dug their own grave in this case…….because of their refusal to correct terrible problems they have caused elsewhere.

Blazer also tries to blame Marty Fannin for clarifying his vote and also Gerwin for having the right position on this in the first place.

For good measure when all else fails, Blazer and Invenergy think they can win by blaming of “Tea Party” and “Koch Brothers” who have absolutely nothing to lose or gain by the Livingston County Board decision.

I’m curious as to if any people speaking in favor of Invenergy were under contract to speak in favor of these wind turbines…

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US Justice Dept. looking at Wind Power Bribery and Corruption…

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A few months ago, we reported on what we called bribing public officials, with promises of financial “donations” should they sign agreements that basically forced them and future board members into speaking in favor of Wind Farms and never speaking or acting against them.

Our previous hard-hitting article entitled Mt. Pulaski CUSD-23 School Board selling its soul to Meridien and Relight Wind Farms drew large reader volume and exposed for the first time in Illinois the fact that Wind Companies were using a bribery tactic to force supporting testimony in front of unwary Zoning Boards across this state. This was under the guise of a Project Support Agreement“.

We called it bribery at the time, and still believe it to be bribery.

We call on concerned citizens to demand their local prosecutors to investigate the “support agreements” and prosecute the offenders if they believe it to be bribery. Is this really any different than offering millions of dollars in “donations” for approval of any other zoning question?

Money for support – Pay-to-Play – Bribery – However you want to frame the argument, the result is the same. Please read the linked article below:

US Justice Dept Takes on Wind Power Outfits’ Bribery & Corruption

Lies, treachery and deceit are the hallmarks of the wind industry – fraud of all manner of descriptions is de rigueur for wind power outfits; and whether it’s bribery and fraud; vote rigging scandals; tax fraud; investor fraud or REC fraudcrooks and corruption rule.

These boys are the grand masters of fleecing customers and shareholders; and hood-winking rural communities alike – see our posts here and here and here.

Bribery is standard practice; deployed to get unwilling locals and venal council members on-side:

UK Wind Industry Turns to Bribery as it Fails to “Win Brit’s Hearts & Minds”

However, as anger turns to fury, not only are rural communities refusing to be bought off with trinkets and blankets, they’ve called the wind industry’s efforts to ‘grease’ the wheels of…continue reading (here).

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Sleep deprivation from wind turbines explained –

Malcolm Swinbanks: Questions Taken on Notice

Author:  <rel=author value=”Swinbanks, Malcolm”>Swinbanks, Malcolm; and <rel=author value=”Australia Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines”>Australia Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines

Q1. You mention the NASA wind turbine research of the 1980s. Is that relevant to the type of wind turbines used today?

Research into very large (multi-megawatt) wind turbines began at NASA in 1975. Much of this work was undertaken by very competent aero-acousticians, drawing on experience gained in the context of propeller and jet-engine development, and which has successfully resulted in substantial improvements in aero-engine noise. They identified at an early stage why the existing “downwind rotor” turbines were so noisy, and in 1979 commenced theoretical and practical evaluation of the first very large “upwind-rotor” turbine, the 2.5 MW “MOD-2”. In this context, in 1981 they confirmed the predicted reduced noise characteristics, while also investigating the adverse power generation and noise effects associated with close spacings between wind-turbines. They subsequently identified additional circumstances under which the low-frequency and infrasound generation of such upwind-rotor turbines could be compromised, and performed important studies on the human perception of low-frequency noise and infrasound. The latter investigations initially concentrated on the noise characteristics of the earlier downwind-rotor turbines, but the underlying physics governing hearing perception relate also to the upwind-rotor configuration.

Over the intervening 25-35 years, the basic physics of aerodynamic noise generation has not changed, the adverse effects of unduly close-spaced wind-turbine interaction remain the same, and the characteristics of human hearing have not changed. These aspects all continue to have immediate relevance to modern wind-turbine installations, yet this research has often been dismissed as old-fashioned and irrelevant by the wind-development community.

Q2. How do wind turbines produce infrasound and is this hazardous to humans if they cannot hear it?

The infrasound is generated by the aerodynamic lift forces on the blades, which are necessary to provide the driving torque to rotate the blades and generate electrical power. Newton’s law requires that there are corresponding forces of reaction on the air passing over the blades. Although these forces may be comparatively “steady”, the constantly changing position of the blades means that the resultant force pattern acting on the surrounding air is also changing so that, inevitably, infrasound is generated. Additional factors, such as the difference between blades encountering slow moving air at (continue reading here)…




Livingston Co. Board votes NO to Invenergy Wind Farm –

Livingston Co., IL. (ECWd) –

During the Livingston County Board Meeting last night, July 16, 2015, the Board voted against an Invenergy Pleasant Ridge Wind Farm proposal.

The vote totals were 13 voting to deny the application and 9 voting in favor of it.

This is the result of a long fight and is a well-deserved victory for the citizens of Livingston County.

Previous articles on this subject here, here, here, here, and here, among others.

The Pontiac Daily Leader has a well-written article on this decision (HERE).

Meanwhile, in Vermilion County, the board refuses to even honestly discuss the issue of wind farms.

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Wind Farm Bankrupt, foreclosure sought on Sublette, IL. landowner…

Sublette, IL. (ECWd) –

This is an article obtained from WindAction.org, who obtained it from North American Wind Power.

This is a case in which the Wind Farm Company went bankrupt, and now there are attempts to foreclose on the farmland owners through real estate liens. It is on appeal from the Circuit Court and will be heard in August 2015.

We have previously reported on real estate liens against Vermilion County turbine-hosting landowners (here, here, and here). This article is from Lee County, Illinois.

The article…

Small Project In Illinois Could Make Big Headlines In Wind Farm Construction (Mechanics Liens)
North American Windpower – Mark Del Franco – June 24, 2015

Citing nonpayment for services rendered, Fort Worth, Texas-based construction services firm AUI Holdings aims to foreclose on the Sublette, Ill.-based Papiech wind project, which consists of a 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbine perched on a post-tensioned 100-meter concrete tower.

Citing nonpayment for services rendered, Fort Worth, Texas-based construction services firm AUI Holdings aims to foreclose on the Sublette, Ill.-based Papiech wind project, which consists of a 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbine perched on a post-tensioned 100-meter concrete tower.

AUI Holdings is suing GSG and others for nearly $5 million for nonpayment for services rendered from October 2011 through May 2012.

The turbine, named Eve, is owned and operated by GSG 7 LLC, a holding company formed by Bruce and Joyce Papiech of Sublette, Ill. GSG also owns and operates Adam, a 2.5 MW wind turbine set on a steel tower, located on adjacent land. The concrete tower – a first-of-its-kind protoype – was designed by Postensa Wind Structures.

Clipper subcontracted with Postensa Wind Structures to design and build the prototype. Postensa then subcontracted the job to AUI, which performed construction services including the crane pad, foundation works, and concrete tower fabrication and erection. AUI performed balance-of-plant services for GSG 7, including all civil, turbine assembly and electrical works.

AUI, which completed the job in May 2012, claims it was paid only a fraction of what it is owed. When AUI took Postensa Wind Structures to arbitration, the International Arbitration Tribunal awarded damages to AUI.

However, shortly thereafter, Postensa Wind Structures – the U.S. arm of the Mexico City manufacturer – filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Once the bankrupt Postensa subsidiary refused to pay, AUI then pursued a mechanic’s lien claim against the other parties involved in the wind farm contract: namely, the turbine’s owner, GSG 7, and the Vaessen family, who own the land hosting the turbines.
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Wind Turbine blade falls off in flames (video) –

Sublette, IL. (ECWd) –

Below is dramatic video of the moment a flaming wind turbine blade broke off and fell to the ground in flames.

EDIT: This is NOT from the Big Sky Wind Farm located in Lee County.

Click here, or click below to watch.

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Sublette Turbine Fire – Kimberly Watley VideoAs if the Sublette Fire Department and the other 80+teams of first responders weren’t busy enough performing welfare checks on people following last night’s tornado, this wind turbine fire call came in today too.

Posted by Kimberly Watley on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Update: Sublette area Wind Farm Turbine Fire –

Sublette, IL. (ECWd) –

Below is an update with more pictures.

Earlier today a wind turbine in the Sublette area of the Wind Farm caught fire, and later one of the blades fell off – you can see the second fire in the pictures.

This is in the same area where a strong storm moved thru last night.

WIFR-TV has some pictures posted online as well (here).

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Breaking News – Wind Turbine Fire – Sublette, IL. –

Sublette, IL. (ECWd) –

Just received tips and a picture of a Wind Turbine Fire in the Sublette, Illinois area.

This is located in Lee County and believed to be in the Big Sky Wind Farm..

Pic below:

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Sublette, IL. area turbine fire 6-23-2015




More Liens Against Hoopeston Wind / APEX –

Vermilion Co., IL. (ECWd) –

In late May 2015, there were 39 more Mechanic’s Liens issues against Hoopeston Wind LLC, in favor of NCSG Crane and Heavy Haul Service in the amount $2,444,703.76 in each of the 39 liens.

In December of 2014 we reported on a $1.4 million mechanic’s lien against local farmers, and in February of 2015 we reported on the $2.1 million liens.

So it looks like the number keeps growing.

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Mt. Pulaski CUD-23 sends Meridien / ReLight Wind Farm packing –

Mt. Pulaski, IL. (ECWd) –

In a stunning Special School Board Meeting this evening, June 17, 2015, the Mount Pulaski School Board had a motion to approve the “agreement” with Meridien / ReLight Wind Farm that was, in many opinions, nothing short of bribery on the part of Meridien.

The meeting started at 8:00 p.m. and the vote happened at around 9:30 p.m. There was a considerable amount of public comment prior to the vote.

The motion failed, and the agreement was not approved. Mt. Pulaski School Board voted not to be prostitutes for Meridien / ReLight.

That was the only item on the agenda.

There is still some apprehension that the Wind Farm will try and “sweeten” the deal in the near future.

Previous article on Mt. Pulaski CUD-23 (here).

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Public Official’s Gag Order – brought to you by Invenergy / Pleasant Ridge Wind Farm –

FORREST, IL. (ECWd) –

We knew it was only a matter of time until we could manage to get our hands on an actual copy of one of the “gag orders” imposed on people by wind energy companies like Invenergy.

Invenergy will say, just like the rest of them, that there is no such animal as a “gag order” on hosting property owners and neighbors.

That is technically true if you use a court ordered gag order as the actual definition of one.

However, we believe like what is contained in other “agreements” with individual property owners and their “good neighbors”, this Village of Forrest agreement is tantamount to a “gag order” simply because, should the city or city council ever say anything negative about Pleasant Ridge, no matter how far away from the city limits it may be, all payments cease and a demand will be made for repayment of all payments ever tendered to the Village.

The problem with these types of agreements comes when these people attend public hearings, like the ones in Livingston County recently, and speak in favor of wind farms and the Pleasant Ridge Wind Farm. They do this without any notification to the public or to the Zoning Board of Appeals that they are essentially getting paid to talk in favor of Wind Energy – because should the ZBA convince the county board to say “no”, the Village of Forrest would receive no payments.

In the agreement signed on August 19, 2014 between the Village of Forrest and Invenergy’s Pleasant Ridge Wind Farm, the Village has:

1. – Given away its zoning and building code rights within 1 1/2 miles from the city limits.

Additionally, the Village (view contract here):

1. – Will not oppose the Project or encourage any other party to oppose the Project

2. – Will not take any action(s) or encourage anyone else to take any action(s) to oppose anything related to the Project in any way – regardless of its distance from the city.

3. – If they breach any of the agreement’s terms, the Village shall refund all monies paid within 10 days of notice of breach.

4. – Agree to keep these terms confidential.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Village decided to send out some propaganda disguised as a newsletter touting how good the agreement was, and to disparage any opposition, under the guise of a “personal writing” of Jim Gulliford. They used Village funds, property, and credit to produce and mail this “newsletter” to the Village residents.

The really sad part of the newsletter, is that it complains that the wind farm opposition are only giving people part of the story, while at the same time the letter only gives part of the story.

Let this be fair warning to all those attending future Zoning Board Hearings and Permit Approval Hearings that the people speaking in favor of Wind Energy are getting paid to speak in favor of it.  They should be placed under oath and asked questions about any agreements they are bound by in relation to wind farms, and their testimony stricken from the record when proven to be under an agreement. From all appearances, they are intentionally misleading the public and the board members at the public hearings.

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Livingston Co. Board Chairman says meant to vote to kill Invenergy’s Pleasant Ridge application – –

Livingston Co., IL. (ECWd) –

A motion was made to DENY the Pleasant Ridge Wind Farm application – meaning a YES vote would be a vote to deny the application and to accept the motion to deny the application.

Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin says there was confusion and misunderstandings, and that he intended to vote YES on the motion to deny the application at the board meeting and would change his vote. This was the Pleasant Ridge Wind Farm application.

During an interview with WJEZ ROCK 98.9, he said he was circulating a petition to call for a special meeting to re-vote on the application. ECWd has been informed that the State’s Attorney has stated a special meeting would be a “waste of time” – but we know he has no decision powers as to when, where, or how many meetings are called.

He said he “had a brain fart” on his vote and should have admitted he made a mistake at the time, and that his vote should have been the vote to “end this.”

We appreciate the candid comments and any attempts at correcting this action.

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This interview is in the aftermath of a tie vote on the motion presented at the board meeting, meaning the motion to deny the application failed.

 




Livingston Co. Zoning Board: Deny Invenergy Application for Wind Farm –

Livingston Co., IL. (ECWd) –

The Livingston County Zoning Board of Appeals has issued its recommendation to the Livingston County Board.

One point of interest during the hearing process was that there were at least two individuals, in their official capacities for other local governments, speaking in favor of the project. One was the President of the Village of Forrest, IL., and the other was the Superintendent of Tri-Point School District. I am curious to see if they spoke because they were paid to speak and because they were contractually obligated to speak in favor of the project as we found out in Mount Pulaski School District (article here).

The ZBA recommended denying Invenergy’s application for a wind farm for the following reasons:

-The Livingston County Regional Planning Commission found that Invenergy’s application was not in compliance with Livingston County’s Comprehensive Plan (pg 3).

-Did not satisfy the Standard 2 is special zoning Livingston County Special Use rules (pg 9)

-Marginal satisfaction of the “spirit, purpose, and intent” of the regulations (pg 10)

-Did not satisfy the requirement of “will not substantially and permanently injure the appropriate use of neighboring property” (pg 10)

-Did not satisfy the requirement to not be detrimental to the public convenience and welfare (pg 10)

-Did not demonstrate compliance with the requirement to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, to not be detrimental to or endanger public health, safety, morals, comfort, or general welfare (pg 10)

-Did not satisfy the requirement to not be injurious to the use and enjoyment of other property in the immediate vicinity of the project (pg 11)

Based on the above the Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the County Board DENY the application.

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Our next article will discuss what happened at the County Board Meeting…

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Wind Turbine Fire Pics from Livingston County, IL. –

More photos were taken of the turbine burning in Livingston County this past weekend and they came from the facebook page of:

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Please visit their page to see lots of pictures of this fire and give them a thumbs-up!