Third wind turbine blade breaks in East Central Illinois

OAKWOOD — For the third time in 17 months, a wind turbine blade manufactured by General Electric has broken off at an East Central Illinois wind farm.

GE: 'Isolated manufacturing issue' caused wind turbines to break

ARMSTRONG — An “isolated manufacturing issue” caused two wind turbines in East Central Illinois to break last year, the manufacturer of the towers said Monday.

Wind industry banking on tax credit's renewal

NORMAL — If Congress decides to extend a federal production tax credit to give wind-farm developers an incentive to start building again, there might be a “big rush” in 2013 to take advantage of it before it expires again, an Illinois State University economist said.

But whether that would mean more wind farms being built in Illinois any time soon remains to be seen.

'Equipment failure' on distribution line caused Wednesday power outage

GIBSON CITY — Nearly 1,000 Ameren Illinois customers in Ford County were without power for more than two hours Wednesday evening, after equipment on a distribution line failed.

Ford County Board again urged to update wind-farm laws

PAXTON — The Ford County Board was confronted with yet another request Monday night from a resident concerned about the need for greater protections from wind farms. And again, the board offered no discussion on whether it would consider adopting stricter regulations.

$50,000 cash escrow now required for each turbine in Iroquois

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board will begin requiring the developers of wind farms to pay $50,000 in financial securities for every wind turbine they build — five times more than previously had been required — to protect the county in the event a wind farm operator goes bankrupt and has to abandon its project.

Health department offices going 'green'

PAXTON — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has installed solar-panel systems for its offices in Paxton and Watseka, and the agency should save thousands of dollars each year from doing so, according to Doug Corbett, public health administrator.

Iroquois ZBA approves revised decommissioning plan for wind turbines

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County zoning board of appeals voted 5-1 Wednesday night to recommend the county board approve a revised decommissioning plan for wind turbines.

The county board’s planning and zoning committee will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 9 to make its own recommendation. The full board is expected to take a final vote on the revised ordinance at its meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 13.

Wind farm to bring millions in tax revenue

PAXTON — Eighteen months from now, the various taxing bodies in the footprint of the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm should start receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional tax revenue.

A projected increase of at least $19 million in the equalized assessed valuation (EAV) of the area encompassing the wind farm is expected to provide a huge financial boost.

Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System to be done at 1 p.m. Wednesday

The first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The test will last about 3 minutes and 30 seconds and will encompass all broadcast television, radio, cable and satellite-radio systems.

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