Decision on wind devices expected

By on May 28, 2010

Planning Commission recommends renewable-energy ordinance
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on May 19 recommended that the Village Board approve a renewable-energy ordinance, which would allow the Sugar Grove Township to install a wind turbine tower at the road and bridge building on Main Street.

The Village Board may vote on the ordinance sometime next month.

“We are aiming to have it definitely voted on by the June 15 (regular board/Committee-of-the-Whole meeting), as the (wind device) moratorium ends on June 30,” Village Planner Mike Ferencak said.

Ferencak said the Planning Commission and Committee of the Whole members voiced concerns over the amount of noise generated by a wind turbine, as well as the device’s potential impact on area wildlife. Those concerns, as well as questions regarding annual or hours-of-service-based inspections, fencing requirements and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations regarding the height of the wind turbine, were addressed in a village staff report presented during the Planning Commission’s May 19 meeting.

Ferencak said the turbine’s impact on wildlife would be minimal, and that the structure would meet FAA requirements as long as it does not exceed 50 feet in height.

The village placed a moratorium on electricity-generating wind devices last July, and then renewed the moratorium in December.