The Pantagraph reports that Invenergy is developing a wind energy project in McLean County. The project is expected to consist of 120 turbines in Chenoa, Yates, Lawndale, and Lexington townships.
Invenergy is an energy company out of Chicago. It has already begun approaching landowners in northeastern McLean County. We are unaware of the extent of their outreach efforts at this time. However, the Pantagraph reports that it is working on community outreach. Before it can build the project Invenergy will be submitting materials to the McLean County Board and Board of Zoning Appeals.
Wind turbine easements are complicated agreements. Issues of compensation and protecting landowner property (typically farm ground) abound. While Invenergy will have to negotiate and submit to an Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement, that one-size-fits-all document might not work for all landowners.
Shay Phillips, Ltd. has a thriving utility and energy practice. We regularly assist landowners in negotiations with wind energy developers. We also can assist landowners that wish to oppose the project, generally.
If you are affected by this Invenergy project in Lexington, Lawndale, Yates, or Chenoa townships, feel free to call our office. We can arrange a consultation to discuss your options and the best path moving forward.