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Gov. Blagojevich unveils ambitious energy independence plan to reduce Illinois’ reliance on foreign oil. Governor’s plan would meet 50 percent of state’s motor fuel needs with alternative homegrown sources made from crops and coal by 2017. Illinois would be the first state to achieve this level of energy independence; Governor sets goal of replacing 50% of our energy supply with homegrown fuels. Plan to triple ethanol production and invest in clean coal technology will create 30,000 new downstate jobs and save consumers billions of dollars
ELLSWORTH - Building a wind farm is not as simple as putting up some windmills and waiting for the wind to blow. The wind farm under construction in McLean County, about 15 miles east of Bloomington, has involved almost five years of planning, permitting, negotiating with local governments and landowners and improving roads and other infrastructure.
(AP) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Republican Judy Baar Topinka called Monday for a push to make Illinois the national leader in "clean energy" with a plan that includes new requirements for gas stations and power companies.
EUREKA - With a more than $200 million wind farm project likely coming to rural Benson next year, Woodford County officials are hoping to attract other economic development, including an ethanol plant. But county officials warn that if townships, attorneys, fire departments and others cause problems with the wind farm development, it could impede other developers from coming to Woodford County.
EUREKA - Woodford County volunteer firefighters are asking for more than eight times as much money originally offered from the developers of a wind farm so they can be trained to combat potential emergencies involving the gigantic turbines.
Putting their faith in City Water, Light and Power's cost estimates, a Springfield City Council majority Wednesday approved the city-owned utility's power plant agreement with the Sierra Club.
EUREKA -- Questions about which roads will be used during the construction phase of a wind farm has delayed the approval process by a month.
Construction of the Twin Groves Wind Farm in eastern McLean County begins today, quashing any concerns about national security risks or wetland conservation.
It was the final informational meeting for the public before the wind farm is voted on by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Sept. 27.
BENSON - Heavy truck loads rumbling into Woodford County and carrying the pieces that compose large wind turbines could damage rural roads, officials said Friday. Because of this concern, the three townships affected by a proposed 79-turbine wind farm project northeast of Benson want to formally approve the project themselves before it moves forward.
Ramsay and Hernandez do not deny that the suit also stems from the County Board’s rejection of the controversial proposal by Boone Heritage Wind Farm LLC to build a 15-turbine wind farm near Quail Trap and Ramsay roads in rural Boone County.
EUREKA -- Woodford County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Committee, will hear a wind farm presentation at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Roanoke/Benson Junior High School, Benson.
CWLP has said that without the agreement, the Sierra Club will appeal a permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and delay the plant's construction by a year. It has estimated that cost at $137 million.
The state's incentive package includes a $17 million grant from a clean coal technology fund that was included in the Fiscal Year 2007 budget approved earlier this year. State officials must be aggressive in courting this project and not letting it get away. Our large coal reserves are among the state's selling points.
Illinois' senators are blocking President Bush's nominee for a Federal Aviation Administration post as they seek his administration's answer to whether wind farms interfere with military operations.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois could have an advantage over Texas in the sweepstakes to land a $1 billion, nearly pollution-free power plant, the chief of the state’s coal association said Tuesday. Phil Gonet, director of the Illinois Coal Association, said Illinois’ abundant coal fields could give two sites in Illinois the leg up over two sites in Texas in the contest to land the FutureGen power plant project.
UREKA - Woodford County's zoning department received a $70,000 check Monday for the future development of a 83-turbine wind farm near Benson. County Administrator Gregory Jackson said the check came via mail with an application from Minneapolis-based Navatis Energy, the developers of the wind farm.
...even before the first turbine has been erected, Navitas officials already are planning for expansion. Davies said the company is looking north and west of the Benson area to add about 50 more 400-foot turbines.
BELVIDERE — The fate of Boone County’s first wind farm may not be decided until Sept. 15 when the issue comes before Circuit Judge Gerald Grubb. Boone County State’s Attorney Jim Hursh said Wednesday’s 7-4 vote against the Boone Heritage Wind Farm LLC proposal will be part of the court record as the judge renders his decision.
BELVIDERE — For the second time in 10 months, the Boone County Board Wednesday voted down a proposal for a 15-turbine wind farm, the county’s first, after nearly two hours of discussion. The board voted 7-4 against the project in a near repeat of October’s tally, when it voted 8-4 against the proposal.