Emissions, Renewables

DOE takes action to help bring wind power to Illinois

LISLE, Ill., Aug. 6, 2001 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is taking a number of steps to help increase electricity generation from wind in Illinois including distribution of an Illinois wind resource map and sponsoring an Illinois wind energy workshop this fall.

The Illinois wind map, developed by scientists at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, identifies locations in central and northern Illinois with sufficient wind resources to support commercial wind power generation. The department projects that Illinois wind resources could support development of up to 3,000 to 9,000 MW of wind power peak capacity, enough electricity to serve up to 2 million homes.

“Illinois’ abundant wind energy potential is poised to be harnessed, offering an enormous opportunity for power producers and suppliers to meet the state’s growing demand for power with this renewable and clean energy source,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham.

The Illinois Wind Workshop, to be held November 27, 2001, in Lisle, Ill., will highlight the economic, energy and environmental benefits to Illinois from wind project development. The workshop also will detail steps consumers, power companies and the industry can take to promote and develop wind energy in the state. Highlights will include detailed discussions of Illinois wind resources; expected economic benefits and processes for developing wind projects along with technical issues such as transmission; and details about wind projects currently under development or planned in Illinois which, when completed, will provide 80 to 100 Megawatts of new renewable energy capacity. A pre-workshop reception is planned for the evening of November 26, 2001.

The Illinois Wind Workshop is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Chicago Regional Office, Wind Energy Program and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Environmental Protection Agency, State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, City of Chicago, ComEd, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, American Corn Growers Association of Illinois, NEG Micon, FPL Energy, and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

For more information on the Illinois Wind Workshop or for a copy of the wind map, please visit www.eren.doe.gov/windpoweringamerica or contact William Hui at DOE’s Chicago Regional Office at 312/353-6749 or via email at [email protected] .