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Benefits from Proposed Energy Projects
Upfront Investment (total of all projects)
Total Economic Output (in PDV)          $40,900,000,000
Employment Earnings (in PDV)            $12,900,000,000
Average Annual Jobs                               67,600

First Year of Operations (total of all projects)
Total Economic Output (in PDV)          $4,700,000,000
Employment Earnings (in PDV)            $1,200,000,000
Average Jobs Created in Year 1           22,700

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EcoGrove Windfarm, Stephenson County, IL

STATUS: Completed TYPE:  Wind Project OPPOSITION: Property Owners PROSPECTS:  Likely BACKGROUND: In 2007, ACCIONA Energy, who acquired the project from EcoEnergy LLC, began construction on the 7,000 acre project which had been in development since 2006.  The project was expected … Continue reading

El Paso Wind Farm, Woodford County, IL

STATUS: KILLED  TYPE:  Wind Project OPPOSITION: Local citizens PROSPECTS:  Unlikely BACKGROUND: This 80 MW project is located in Central Illinois and would supply enough clean energy to power about 24,000 homes when completed.  The project was then taken over by Pattern … Continue reading

Green Power Express: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

STATUS:  In progress with opposition TYPE: Transmission OPPOSITION:  Citizens Energy Task Force PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate BACKGROUND:  Green Power Express is a $12 billion, 3,000-mile high-voltage transmission line across seven Midwestern states proposed by International Transmission Company (ITC).  The project’s purpose is … Continue reading

Navitas Energy Corp. Wind Farm, Ogle and Winnebago Counties

STATUS:  In progress with opposition TYPE:  Wind OPPOSITION:   local resident PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate BACKGROUND: The project is a 100-turbine farm that straddles Stephenson, Ogle and Winnebago counties. The proposal is to build 20 turbines in Stephenson County, and 40 turbines each … Continue reading

De Kalb and Lee County Wind Project, IL

STATUS: Prolonged delay TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Hearing Officer David Dockus; Citizens for Open Government PROSPECTS: Indeterminate  BACKGROUND:  The wind project is located in both DeKalb County and Lee County, Illinois.  The project consists of 151 turbines, 133 turbines in Dekalb … Continue reading

Expansion of Twin Groves Wind Farm, Horizon Wind Energy, IL

STATUS: In progress TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz, Local residents;  Union Ridge Wind organization PROSPECTS: Indeterminate BACKGROUND: Horizon plans to add more than 300 wind turbines to its 240-turbine (396 megawatts) Twin Groves Wind Farm to … Continue reading

Lancaster Wind Farm Project, IL

STATUS: In progress with opposition TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Citizens of Freeport and Dakota, Illinois PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate BACKGROUND:  The Lancaster Wind Farm Project is located between Freeport and Dakota in Stephenson County, Illinois.  The developer is Navitas Energy.  The project includes … Continue reading

White Oak Energy Center, IL

STATUS: In progress TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Information is Power PROSPECTS:  Likely BACKGROUND:  The $250 million White Oak Energy Center is located near Carlock, Illinois.  The project consists of 100 turbines, 89 located in McLean County and 11 located in Woodford … Continue reading

Secure Energy’s Decatur Gasification Plant, IL

STATUS: In progress TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club PROSPECTS: Unlikely BACKGROUND: In January 2007, Secure Energy purchased a 24-acre site and building from Caterpillar Inc and announced plans for a coal-gasification plant that would convert up to 1.4 million tons … Continue reading

Southern Company’s (Southern Power) Clean Coal Plant, FL

STATUS: Terminated TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION:  State of Florida (Charlie Crist) PROSPECTS:  None BACKGROUND: On February 24, 2006, the Department of Energy announced a $235 million federal grant for the development of the advanced coal plant near Orlando, Florida at the … Continue reading