Wind power in Illinois

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Mendota Hills Wind Farm in northern Illinois

Wind power in Illinois provided 4.7% of the state's electrical power in 2013.[1] At the end of 2012, Illinois had 3568 megawatts (MW) of wind power installed,[2][3] ranking fourth among states for installed wind turbine capacity.[4][5]

Wind power has been supported by a renewable portfolio standard,[6] passed in 2007, and strengthened in 2009, which requires 10% renewable energy from electric companies by 2010 and 25% by 2025. Illinois has the potential for installing up to an estimated 249,882 MW of wind generation capacity at a hub height of 80 meters.[7] A 2005 wind map shows that most of the state has class 2 and class 3 winds,[8] and that utilizing the 1.2% of the state with the best winds could supply 9,000 megawatts of wind power.[citation needed]

The first wind farm in Illinois opened in 2003 and by 2009, it had over 1800 MW installed statewide with thousands of MW more in the planning stages.[9] The largest wind farm in the state is the 300 MW Cayuga Ridge installation, while another seven windfarms each exceeded 100 MW capacity.[5] The Twin Groves Wind Farm was the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi when completed but has since been surpassed.[10][11] Some smaller installations include a 0.66 MW turbine at the Bureau Valley School District and a 2.5 MW turbine at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, formerly part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, now part of the University of Illinois.[5] A proposed high voltage DC transmission line would transmit wind generated electrical power to the Chicago area from northwest Iowa.[12]

Wind farms[edit]

Illinois has among the highest densities of wind power
Name Size (MW) Location[13]
Mendota Hills 51.66 Lee Co
Shady Oaks 109.5 Lee Co
Bishop Hill 200 Henry Co
Minonk 200 Woodford/Livingston Co
Crescent Ridge 54.45 Bureau Co
GSG 80 Lee/LaSalle Co
AgriWind 8.4 Bureau Co
Camp Grove 150 Marshall/Stark Co
Twin Groves 396 McLean Co
Grand Ridge 210 LaSalle Co
Providence Heights 72 Bureau Co
EcoGrove 100.5 Stephenson County
Rail Splitter 100.5 Logan/Tazewell Co
Lee-DeKalb 217.5 Lee/DeKalb Co
Cayuga Ridge 300 Livingston Co
Top Crop 300 LaSalle Co
White Oak 150 McLean Co
Big Sky 239.4 Bureau/Lee Co
Pioneer Trail 150 Iroquois/Ford Co

Wind generation[edit]

Illinois Wind Generation Capacity by Year[2]
Megawatts of Installed Generating Capacity[4][3]
Illinois Wind Generation in 2011
Illinois Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 2,820 259 283 270 300 212 157 109 155 101 259 329 411
2010 4,454 362 248 406 502 398 234 217 215 373 524 609 432
2011 6,213 422 604 569 721 546 440 244 268 402 512 908 672
2012 7,708 882 618 867 784 648 533 303 295 446 762 571 936
2013 7,440(Jan. to Oct.) 1,150 844 1,000 1,079 766 595 416 327 511 747

Source:[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American wind power reaches major power generation milestones in 2013". American Wind Energy Association. March 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Installed Wind Capacity, U.S. Department of Energy, 4/9/2013
  3. ^ a b "AWEA 4th quarter 2011 Public Market Report". American Wind Energy Association(AWEA). January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Wind Powering America: Installed U.S. Wind Capacity and Wind Project Locations". U.S. Department of Energy. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Illinois, (As of 12/31/2009), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
  6. ^ "Illinois Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency". Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. U.S. Dept. of Energy. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "WIND ENERGY FACTS: ILLINOIS". American Wind Energy Association. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Illinois 50-Meter Wind Resource Map". U.S. Dept. of Energy, Wind and Water Power Program. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  9. ^ About Wind Power in Illinois, Illinois Wind Energy Association
  10. ^ AWEA treats Twin Groves as four installations. Together they exceed the capacity of Cayuga Ridge.
  11. ^ Lookout puts wind farm in perspective, Steve Stein, Peoria Journal Star, June 14, 2008
  12. ^ "Rock Island Clean Line files application with FERC". Clean Line Energy Partners. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Illinois Wind Power Maps
  14. ^ EIA (May 21, 2013). "Electric Power Monthly". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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