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Regarding trimming of external links on 21 June 10: I restored the one link to the maps of IL wind projects.
A) It seems consistent with wp:el, as the kind of information that a more comprehensive encyclopedia article titled Wind Power in Illinois would contain. Furthermore the other existing EL neither contains nor obviously links to this kind of information.
B) The link did not seem to me to be described by wp:notlink, also there is no question of wp:coi or anything like that.
The link to the trade association home page was indeed redundant, so I did not restore that.
The standard is one of the most aggressive in the U.S. This is because of the large amount of electricity consumed in the state and because the state was essentially starting from zero. California didn't start from zero, and Texas has been building up wind generation for many years and has better resources for renewable generated electricity.
In order to meet the RPS, it likely will be necessary for Illinois utilities to continue to 'import' renewable generated electricity, and large amounts of it. This is actually the motive for the Rock Island Clean Line mentioned in the article.