Wind Powering Illinois Renewable Energy Standard

John Davis

Lawmakers in the Illinois State House have passed what’s considered a pretty ambitious renewable energy standard calling for the state to buy up to 25% of its renewable energy sources by 2025. According to a press release posted on the Environmental Law and Policy Center web site, wind power is seen as the main source for clean power:

Howard Learner“Developing wind power, a ‘no-CO2’ energy source, can help to solve our global warming problems,” said Howard A. Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “Renewable energy is a win-win-win—it’s good for farmers, good for rural economic development and good for the environment.

Experts say Illinois has enough wind power capacity to be a leader in the U.S. Plus, since the state is a hub for power transmission lines, so there is a cheap, efficient to get the power onto the grid.

About 5,500 megawatts of wind power are under development in Illinois. That would be enough to power 1.7 million homes.

Government, Legislation, Wind