Illinois is one U.S. state that has shown its dedication and appreciation towards renewable energy, specifically with wind turbines. Many have been preaching and practicing the implementation of wind turbines as you can already see different white gleaming tall figures in corn fields. 150 turbines just 80 miles from Chicago, La Salle county’ 140 turbines, 222 turbines at about 100 miles southeast of Chicago and even Evanston officials are also planning on putting wind turbines in Lake Michigan.
Illinois took on this bold and green idea of setting up wind turbines because of two developments: President Obama’s support for renewable energy with the allocation of federal stimulus money and a state law in Illinois which took effect in 2008. The state law obliged Commonwealth Edison and the state’s other power companies to obtain 5% of power from renewable sources just last year. This year, they are obliged to obtain 6% and by 2025, they are obligated to get a quarter of their power from the previously-mentioned resources.The above-mentioned standards were the very reasons that encouraged Illinois to pioneer wind turbines. Jan Johnson, spokeswoman of Iberdrola Renewables, said “We probably wouldn’t be making the investments that it takes if it weren’t for those standards”. The company is one of the advocates of renewable energy and has spent more than $500 million building the wind farm in Odell.
Wind turbines are indeed a great help for farmers and to the whole state of Illinois. In addition, Johnson also mentioned that “Farmers need only cede a half-acre for a turbine and will make $3,000 to $8,000 a year from the power company”. All the more Farmers can even farm right up to the base of a turbine within a few feet. Without a doubt, these wind turbines have provided greater opportunities for farmers and the state as whole.
Farm land may be the best location for wind turbines as they do not impose on the primary function of the farm land. As farmers lease their lots for the allocation of wind turbines, they earn can earn a whopping passive annual income. It is estimated that the wind farm produces more than 300 megawatts of electricity able to power 70,000 homes.
It is hoped that other U.S. states will embark on wind turbines because it’s a cheaper better source of energy. It is also the cleanest source of power and it does not contribute to global warming or harmful wastes. Finally a healthy subsidy! 3FG3RJGS2TWH