Illinois set to bring wind power from surrounding states
Island Clean Line LLC agreed to have Illinois-based Southwire Company run roughly 500 miles of high-voltage electricity wires from the state to massive wind power plants in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
All told, this project will give Illinois residents access to roughly 3,500 megawatts of renewable electricity, helping to meet the state's new renewable portfolio standards.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency reports that Illinois will require 7 percent of all electricity provided by utility companies to come from renewable sources, including 5.25 percent from wind power.
"Illinois is a leader in the renewable energy sector, and agreements like these are helping make Illinois even more competitive," Governor Quinn said in a statement. "These cutting-edge projects will help maintain Illinois’ national leadership in wind energy and manufacturing, and create good paying, home-grown jobs."
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Illinois drew 4.8 percent of its electricity from clean energy in 2010, more than 10 times the proportion from a decade before.