Huntley, McHenry County Could See Windfall of Wind Power

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Huntley, McHenry County Could See Windfall of Wind Power


Huntley residents should be familiar with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

It is the state panel that ruled on ComEd's proposed transmission line route through Huntley, ending nearby residents' hopes of stopping the project.

The commission recently issued a decision that could have an even greater impact on Huntley and other communities in McHenry County.

The commerce commission voted last month to allow long-term agreements between electric utilities and wind farm developers.

Before the change, only one-year contracts were allowed.

The move, supported by wind energy advocates in Illinois, should open up the state's wind energy market, which is already getting a boost from state and federal tax credits and incentives.

Advocates say the change will help ensure greater price stability for wind farm operators, electric utilities and consumers.

"We will see a lot more projects built in Illinois," said Kevin Borgia, executive director of the Illinois Wind Energy Association. "They will know the market is there."

Huntley is the site of a proposed wind farm Pancor Construction hopes to build near Interstate 90 and Route 47.

Nearby Community Unit District 300 could also benefit from the rule change. Along with two other suburban school districts, District 300 is exploring the possibility of building a wind farm downstate to offset its energy costs.

On a related note: Speaking of wind turbines and District 300, a teacher at Dundee-Crown High School has proposed putting up a wind turbine at the Carpentersville school.

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