Wind Turbines Coming To Northeastern Illinois

Iroquois and Ford counties will soon get more wind turbines.

General Electric Co., the world’s biggest maker of electricity-generating equipment, will deliver 300 megawatts of wind turbines for two projects E.ON AG is developing in northeast Illinois.

GE will provide 188 of its 1.6-megawatt turbines to the Settlers Trail and Pioneer Trail wind farms….Construction has begun on both projects, and they may cost as much as $300 million each….

Pioneer Trail, in Iroquois and Ford counties, is expected to be complete by mid-2012, and the electric cooperatives Prairie Power Inc., Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Wabash Valley Power Association will buy a total of 40 megawatts of output for 18 years….E.On is seeking a buyer for the rest of the project’s power and for the output of Settlers Trail, in Iroquois County, which will be complete by the end of this year.

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