Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative Wins DOE Wind Award
DOE announced on February 17th that the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative has won the 2005 Wind Cooperative of the Year Award. The cooperative is a member-owned utility serving ten counties in west-central Illinois and is the first co-op in the state to install a wind power project. Its 1.65-megawatt wind turbine in Pike County was partially financed through federal and state funds and was installed in May 2005. The wind turbine may be the first of many, since a recent wind resource assessment indicated that Pike County could support as many as 100 such projects. The award is sponsored by DOE's Wind Powering America effort in conjunction with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and its Cooperative Research Network. See the DOE press release, the co-op's brochure about the wind turbine (PDF 417 KB), a live Web cam of the turbine, and the Wind Powering America Web site. Download Adobe Reader.