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Database of State Incentives for
Renewable Energy (DSIRE)

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Big New Investments in Wind Energy Across the Country and Across the World
By Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Director
Sierra Club
May 23, 2013

Wind power is growing like gangbusters across the country, and employs more than 75,000 workers across 43 states. Just last week, Warren Buffett’s Mid-American Energy Co. announced it will make a $1.9 billion investment in Iowa wind power, which Governor Branstad called, “The largest economic development investment in the history of the state.”  More

Poll: 87 Percent of Illinois Voters Want More Renewable Energy
By Carl Levesque, AWEA
May 21, 2013

Wide majorities of likely Illinois voters believe it is important that the state maintain its commitment to increase its use of renewable energy and support legislation that would achieve that goal by fixing the state’s broken renewable portfolio standard (RPS) law, according to a Zogby poll recently released:

  • 86.5 percent of likely voters also believe it is very or somewhat important to ”maintain policies to bring renewable energy to Illinois,” with 55 percent calling it ”very important.”
  • 76.7 percent of respondents said they are either strongly or somewhat in favor of legislation (SB 103) to ensure Illinois ”continues to increase its use of renewable power.” Only 8.2 percent are opposed.

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Illinois Lures Wind Farm Away from Missouri with Bold Energy Policy
By Maria Gallucci at SolveClimate
January 28, 2011

According to a June 2010 economic impact study by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, wind farm development has created about 10,000 full-time jobs during construction periods and nearly 500 permanent jobs in rural Illinois, totaling $509 million and $25 million in payroll, respectively.  More

W. Virginia Coal Country Gets Its Largest-Ever Clean Energy Project
By Brian Merchant, Brooklyn New York
February 3, 2011

Mountain View Solar & Wind just installed the largest renewable energy project in West Virginia’s Southern Coalfields — it’s an 11 kW rooftop solar panel system, and unemployed coal miners worked to set it up. More

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Environmental Law and Policy Center
The Clean Energy Supply Chain in Illinois:
Solar, Wind, Geothermal

The renewable energy industry means real business and real job creation for Illinois. More than 300 companies are part of the wind, solar and geothermal supply chains in Illinois. Every megawatt of solar or wind power developed creates 15 to 20 manufacturing jobs as well as additional job growth from installation, operations and professional services jobs.

The Chicago region is home to 13 corporate headquarters of major wind power companies. These headquarters generate professional services jobs in finance, insurance, real estate and law. All in all, Illinois renewable energy sector companies employ an estimated 18,000 people. More

Wind Energy Facts IllinoisAmerican Wind Energy Association 
Wind Energy Facts Illinois. 2012
Investment in wind power is an investment in jobs, including jobs in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, wind power projects produce lease payments for landowners and increase the tax base of communities.

  • Total direct and indirect jobs supported in 2011: 6,001-7,000
  • Annual property tax payments by wind project owners: nearly $19 million
  • Annual land lease payments: over $8 millionGenerating wind power creates no emissions and uses no water. The wind power installed in Illinois will avoid 5.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

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Environmental Law & Policy Center.  Wind Energy Supply Chain in Illinois. 2012
Over 300 Illinois companies are working in the wind, solar or geothermal energy industries and employing over 18,000 people in the state. From old-line steel fabricators to high-tech start-ups, renewable energy is powering job growth and launching Illinois to the forefront of the green economy.  More

Environment Illinois. 
Saving Energy, Growing Jobs
. April 2011

Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, smartest way to reduce pollution and curb our dependence on fossil fuels Across the state and in fields ranging from manufacturing and installation to architecture and engineering, Illinois has a thriving energy efficiency sector. At least 330 individual businesses and 737 retail outlets in Illinois are already working to increase the efficiency of our state’s homes, businesses and industry. More

Downstream Strategies.
The Long-Term Benefit of Wind vs. Mountaintop Removal Coal on Coal River Mountain, WV.
December 2008.

The initial 2007 wind potential study and a subsequent economic study found that it is possible to place 328 MW of wind energy on Coal River Mountain. That’s enough to power 70,000 West Virginia homes and provide permanent jobs and $1.7 million in taxes to the county every year. More


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