On Friday, July 15, Congressman Jerry Weller announced that Illinois State University is in line to receive $1 million in federal funding for the development of wind energy resources. If approved by the Senate, the money, which is part of a federal appropriations bill, would help Illinois State to further research and promote the development of wind energy production in Central Illinois.
Faculty members at Illinois State have been collecting local wind data since 2003 and plan to construct a 1.5 megawatt, or larger, wind turbine on the University's farm near Lexington to demonstrate the viability of wind energy production in the state. The “Wind Energy Team” consists of David Loomis (Economics), David Kennell (Technology) and Doug Kingman (Agriculture).
The overall mission of Illinois State 's project is to provide citizens, policymakers and large and small-scale developers with non-biased information on the potential for wind energy production in Illinois . Information they provide includes basic facts about wind energy production in the state, wind data, the environmental impact of wind turbines and potential energy production output.