When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address just a few weeks ago, he challenged us to address one of our nation’s most pressing needs, a clean and secure energy future, stating, “The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.  And America must be that nation.”

Illinois-based institutions and companies not only understand the importance of building a clean energy economy, they are already taking steps to lead the nation.  This month, we focus on one component of that economy in which Illinois is positioned to lead the way – Wind.  From wind turbine component manufacturers and clean energy workforce development programs to cutting-edge collaborative research and strong industry associations, Illinois has a solid foundation on which to expand its already impressive effort.

We invite you to browse the videos and stories below to see how Illinois is incorporating wind into our energy future.

Watch and Listen:

Illinois Wind Working Group

An Overview of ISU’s Center for Renewable Energy’s Work to Advance Wind Power in Illinois


Catalyst Exclusive: Guest Commentaries

From the Windy Plains to the Windy City
Illinois is now a national leader in wind power
By Kevin Borgia
Executive Director
Illinois Wind Energy Association
Wind Energy and Smart Grids
By Mohammad Shahidehpour, PhD
Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bodine Professor
Illinois Institute of Technology
Renewables on the Rise
By Audun Botterud
Energy Systems Engineer
Argonne National Laboratory
Training a Green Energy Workforce
By Alan Pfeifer
Dean of Information Service (Instructional Technology and Learning Resource Center)
Sauk Valley Community College

Did You Know?

According to an analysis by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University the first 1,119 megawatts of wind capacity in Illinois:

  • Will generate a total economic benefit of $1.9 billion over the life of the projects
  • Supports local economies by generaIng $11.4 million in annual property taxes
  • Generates $4.36 million annually in extra income for Illinois landowners who lease their land to wind farm developers
  • Created approximately 6,019 full‐Ime equivalent jobs during construcIon periods with a total payrol of over $306 million
  • Supports approximately 292 permanent jobs in rural Illinois areas with a total annual payroll of over $15 million

Learn more about Illinois’ wind power and its economic impact by clicking the links below:

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Illinois R&D Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Illinois Statehouse | Springfield, Illinois

Illinois is proud to be a leader in research and innovation. Representatives from many of Illinois’ world-class research institutions and businesses will be on hand to showcase their on-going research efforts with a special focus on work being done to contribute to a clean and secure energy future.

For further details and to RSVP for the reception click here.

Participants include: Argonne National Laboratory*, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Coal Bureau, Illinois Institute of Technology*, Illinois State Geological Survey, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center*, Northern Illinois University*, Northwestern University*, University of Chicago*, Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign*

*Indicates reception sponsor