News: Evanston Proposes Offshore Wind Farm

News: Evanston Proposes Offshore Wind Farm

Suburb of Chicago, and home to Northwestern University, the City of Evanston has signed the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement, which pledges to reduce the city's green house gas emissions to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. Part of the plan's proposal is to build a wind farm along the coast of Lake Michigan. It's estimated that the wind turbines would produce enough power for one-third of Evanston's households…

One of several proposals to reduce Evanston's carbon footprint, the wind farm would likely have the largest impact. Capitalizing on the Great Lake's wind potential and the unique attribute that Evanston has the only two-mile stretch of Illinois lakefront of Lake Michigan, the proposed wind farm would be located approximately 4 miles offshore and inline with Northwestern University's shoreline. The wind farm would be comprised of ten 364 feet diameter GE3.6 turbines that would offset about 80,000 tonnes of CO2 – powering nearly 9300 households.

The next goal for the Evanston Climate Action Plan is to find funding for a feasibility study – particularly to analyze the likely wind speed and environmental impact of the turbines. Additional issues to navigate are finding a private wind developer to build the turbines and manage the power purchasing, and obtaining permits and approvals from local and state municaplaties. The ECAP also anticipates the usual roadblocks and opposition that comes with any new project.

For more information visit the Citizens for a Greener Evanston website.

(Image via Nathan Kipnis Architects)

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