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Dominion Generation has announced plans to develop a 300 MW wind generation facility in central Illinois. Prairie Fork Wind Farm would feature 150 to 200 turbines constructed across approximately 25,000 acres in Christian and Montgomery counties, about 25 miles southeast of Springfield.

"We recognize that clean energy sources such as wind power are important in meeting our nation's energy needs and in attaining a balanced, diverse energy portfolio," says Mark F. McGettrick, president of Dominion. "Diversity offers the most viable approach to greater energy security and stable energy prices."

Initial studies suggest that Christian and Montgomery counties have excellent wind resources, the company says. More comprehensive studies, including the placement of test towers, will occur over the next several months. The number of wind turbines installed would depend, in part, on the results of the studies.

Construction of Prairie Fork Wind Farm is expected to begin in 2010, subject to necessary permits and approvals. Commercial operation could follow in 2011. The project would be developed by Dominion Energy Inc., a Dominion subsidiary.

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