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Several wind energy companies have formed Wind for Illinois (WFI), a nonprofit trade association working to expand wind power in the state of Illinois. The group was launched at the annual Advancing Wind Power in Illinois conference hosted by the Illinois Wind Working Group and Illinois State University.

WFI will provide data and expert analysis to the General Assembly, the governor's office, state agencies, local government and the public. The group also aims to be a resource for local and national media outlets.

"Wind farms are good for Illinois," says Kevin Borgia, WFI executive director. "Wind generation can bring millions of dollars in local tax revenue that can fund our schools, improve local infrastructure, create well-paying jobs and help revitalize rural economies. Wind power is also a strong energy source from the corn fields of the Midwest, not the oil fields of the Mideast."

WFI's founding members include Horizon Wind Energy, Babcock & Brown, Iberdrola, BP Alternative Energy, E.On, Invenergy, Navitas and EcoEnergy. The association’s offices will be in Chicago.

SOURCE: Wind for Illinois

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