Wind energy brings Illinoisans a host of economic benefits at the state and local level, boosting job creation and contributing immensely to the local tax base. Illinois ranks 5th in the nation for installed wind energy capacity, and wind energy produces 11.1% of all electricity in the state. These projects provide a secure, local source of energy, save water, and reduce residents’ exposure to harmful pollutants like nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide. In addition to these benefits, wind energy also brings considerable economic growth to the states and localities that host projects. To date, total wind energy investment in Illinois is over $13.7 billion. More than $57 million state and local tax dollars are generated by these projects and more than $47 million annually goes to Illinois residents directly in the form of land lease payments.

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