Environment

Environment

Broadlands hears discussion of wind energy

BROADLANDS – Wind energy could be coming to southeast Champaign County.

At the September meeting of the Broadlands Village Board, Dwight Farmer from Horizon Energy Wind Farm discussed the possible use of wind farm energy in the village.

Horizon Energy is the third largest wind farm manufacturer in the United States and the largest in Illinois.

Power restored in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Just under 700 Ameren IP customers have their power back.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a cable failed, affecting 678 customers in the area bounded by Highland Avenue on the east, Green Street on the south, Draper Avenue on the west and University Avenue on the north.

Power has been restored to the area.

EPA finalizing plans after spill along rail line in Danville

DANVILLE – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials will be meeting with the owners of Double S Liquid Feed Services to work out a final plan to ensure total cleanup of a molasses spill discovered earlier this year and to ensure that a similar accident won't find its way into nearby ditches again.

Field day offers peek at fruits of UI energy farm

URBANA – Just what is an energy farm anyway?

On Thursday morning, you can find out.

The University of Illinois will host its first official field day at its energy farm in rural south Urbana. Interested farmers, students and area residents are welcome to attend, organizers said.

Laundry facilities at UI get more efficient, lower costs

The laundry at the University of Illinois has gone green.

No, the Illini haven't changed their colors. If you put in orange and blue clothes in the campus' new washing machines, they should come out the same way.

But Assistant Housing Director Kirsten Ruby said the new machines will save the UI $60,000 a year in electricity, gas, water and sewer fees.

Durbin: FutureGen will be built in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he still believes the long-delayed and frequently revised FutureGen power plant will be built in Illinois.

FutureGen Alliance offers conditional support for new plan

WASHINGTON – In a carefully worded press release, the FutureGen Alliance board has offered conditional support to the U.S. Department of Energy's revised FutureGen 2.0 project.

Quinn, UI sign sustainability agreement

CHAMPAIGN – Gov. Pat Quinn joined top officials at the University of Illinois on Friday to sign an updated agreement pledging the Urbana campus to be a leader in sustainability.

Quinn, UI President Michael Hogan and Urbana campus interim chancellor Robert Easter signed a campus sustainability compact at a symposium at the I Hotel.

Energy audits steer nonprofits toward savings, efficiency

CHAMPAIGN – Ten nonprofit agencies are hoping federally funded energy audits will help them become more efficient and take a chunk out of their utility bills.

Life Remembered: Scientist did 'instrumental' work with birds

OAKWOOD – Arlo Raim died doing what he loved, tracking birds on a radio rig he invented, in his own car.

The Illinois Natural History Survey scientist, 67, was a nationally known expert on bird tracking. He was hit by a train Friday in a suburban Chicago forest preserve, while studying the effects of trains on birds.