Wind Turbine Installation: Ogden Grade School 11/15/11

 Installation a 120 foot tower and a 50 KW (kilowatt) wind turbine at the Ogden grade School on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011 in Ogden. When complete the school hopes to be 75% - 100% energy independent. Most of the $614,000 cost of the project is being paid for with a federal grant through the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Developer ends Prairie Green wind-farm bid

PRAIRIE GREEN TOWNSHIP — A developer has terminated its plans for a proposed wind farm in Prairie Green Township in Iroquois County.

Terra-Gen officials cited "the current market conditions" and other issues for the company's decision to terminate the development of the Horseshoe Wind Farm.

Seven area counties added to ash borer quarantine

Seven area counties were among 14 Illinois counties added to the state's emerald ash borer quarantine area last week.

Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties were added to the list after the tree-killing beetle was found in four new counties this summer.

Urbana hears about options for saving on energy bills

URBANA -- City council members on Monday night heard from the former head of the Illinois Power Agency on how municipal electric aggregation may be able to save residents money on their energy bills.

Kenwood students studying coral, ocean

CHAMPAIGN — They're a long way from the ocean, but students in Diana Boyd's enrichment classes at Champaign's Kenwood Elementary are sure excited about coral.

They're studying it and trying to raise money to adopt some corals of their own to save through The Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida.

Grants help pay for energy efficiency at new Carrie Busey

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation awarded Champaign's school district three grants totalling $216,500 for some of the energy-efficiencies being built into the new Carrie Busey Elementary School.

The school is under construction in Savoy.

Wind farm foes urge zoning that would ban turbines near Roberts

ROBERTS — A group of wind-energy opponents is urging village officials to create their own zoning regulations, a measure that would allow the town to keep wind farms from being built on farmland immediately outside its boundaries.

Climate change presentation set for DACC

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will host a climate change presentation that has its foundation in the Oscar award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at DACC's Bremer Theater, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. It is free and open to the public.

Zoning board votes 4-3 to send wind farm permit to county board


URBANA -- A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County won approval Thursday night from the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals.

RFK Jr.: Country needs to retool energy system

URBANA — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sees every house as a potential power plant, part of his vision of a carbon-free and more democratic energy future.

Retooling the nation's energy system is the surest way to "walk us out of the recession," he said Wednesday in a speech at the University of Illinois Foellinger Auditorium.