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MTD gets grant for hybrid buses

Officials at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District got a nice surprise Tuesday: word that they were one of five bus systems in Illinois to win a Federal Transit Administration Clean Fuels grant through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Wind-farms foe wants discussion of concerns in Ford County

PAXTON — Ann Ihrke, a Ford County resident who plans to run for election to the county board next year, asked the board Monday night why it has refused to address concerns she raised this summer about wind farms.

State says electronic messages from council meetings are public records

CHAMPAIGN — City officials must turn over electronic correspondence council members send and receive during meetings, regardless of what kind of media or means they use to do so, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Wind-farm forum brings call for zoning in 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.

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.

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.

Cray Inc. replacing IBM to build UI supercomputer

URBANA — A Cray Inc. machine will be the new supercomputer for the University of Illinois' Blue Waters project.

The Seattle-based company will build the world-class peta-scale supercomputer that IBM was originally chosen to build.

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.