Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:32 am
Spanish company withdraws Illinois wind farm plan
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OREGON, Ill. (AP) — A Spanish company is withdrawing plans to build a wind farm in Ogle County.
Sauk Valley Media reports that Gamesa USA has informed landowners that it's terminating the lease options it had for the wind farm in the northern Illinois county.
The company says it found the wind project wasn't commercially viable.
Ogle County Zoning Administrator Michael Reibel says he isn't surprised Gamesa pulled out. He says he'd never had any detailed information about the project, although officials knew Gamesa was planning to secure lease agreements.
David Loomis of Illinois State University's Center for Renewable Energy says the renewable energy industry isn't planning many more wind farms now. Loomis says the windiest sites have been built or are under leases.