About The Project
Construction Update for: 12/16 – 12/20
By 12/20/2019, construction activities for the Blooming Grove project will halt for the rest of the month. Until then, we are continuing to construct our turbine component laydown yard near Colfax and will finish rocking a couple access roads in Lexington TWP.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Turbine components for the Blooming Grove project will begin arriving at our turbine component laydown yard near Colfax beginning the week of January 6th. The trucks will be arriving from westbound IL-165. Traffic along that route may experience some slowdown or short-term stoppages while the trucks hauling the various turbine components turn off of IL-165 into our temporary turbine component laydown yard.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Lexington Field Office at (307) 365-2777 or contact Blooming Grove’s Construction Site Manager, Charles Shawley, directly at (509) 336-9245.
During the life of the project, Blooming Grove Wind Energy Center is projected to pay millions of dollars in property taxes, lease payments to landowners, salaries to employees, and payments for local goods and services, resulting in a significant increase in economic activity in the McLean County area. Local schools and county infrastructure will benefit from the increase in tax revenue.
An Economic Impact of the Blooming Grove Energy Center was commissioned by Invenergy and performed by Dr. David G. Loomis, Professor of Economics at Illinois State University and Director of the Center for Renewable Energy.
Illinois is a national and world leader in wind power generation. 35.8% of the electricity in Illinois is generated by wind - which represents the highest share of wind power generation of any state. Illinois also ranks 5th in the nation for installed wind generation capacity. Illinians' electricity bills have remained well below the national average due to this abundance of wind energy. And Illinois' robust wind industry contributes greatly to the economy - to date, the wind industry has invested more than $8.4 billion into the Illinois economy.
The Blooming Grove Wind Energy Center is an unparalleled development opportunity for McLean County, with millions to be invested in the local economy over the life of the project. We selected McLean County for this project after intense and careful evaluation due to the:
We take our commitment to our local host communities seriously and look forward to continuing to work closely with McLean County, contributing to the area's economic development, and to providing an additional supply of clean, homegrown energy in Illinois.
To avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife and other natural resources, we work with state and federal agencies and other interested stakeholders to site, build, and operate our facilities responsibly. The cornerstone of that effort is our commitment to act in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines, which includes robust pre-construction wildlife and habitat surveys, early and often communication with wildlife agencies, and operational monitoring to ensure risk to wildlife is minimized.
As required by the Wind Ordinance of the McLean County Code, all County roads and infrastructure will be left in the same or better condition than they were prior to their use for the construction or on-going maintenance and repair of a wind energy project, and that such repairs will be completed at no cost to McLean County.
Wind turbines and access roads have a very small footprint. Approximately 98-99% of land will remain viable for agricultural use, allowing wind energy to support the agricultural industry and landowners to continue farming their land. Invenergy holds itself responsible for preventing soil erosion and for correcting any impact on tillable soil, drain tile, or grasslands that may occur.
The Wind Ordinance of the McLean County Code requires the creation of a Decommissioning Plan and accompanying fund for use in the unlikely event that a wind project must be taken down before the end of its useful life. The establishment of a decommissioning fund ensures that the cost of decommissioning the project would never be borne by the County.