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Illinois 48 MW Crescent Ridge project stalled by permit process

Of two projects in Illinois planned for completion this year, one has been set back to 2004, says Stefan Noe of Illinois Wind Energy. Noe says his 48 MW Crescent Ridge project in Bureau County was stalled by a slow permitting process and now one landowner with five acres of land adjacent to the project is challenging the project in the state's Appellate Court. Although the court could make a decision as early as this month, it is too late this year to begin without some assurance that the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind will get extended through 2004. "We're in a position now where we're waiting for the production tax credit extension," Noe says. Once the project moves forward, it will use 32 NEG Micon NM72 1.5 MW turbines. In September, Midwest Wind Energy, a company also owned by Noe, was awarded a 54 MW power purchase agreement by We Energies for its Butler Ridge wind farm in Wisconsin (Windpower Monthly, August 2003), but Noe declines to give details of the project's location. Meantime, Navitas Energy's 50.4 MW Mendota Hills wind project in Illinois continues to be on track to beat the PTC time clock, says Navitas president Greg Jaunich. The $54 million project in Lee County will use Gamesa 800 kW turbines. The Spanish turbine manufacturer owns a 75% share of Minneapolis-based Navitas.

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