Lee County is well-served by high-capacity transmission lines and has a diverse pool of energy generation assets, including natural gas, wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Local users can be confident in efficient delivery by ComEd, and can meet corporate green energy and carbon reduction goals through Lee County's wide-scale deployment of zero carbon generation projects.
Lee County is home to 290 wind turbines, with a total nameplate capacity of nearly 6,000 MW -- starting in 2003 with Illinois' first utility-scale wind development, the 63-turbine Mendota Hills Wind Farm, to Lee County's newest 71-turbine Shady Oaks project which is ready to go online in 2023.
Utility-scale and community solar projects in development throughout Lee County currently cover more than 10,000 acres, and have more than 1,400 MW of total capacity, including a 5,000-acre/600MW project near Steward and Lee, and a 3,800-acre/500MW project in South Dixon Township.
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy operates a 3 MW hydroelectric generating station on the Rock River in Dixon. The facility is equipped with five IP Morris vertical turbines. The facility produces more than 13 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in a typical year. It was originally built in 1925 and has undergone regular refurbishment since.
Rockland Capital owns a 640 MW natural gas power plant with 8 General Electric, 7EA combustion turbines. Black-start capabilities consist of 3 2005-vintage, 1.4 MW Caterpillar emergency diesel generators, installed for powering auxiliaries and the switchyard for isolation or switching in the event of an emergency.
Invenergy and AMP Capitol Investors own a 584 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant, with GE Power supplying 2 7F.04 gas turbines and 2 A10 steam turbines. The power generated from the project is sold to WPPI Energy under a power purchase agreement for a period of 20 years. The contracted capacity is 91.1MW.