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EA-1800: Draft Environmental Assessment

Monarch Warren County Wind Turbine Project, Lenox Township, Warren County, Illinois

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided Federal funding to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) under the State Energy Program (SEP). DCEO is seeking to provide $5 million of its SEP funds to Monarch Wind Power (MWP), who would use these funds for the design, permitting and construction of 12, 1.6- megawatt wind turbines, for a combined generation capacity of 19.2 megawatts. This EA provides DOE and other decisionmakers the information needed to make an informed decision about the installation, operation, and eventual decommissioning of the proposed wind project. The EA evaluates the potential individual and cumulative impacts of the proposed project. For purposes of comparison, this EA also evaluates the impacts that could occur if DOE did not provide funding (the No-Action Alternative); under which DOE assumes the project would not proceed. The EA does not analyze other action alternatives.