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EA-1800: Final Environmental Assessment

Monarch Warren County Wind Turbine Project

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. Before DOE decides whether to authorize DCEO to provide SEP funds to the Monarch Warren County Wind Turbine Project (proposed project), DOE must first complete review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the proposed project and the alternative of not implementing this project (the No-Action Alternative).