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While Chicago tries to land the 2016 Olympics by relying on a Green city theme, a grassroots group in outlet bags online Evanston is angling to build a wind farm off the shores of Evanston.

The Citizens for a Greener Evanston CGE is proposing to build an offshore wind farm on Lake Michigan in Evanston, a suburb just north of Chicago. The offshore wind farm proposal is a major part of Evanston overall outlet bags online climate action plan to reduce the city greenhouse gases 13 percent by 2012. The proposal calls for 10 wind turbines to be placed four miles off the shoreline from Northwestern University to Dawes Park.

So far, the offshore wind farm is only a proposal but it did help when the City of Evanston last year adopted CGEs climate action plan, giving legitimacy to the plans major component an offshore wind farm.

Evanstons Green architect, Nathan Kipnis, who cochairs CGEs Renewable Energy Task Force, said he has been getting phone calls from wind farm consultants who are curious abou outlet bags online t Evanston offshore wind farm proposal. Kipnis said it would take about 7 years for the entire process, most of it involving the approval of various city, state and federal agencies.

If built, Evanstons offshore wind farm could power 9,600 homes, Kipnis said. The cost would be somewhere between $85100 million, he said.

Kipnis said the project could be financed through wind farm developers with possibly some financial assistance from federal grants and Northshore cities that would benefit from the wind power. He also said that President Barack Obama commitment to double renewable energy in three years gives great hope to the project.

The offshore wind farm would not only power homes using a renewable energy source but would bring civic pride and worldwide recognition to Evanston, Kipnis said. It would also play into Chicago reputation as a Green city, and its bid for the Olympics, he added. outlet bags online