Proposed wind farm seeking approval in Tipton

August 3, 2011

An energy company that wants to build a massive wind farm in central Indiana has taken another step toward that goal.

The Kokomo Tribune reported this week that E.ON Climate & Renewables North America filed paperwork in Tipton seeking local plan commission approval of its Wildcat Wind Farm.

The company hopes to begin building 125 wind turbines in Tipton County by the end of the year. The complete project, which could cost up to $200 million to build, would span Grant, Howard, Madison and Tipton counties.

E-on, a European company with U.S. offices based in Chicago, plans to create 150 jobs during construction and four to six permanent full-time jobs when the wind farm is complete.

A public hearing on the company's request is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds community building.

In May, E.ON reached a 20-year agreement with Fort Wayne-based utility Indiana Michigan Power to sell it power from the proposed farm.

The 8,500-acre wind farm is expected to generate about 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 60,000 homes. The utility said the project will be connected to American Electric Power's transmission system, which will deliver the power to customers in Indiana and Michigan.

About 75 of the farm's wind turbines would be located in Madison County if plans come to fruition.



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