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Proposed wind farm seeking approval in Tipton

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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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  • reply
    I don't know of anyone (at least not anyone reasonbly intelligent and objective) that considers Wind a 100% solution to power generation. It is one of a variety of renewables that should be developed in parallel to help diversify the energy base away from its overwhelming reliance on fossil fules.
  • No Gain
    Power generated from wind turbines must be 100% backed up by conventional power sources unless you don't need electricity when the wind doesn't blow. This only drives up the cost of conventional power.
    • Good Project
      I like the wind farms between Lafayette and Chicago. Gives my kids something to do when we're driving to see Grandma. And many emerging technology's in this country were either created by or subsidized by govt money. Some succeed, some fail but I don't think those failures are a reason to quit attempting to advance technological development. IF we don't someone else will (China). Don't let perfection be the enemy of progress.
    • wonderful drive
      Actually I started enjoying more my ride from Indy to Chicago once they built the wind farm. It's more interesting to see than the corn fields (not that I don't like corn fields).
    • benefits?
      Ben so you would rather essentially ruin the land so that people can't use it. I have heard horror stories of ice chunks flying off the blades in the winter and crashing thru homes, and out West a number of endangered birds have had additional losses from contact with the blades. If you truely are interested in clean, cheap energy, than Nuclear is the only answer.
    • Good effects
      I'm a fan of these projects for a couple of reasons. First, it is a way to get some extra income into the hands of farmers (they are paid rent). This makes it far less likely that they will sell their land to be turned into suburbs. Also, few people want to live within a mile or two of these structures, so it prevents sprawl in that way too. Not to mention that once the subsidies for coal- and oil-based energy are ended, this source of energy will be cost-comparable. But best of all, the external costs of a wind farm are minimal, while the external costs of coal- and oil-based energy are extreme (hence their "low" cost).
    • Wrong use
      The issue isn't the system, but us. We demand so much energy that nothing can truly satisfy what we demand. We must focus on reduction in demand and then these projects will be feasible.

      By the way, we greatly subsidize coal and oil for energy so how is this different?
    • craziness
      The people who scream the environmentalist mantra are behind these eyesores. Just try driving from Lafayette to Chicago without feeling nauseous from the field of rotating blades. The real irony is that a majority in that particular network are NOT hooked into an electrical grid
    • Then what?
      The Feds are currently pumping billions into "renewables". Once this ends, these wind companies will go bankrupt...then what? This is nothing more than a short term scam by Chicago crooks to grab some tax money and run. Read up on Spain's foray into wind and solar, they ended up quitting because it was never going to be feasible without massive govt. subsidies!
    • wwwwwhhhhh
      I hear these will power tens of homes.

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