WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — A wind farm with up to 100
electricity-generating turbines is being planned for a rural area of an eastern
The project is being developed by Houston-based EDP
Renewables North America across a stretch of farmland south of the Randolph
County city of Winchester. It is estimated to cost $350 million to $400 million,
The Star Press of Muncie reported.
“We don’t have all the details solidified yet, so those are
only ballpark figures,” company spokesman Adam Renz said. “But this is a sizable
Major construction is expected to start next spring and be
completed by the end of 2014, Renz said.
The subsidiary of Spanish company EDP Renovaveis has an
agreement with Indiana Michigan Power for the utility to buy electricity from
the proposed Headwaters Wind Farm in the area about 25 miles east of Muncie.
Indiana Michigan Power said the wind power contract is part
of its efforts to meet a 2007 agreement between parent company AEP and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency to increase its purchase of renewable energy.
That agreement settled litigation over alleged violations of
the Clean Air Act by AEP’s coal-fueled power plants in Indiana and other states.
Two other companies have gained the approval of Randolph
County officials for wind farm projects there, while opponents in neighboring
Delaware County are fighting proposed turbine construction.
Several hundred turbines are operating at wind farms north
Construction finished late last year on 125 turbines in
Tipton and Madison counties for the Wildcat Wind Farm. Nearly 200 more turbines
are planned in neighboring Howard and Grant counties during later phases in the
area about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.
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