Mid-American Energy is considering Floyd County as a possible site for a 50-turbine wind energy farm.
The energy company, which already has wind turbines in Wright, Hamilton, Crawford, Carroll, Crawford, Pocahontas, Buena Vista and Sac counties, is planning to put another 300 to 400 turbines at various sites in north-central, northwest and/or west-central Iowa to produce an additional 540 megawatts of wind energy, according to Allan Urlis, a spokesman for Mid-American Energy.
The Charles City area is one of the sites being considered for a 75-megawatt wind farm.
“Where it’s located now depends on the response we get from landowners,” Urlis said.
Representatives from the energy company met with more than 60 Floyd County landowners this week.
Urlis said the landowners had a lot of questions, but “it appears to us they are interested in and approve of the project.”
If agreements can be worked out with landowners and the Iowa Utilities Board approves the project, construction could begin this fall and be completed in the spring of 2008, Urlis said.
By Mary Pieper
The Globe Gazette
10 May 2007
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