Tipton – Area residents have the chance to learn more about a proposed wind farm in portions of Madison and Tipton counties during an informational meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Elwood High School.
E.ON Climate & Renewables will host the meeting.
Steve Edson, executive director of the Tipton County Plan Commission, said Thursday that E.ON has signed leases with numerous property owners east of Windfall in Tipton County.
Edson said the company has not applied for the special-use exceptions for the project.
Matt Tulis, with E.ON, said the meeting will include general information about the project, the history of the company and a look at other projects it has completed in the United States. He said the company has 13 projects in the country.
Patrick Woodson said E.ON is looking at several projects in the central Indiana area and it hasn’t been determined which will be made a priority.
He said the company is looking at Phase 1 of the Tipton-Madison county project, which would generate 200 megawatts of electricity.
“If everything goes right, we hope to be up and running next year,” Woodson said. “We have a number of leases with landowners in both counties.”
Woodson said the nearest E.ON project to Indiana is in western Illinois.
“We have been working with county officials,” he said. “Discussions are taking place.”
Woodson said the meeting is to give people an idea of what the project will consist of.
E.ON is headquartered in Chicago with development offices in Austin, Texas, and Denver, according to its website.
It is a subsidiary of E.ON AG, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and the largest investor-owned utility in the world.
The company is currently generating 1,900 megawatts of electricity through wind farms, mostly located in Texas.
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