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Credit:  By Ken de la Bastide and Scott Smith, Tribune columnists | Kokomo Tribune | Jan. 27, 2013 | kokomotribune.com ~~

During a stop at the Kokomo Tribune last Thursday, Mike Rucker, the CEO of juwi Wind Energy’s North American operations, was asked if he personally lives near a wind farm.

His company is in the process of developing the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, a project slated to install up to 94 turbines in Prairie and Liberty townships in northern Tipton County. Most of the opposition to the project is coming from homeowners who say they simply don’t want to live next to 300-foot tall windmills.

As it turns out, Rucker does not live near or in the midst of windmills.

Rucker said he currently resides in Boulder, Colo., and he said from his office can see the wind turbines at the National Wind Technology Center, which is about 7 miles away.

Rucker said he lived near a wind farm at a previous address in California.

Opponents of the juwi project are citing a loss of property values, noise from the turbine operation and shadow flicker from the turning turbine blades.

Source:  By Ken de la Bastide and Scott Smith, Tribune columnists | Kokomo Tribune | Jan. 27, 2013 | kokomotribune.com

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