A company looking to build a wind farm in Morgan County has opened an office and will have an open house this weekend to share information about the project and meet with community members.
E.ON’s office in Alexander will oversee the creation of a wind farm to produce electricity for the new Ameren power lines.
Lael Eason, a senior development manager for E.ON, said its proposed project is smaller that Apex Wind’s proposed project, including having fewer turbines and generating fewer megawatts.
“Our focus is to develop, construct, own and operate these wind farms,” Eason said. “We’ll be here the entire span of the project, not just the development.”
The proposed project area is in the southeast corner of the county near Franklin, Waverly and Alexander.
“We are proposing a 200-megawatt project, which could include between 44 to 91 wind turbines (in) the project area,” Eason said.
E.ON is talking with landowners and doing studies before they begin the permitting process, he said.
“We are going through our process, doing our own due diligence, our own studies to make sure there are no adverse affects to the environment and area residents,” Eason said.
E.ON’s proposed project is in the same area as Apex Wind’s proposed 300-megawatt project.
“There is a bit of overlap between the two projects,” Eason said.
Once operational, the turbines could generate about $35 million in additional revenue over 30 years, Eason said.
The county now is reviewing its ordinance governing wind farms and trying to decide if changes are needed before either project moves forward.
Evaluation of the ordinance came after a county resident raised several concerns about the projects.
Eason said E.ON plans to have several community engagement sessions as the company gains more specifics on its project, such as placement and numbers.
“We want to have an active dialogue with the county and address any concerns as we move forward,” Eason said.
If the E.ON project is approved, Eason said, they hope to have the turbines operational by 2020.
The open house will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the E.ON office at 101 W. Wabash St. in Alexander.
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