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Winnebago Co. wind farm resolution one step closer to reality

Vote scheduled for the Golden Plains project tabled to next week's meeting

Posted: Oct. 2, 2018 7:38 PM
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 2:38 PM

FOREST CITY, Iowa - A wind farm project in North Iowa is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors discussed a resolution on the 200 megawatts Golden Plains wind project, which will straddle both sides of the Winnebago-Kossuth County line, at their meeting Tuesday morning.

The board initially planned to vote on the project, but was tabled until next Tuesday's meeting in order for the county attorney to look it over.

James Scott with EDF Renewables, the company in charge of the project, says he knows of people both for and against it, but has seen it leaning toward the supporting side.

"We have lots of landowners we've signed who are in support of the wind farm. Often people who are supportive of things aren't as vocal as people who are opposed to these, but we have lots and lots of support from the community."

But despite the move, he's confident the project will get the green light.

"It brings lots of jobs, lots of tax revenue, it will bring lots of revenue for farmers. You have another income source in a difficult time."

The project is part of Alliant Energy's plan to add 1,000 megawatts of new wind generation to Iowa by the end of 2020.

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