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Wind Farm Expansion To Howard County Depends On Tax Credits

A company is beginning the development of a wind farm in Madison and Tipton counties, but it could stop expansion if its tax credits are not renewed.

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County officials say based on projects like the Benton County Wind Farm, the development from E-on could bring an economic boost Howard, Grant, Madison and Tipton counties.

The development of a 1,500-acre wind farm is underway in Northern Indiana.

E-on Climate and Renewables recently received the go-ahead for its Wildcat Wind Farm Project in Madison and Tipton Counties. Once the first phase is complete, the company plans to expand to Howard and Grant counties.

E-on spokesperson, Matt Tulis says the expansion depends on the renewal of tax credits the federal government has approved for renewable energy projects.

“One of the things that we’ve been really concerned about here in the near term is the production tax credit, which is a credit we get for actually producing the power that’s due to expire at the end of this year,” he says. “We’re hoping that that will get renewed.”

President of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance Jeb Conrad says if the project continues into Howard and Grant counties, it could provide major economic benefits to those communities.

“Most folks in the county see an opportunity like I said for long and short term jobs and positive economic impact,” Conrad says. “It’s a great thing for county residents to have a partner, a good taxpayer and if you will that will generate some stability and support.”

The two-phase project will generate 400 mega-watts of electrical power for the four counties—enough to power 120,000 homes.

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