Gibson Co. wind energy hearing held Tuesday

Published: Mar. 5, 2019 at 10:34 PM CST
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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) - Gibson County Commissioners held the first hearing about wind energy farms Tuesday.

Representatives from E.ON discussed plans to potentially build turbines throughout Posey and Gibson County.

Residents had a chance to ask questions about the project and speak their concerns.

E.ON has been working on the project over the last year.

“It’s the future. We’ve got to decide if we want it or not," said County Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe.

The German based energy company expects up to 80 turbines across 15,000 acres the two counties.

E.ON reps said they have 10,000 acres already secured.

Some residents questioned property lines and proximity to their homes.

Others are concerned about the sustainability.

“I figured out that I need to know as much about this as I can. We need to write some ordinances that will help what the citizens want in Gibson County and it’s time to get on board," Bledsoe said.

E.ON reps say they’re recording wind speeds over the course of the next two years. They plan to match the best turbines to the wind speeds in order to maximize energy production.

“That’s where the technology has come to, to make this project financially viable," said a representative. “Larger mega-watt sized turbines output better energy production for lower wind speed areas,” he explained.

The energy generated from this proposed farm would be enough to power 70,000 homes for a year.

Representatives said they have a lot more work to do, including land acquisition, utility process, permits and all of the above.

County commissioners plan to have more meetings in the future to discuss the proposal.

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