BREAKING: Wind Farm Project Can Proceed Under Old Terms in Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Feb 26 2014 10:49AM
A wind farm will be constructed in Grant County later this year, but without binding amendments concerned residents and officials worked for months to lock down. Amidst a saturated, divided chamber, the Grant County Council took no action as they did in late December, leaving developer E-On Climate and Renewables the authority to proceed under the original agreement.
Project Manager Andy Melka says they’ll now move forward in their plans to start construction later this year and be operational by the end of 2015.
Melka says it was a no-brainer that the council would approve the amendments and says he’s shocked the council did not take action.
Some council members pointed out research of detrimental effects due to wind turbines, and said most constituent feedback was in opposition of wind farms, but E-On experts negated most points, reiterating the project’s benefit citing a decrease in overall taxes and a net gain of new funds into the county.