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Could a wind farm be coming to Eau Claire County?

UPDATE: Eric Crawford, the wind development manager for RWE Renewable Energy, now tells News 18 they’d be looking at building 40 to 70 wind turbines that would occupy 15 to 35 acres in a 20,000 acre project area.

Eau Claire County (WQOW)- Green energy could be coming to Eau Claire County if an energy company decides to build a wind farm in the southern part of the county.

RWE Renewable Americas is looking into building the wind farm south of Cleghorn.

Eric Crawford, the wind development manager for the company, said they’d be looking at building 15 to 35 wind turbines on 20,000 acres of land.

Crawford said if they move forward the wind farm would be a $200 million investment.

Rod Eslinger, the Eau Claire County Director of Planning and Development, said the wind farm would create health and environmental concerns but would also provide green energy.

“The state is encouraging renewable energy and anytime that you can reduce our carbon footprint, obviously those are a benefit for all energy users in the state of Wisconsin,” Eslinger said.

Officials said if the company does turn in an application it will be a long process before anything is approved.

Before that, there will be plenty of opportunities for public input on the project.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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