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Plan for turbines gets second wind

MACON COUNTY -- A plan to bring turbines to northern Macon County has gotten a second wind.
MACON COUNTY -- A plan to bring turbines to northern Macon County has gotten a second wind. The plan will go before the county board for a vote next week. But, some in the area, where they're planned to go, are already giving it a green light. WCIA-3's Alex Davis has more.

The cluster of turbines is supposed to stand along the west side of US 51 outside Maroa. A few residents say it will be a win-win for the county and the town. It's a big deal for a sleepy town.

"I would think it would be a good thing."

There are plans for 118 wind turbines to stand along US 51.

"There are going to be some out west of town and they're even looking east of town, and they're going to furnish electricity, so I guess that's always a good thing."

The nearest town is Maroa with a population just shy of 2,000.

"I don't think it's going to effect the countryside anyway. You see them up around Bloomington and everything. It doesn't seem to bother anything up there."

But, if anyone is weary, there are so many turbines around these days, folks don't have to drive too far to find them.

"I don't think it's going to change very much because I've seen them up around Bloomington and all the way up toward Chicago. My understanding is they're supposed to go all the way nearly to Warrensburg."

The utility company behind the deal, E.ON, will build them on farmland which could bring in big bucks for farmers.

"I been to several meetings about the matter, even though I'm not a farmer. I have friends that are in it. They're really enthused about it."

But, it could also line the pockets of others in the area. Some 100 temporary construction jobs are expected to be made along with 20 permanent jobs. If approved, some of the turbines could go up by the end of the year.
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