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New wind farm planned in Ford County

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:31:11 CST
By: AP

A 10-mile stretch of Route Nine that's now home to almost a hundred wind turbines could soon see dozens more. Chicago-based Akuo Energy USA and a Bureau County-based firm called Stewardship Energy LLC have applied with Ford County to build a 100-megawatt wind-energy project along Illinois 9. The site is near Paxton. It would sit next to the 150-megawatt Pioneer Trail Wind Farm built in 2011. The companies want to erect up to 49 new turbines over the next year in what they're calling the Dogtown Wind Project. The project's application says it would cost about $200 million to build and produce eight full-time jobs.

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