Data Collection Approved for NextEra Energy's Proposed Missouri Wind Farm

Data Collection Approved for NextEra Energy's Proposed Missouri Wind Farm

Data collection will soon get underway for a proposed wind farm in Missouri.

Despite opposition from some residents in DeKalb County, commissioners voted Monday to approve the construction of meteorological towers to collect data on wind speeds.

NextEra Energy has proposed a 97-turbine wind farm for DeKalb and Clinton County where commissioners have thus far voted against the project.

According to a report by KQTV, a NextEra Energy representative who attended the DeKalb County Commissioners’ meeting Monday said the company already has contracts with more than 50 land owners who support the project.

About 100 residents attended the meeting, nearly all of them opposed to the wind farm.  Opponents say the turbines would decrease property values and increase noise pollution.

According to NextEra Energy, if the met towers determine the farm is feasible construction could begin in 2016.

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