Element Power to build 200 MW wind farm in Missouri

Element Power to begin construction in the fall on the 200 megawatt Mill Creek Wind Farm near Oregon, Mo.

Element Power has announced it expects to begin construction in the fall on what it says will be the largest wind farm in Missouri, The Associated Press reported. Power generated from the new 200 megawatt Mill Creek Wind Farm, to be developed in Holt County, will be sold to Kansas City Power & Light. Element has secured almost 25,000 acres in lease agreements with more than 100 landowners for the massive renewable energy project.

"I feel wind is a good source for power production and it offers an additional opportunity to landowners to optimize their land," Gerald Meadows, a landowner in Holt County who has a lease agreement with Element Power, told the St. Joseph News-Press. "It provides an excellent opportunity for the county to improve their education system through increased tax revenues."

The Mill Creek Wind Farm will is slated to begin operation by December 2015, according to the AP. The Mill Creek wind project is expected to inject almost $400 million into Missouri's economy and will be the first to come online in the region in more than five years, the St. Joseph News-Press said.

More information on wind power in the U.S. can be found on PennEnergy's research area

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