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Wind farm proposal in western Sangamon picks up steam

NEW BERLIN — Developers of a proposed commercial wind farm in western Sangamon County say they’re continuing to sign up landowners and complete necessary studies in hopes of starting construction in 2012. “We’re all very happy right now with the way things have been progressing,” said Chris Nickell, vice president of site establishment for American Wind Energy Management Corp. “We’ve really had a very good response from people who live in that area. That part of the project is going very smoothly.” “Well over 100” landowners have been signed up for the project along with almost 27,000 acres, Nickell said. About 20,000 of that acreage lies in what could be the first phase of the project. The wind farm, which would be the county’s first, is a joint development between American Wind Energy, which has a Springfield office but is a subsidiary of German-based Euro Wind Energy Management and Oak Creek Energy Systems Inc. of California.

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