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Timber Road Wind Farm opens doors to a new energy
Written by Kirk Dougal   
Monday, November 07, 2011 2:10 PM

PAYNE — The EDP Renewables North America Wind Farm opened its doors Wednesday; the international company could not be happier about beginning operations.

“We are happy to show that wind works,” said Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Alonso. “This is another testament that wind works. We are not polluting anything, we are not destructing anything — we are not burning a fuel to turn into electricity. We are just taking advantage of something that is a natural resource and making a benefit out of it.”

EDP’s Timber Road II Wind Farm is a 99-megawatt facility outside Payne. This is the first commercial, large-scale project to open in Ohio with implications for a changing business climate in Ohio.

“The fuel itself is free — wind — and no other fuel can say that,” Alonso continued. “We see a big benefit for landowners who will be getting millions of dollars in revenue. It will raise millions for local communities. We are very proud. The one thing you cannot discount is that we are right on the border of Ohio. Three miles away (in Indiana), the wind resources are the same. But why we chose (Ohio) has to do with policy; the alternative energy standard and the right incentive for utilities to buy wind or solar energy. This is very good for us but very beneficial for consumers and AEP Ohio because they are getting fixed prices for 20 years. Policy matters; it was critical for us to get this project done.”

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