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Van Wert economy

Building on the success of our Blue Creek Wind Farm, the largest single private investment in Ohio in 2011, Iberdrola Renewables is now in the early stages of developing the Dog Creek Wind Farm. This will be located to the east of Blue Creek in northern Van Wert County.

Blue Creek is a powerful economic engine: the project employed more than 30 different local companies during construction, spending $25 million locally mainly on concrete, gravel, and upgrades and repairs to local roads. Our annual lease payments to area landowners total approximately $2 million per year and we compensated landowners for ag land impact during construction. We made a donation to Vantage Career Center to train future wind energy technicians, and created the Iberdrola Renewables Scholarship, administered by the Van Wert County Foundation. Residents of the Blue Creek and Dog Creek areas are eligible. In early 2014, Blue Creek will begin making payments to local taxing bodies that will make us the largest single taxpayer in Van Wert County, equal to the current top eleven taxpayers combined. Finally, Blue Creek is supplying clean, affordable, stable-priced wind energy to our customers across Ohio.

With your help, Dog Creek would potentially double all of these benefits in this region. Advancing turbine technology indicates that each turbine could produce more electricity potentially lowering the cost of electricity and increasing the local landowner payments.

We developed Blue Creek with a trusting partnership with the local community and landowners. That blue print of trust and transparency will guide us as we work together to develop Dog Creek. If you have any questions about the project, please contact me at 773-318-1289 or dlitchfield@iberdrolaren.com.

Dan Litchfield, Iberdrola Renewables, Chicago, IL

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