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Posted: Jun 24, 2014 6:30 PMUpdated: Jun 24, 2014 7:14 PM

Tradewind Energy Holds Informational Meeting In Pawhuska

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Colton Scott

Tradewind Energy held an informational meeting at the Pawhuska Community Center Tuesday evening where they spoke to citizens about several different projects the company owns and is currently developing.

The two projects are industrially scaled wind constructions being built as means to produce and sell power to Oklahoma utilities including GRDA and Associate Electric.

They are being called the Osage Wind and Mustang Run projects.

Osage Wind is now under construction approximately 15 miles west of Pawhuska.

Mustang Run will soon begin construction within the next 18 months.

Aaron Weigel is the director of project development for Tradewind Energy, and he says the benefits to citizens are unlike anything the region has seen.

“These projects are gonna be good for the schools," Weigel said. "They’re gonna generate tax dollars.  They’re gonna be low impact on the ground, so it’s about a 2 percent land use, and they really are excellent projects, and the community will be excited about them after construction.”

The meeting at the community center was a way for Tradewind to let the citizens know what is happening with the projects at this time.

“The Osage Wind Project has been starting construction for quite some time, and so what I think we’re trying to do tonight is let everyone know where we are in the status of that project," Weigel said. "We are moving full steam ahead there.  If you drive past highway 60, you can see that there are roads being put in right now. There are turbines that are delivered out there, and we intend to start erecting those turbines this year.  We want to let everyone know that it’s coming.  It’s happening, and here’s what to expect.”

The projects are expected to keep energy rates throughout the region at low costs to citizens for up to 20 years.

Construction on the new wind projects will also generate over 250 new jobs in the county, and, once operational, will lead to 25 permanent jobs in the area.

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