By Seth Slabaugh, Star Press

seths@muncie.gannett.com

MUNCIE -- Transmission capacity isn't likely to delay three proposed wind farms in East Central Indiana, but the economy could.

A federal study released recently concluded that 20 percent or more of Eastern North America's electricity could be generated from wind power by 2024 -- if there is a significant expansion of the transmission infrastructure.

"We are aware that new technology ... will require new transmission capacity," but in the short-term Indiana has some advantages over other states, said Brandon Seitz, director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

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