By Seth Slabaugh, Star Press

seths@muncie.gannett.com

MUNCIE -- East Central Indiana is fast becoming a global hotspot for wind energy development.

Wind energy manufacturers with roots in Italy and Germany already have moved here. Wind farm developers based in Portugal and Germany could be next. Can the Chinese be far behind?

Land owners in Delaware and Randolph counties recently met with representatives of E.ON Climate & Renewables North America to discuss a proposed $300 million to $400 million wind farm in the two counties. Headquartered in Chicago, the company is a subsidiary of Dusseldorf-based E.ON AG, one of the world's largest energy companies.

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