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New company looks to bring wind energy to Chanute

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Neil Israel talks about an old form of alternative energy.  

"We've been using the wind for energy for literally thousands of years, since people have been coming over with huge steamships. So, using wind as an energy source is the right thing to do."

Which is why Israel and his partner, Jonathan Frieden, are launching Energeni, a company focused on creating wind energy that it says is environmentally-friendly and cost effective.

The plan is to build its first turbine in Chanute.  

"They've been a great partner with us in terms of building, and letting us set up and test our prototypes here."

The turbines would stand vertically, just like other models currently on the market.  But the company is designing them to be smaller in scale and more affordable, two elements the city takes into consideration.  

"When we're assessing a product, we consider its viability, certainly, as part of that process. And we think it does have the capacity to land jobs and to also be marketable," says city manager Jeff Cantrell.

Energenie says it plans to build its products right here in the city of Chanute, as well as distribute them from here. And the company says it hopes to be a force for good.

"Think about all the productive activity that's happening from the wind blowing. And what you're actually doing. And you're saving money," said Israel.

The company applied for a $100,000 revolving loan from the city to put toward its prototype, which city manager Jeff Cantrell says would not impact the general fund of the city.  

"There's not risk whatsoever to the city's bottom line in these types of reviews."

The city is currently reviewing the loan documents. Energenie says the project would add 15 to 20 jobs to the area.  
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