A proposed new wind farm project in northeast Missouri hits another snap, but it’s a hurdle that should be easily cleared.
On Monday, the Knox County Commission voted 2-to-1 against a development agreement with NEMO Wind LLC, which wants to build a wind farm in the county. It is a project of Cordelio Power.
The project’s been talked about, negotiated and researched for more than four years now.
Knox County Commissioners Ronnie Leckbee and Luther Green voted against the agreement.
Presiding Commissioner Evan Glasgow voted in favor of it.
A slightly revised development agreement is set to be voted on Monday, October 24, 2022, during the Knox County Commission’s regular meeting.
Leckbee and Green told KTVO now that changes have been made regarding setbacks, they plan to vote in favor of the revised agreement next week.
They explained that they wanted the distance from a wind turbine to participating landowners’ residences reduced somewhat so, in theory, the turbine could be closer to the center of the property and farther away from the property lines of non-participating landowners.
Leckbee went on to explain that even after the development agreement is approved, NEMO Wind LLC will still have to get final approval from county commissioners regarding the location of each of the wind turbines the company plans to put up in Knox County.
Those behind the project were understandably not pleased with the 2-to-1 vote against it.
“We are disappointed in the outcome of Monday’s meeting,” said Tim Vought, Senior Director of Development of Cordelio Power. “The agreements were negotiated over the course of more than two years and are robust in protecting the community. We are going to evaluate our next steps and the continued advancement of the project.”
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