Wind Power News: Kansas
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BP Plc is weighing plans to update as many as 200 of its U.S. wind turbines with newer, higher-capacity equipment, a move that would represent the company’s biggest investment in renewable energy since its last wind farm came online in 2012. If the company green lights the project – a decision that could be reached by mid-year – it would represent about 400 megawatts of capacity. Laura Folse, chief executive of BP Wind Energy, said the move would allow the U.K. energy . . .
Tim Branscom, county zoning administrator, said a resident in the wind farm area has complained that he is having issues receiving TV signals from his antenna. Since the wind farm went active, it has knocked down his number of channels. The resident contacted NextEra and the problem was checked but no problem with the system could be found. NextEra was contacted again and the representative offered the resident a one-time payment for the problem, Branscom said. According to the NextEra agreement, if the operator causes the problem, they have to take timely measures to fix it. The problem has been going on for a month and he is the only one that has complained, Branscom said.
County commissioners learned a tantalizing piece of information in a phone call Monday morning with the development manager of a proposed wind farm in Republic and Washington counties. Sam Massey, development manager in Kansas for NextEra Energy, told the board the company has 40,000 acres under lease, and another 13,000 acres near agreement. “But they also said they may be able to get up to 100,000 acres leased between the two counties, best case scenario,” said Luke Mahin, Republic County . . .
Sumner County residents are on opposite sides of a project to bring in another wind farm. The company Invenergy received a conditional use permit and rezoning approval from the Sumner County Commission to put in their Argyle Creek Wind Project. But a lawsuit filed last week in Sumner County asks a District Court to strike the permit. Nearly 60 Sumner County residents are named in the suit, which claims the project was ramrodded through without residents being properly notified of . . .
Santa Fe Trail enthusiasts are concerned that a new wind farm proposed for northern Marion County could damage sections of the trail that runs through the county. “We realize a wind tower is a benefit to the landowner,” said Steve Schmidt, president of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. “We are just looking for a balance.” Schmidt said he became aware of the proposed wind farm early in 2015. The association’s primary goal is to prevent . . .
A MET (meteorological) tower to measure wind velocity, direction and other information soon will be erected southeast of Navarre. Data gathered by the MET tower likely will be used to expand a wind farm – the Diamond Vista Wind Project— under development in Marion and McPherson counties. Dickinson County commissioners on Thursday approved a conditional use permit to Tradewind Energy of Lenexa to install the tower south of 1100 Avenue, east of Mink Road, on private property. The CUP application previously . . .
Supports say plans to put dozens of wind turbines on farmland in north central Sumner County will be great for the county’s finances. Opponents say that doesn’t take health and environment effects into account, let alone how the tall wind turbines will look and sound. Beverly Haines, who lives in the middle of rural Sumner County where the company, Invenergy, wants to build dozens of wind turbines, says she likes the idea. “I think they’re really cool,” she says of . . .
The potential wind energy project near Reading took a step forward today. During an action session for the Lyon County Commission, commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a zoning request from Reading Wind Energy, LLC, to change 16,723 acres to agriculture conditional use. The vote allows wind energy developer RES Americas to move forward. Commissioners voted to approve the zoning change with the following conditions: ^ The conditional-use permit must be refreshed or renewed if construction has not started by Dec. . . .
The Sumner County Commissioners overturned the 5-3 recommendation by the planning commission to deny a zoning change request for the Argyle Creek Wind Mill project. The commission meeting was moved to the Raymond Frye Complex due to the large crowd that was expected. The filled seating area was mixed with residents both for and against the proposed project. Invenergy’s, project developer, Vice President of Development Kelly Meyer presented a 30-minute slide show discussing the project and benefits from the wind . . .
The Lyon County Planning and Zoning Board voted 5-0 in favor of revising a zoning recommendation for the proposed wind energy project near Reading during a Wednesday night meeting. The board voted 6-1 in November to recommend a zoning change from developer RES Americas, which asked for nearly 17,000 acres to be re-zoned from agricultural to ag conditional use with two conditions. An extension request be submitted if construction had not begun by 2018. Wind turbines be placed 1,640 feet . . .