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Wind Power News: Kansas


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 15, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Potential wind farm draws a crowd in Haven

HAVEN – Strangely enough, the area a Florida energy company revealed Thursday night for a potential wind farm in southeast Reno County vaguely resembled the peninsula state. More than 100 people attended NextEra Energy’s open house at the Haven Community Center, 215 S. Reno in Haven. Most, at some point, pointed at the maps to see if their property fell within the roughly 29,000 acres. The large area will eventually dwindle down, as existing environmental concerns make certain space unusable, and . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • Kansas, Michigan, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Conflicts of interest abound in wind farm proposals

Elected officials affecting the fates of wind farm developments in their communities often stand to benefit personally from the projects, raising concerns about conflicts of interest. In counties and towns across America, government officials or their family members hold private land agreements worth anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars should the projects develop. Ethics laws vary from state to state, but many require only that elected officials disclose their personal interest in a project, not . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • Kansas, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, U.S., WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

In the shadow of wind farms

A six-month GateHouse Media investigation found that wind developers representing some of the world’s biggest energy companies divide communities and disrupt the lives of residents forced to live in the shadow of their industrial wind farms. Reporters interviewed more than 70 families living near three dozen current or proposed wind farms. They also spoke to 10 state and local lawmakers, read hundreds of pages of public-service-commission records about wind projects, reviewed court filings in seven wind-related lawsuits and inspected lease . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine repairs too costly to keep it running

The cost of repairs for a wind turbine at Kiowa County High School have gotten so high, the district has decided to dismantle the unit. It’s time to cut losses and move ahead at Kiowa County High School. That was the decision that signaled the end of a wind turbine generator at the school. District Superintendent Staci Derstein said they were in the process of getting the tower and turbine decommissioned and taken down. The take down has to wait . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Open House Thursday on proposed Reno County wind farm

A Florida energy company that operates multiple wind farms in Kansas has announced a desire to locate a 200- to 300-megawatt wind farm in Reno County. NextEra Energy will host an open house on Thursday evening at the Haven Community Center, 215 S. Reno in Haven, to “gauge interest in this type of project,” said company spokesperson Rebecca Rivera. The come-and-go event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. “For the proposed project we’re looking at . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Giving away the (wind) farm

Mark Buck can see some of the 314 turbines in Kansas’ largest wind farm from his office window in Medicine Lodge, where he is superintendent of the Barber County North School District. The nearly $1 billion Flat Ridge project, built in two phases and owned in part by British Petroleum, spans 70,000 acres near the Oklahoma border in south-central Kansas. But unlike most other Kansas businesses, Flat Ridge pays no property taxes on its generators to fund local schools and . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developers in Kansas push back against tax-credit reversal by U.S. House

Executives of seven wind energy companies pressed Gov. Sam Brownback to lobby the state’s congressional delegation in opposition to a cut in a federal tax credit that could derail $1.5 billion in planned projects across Kansas. A provision weakening the production tax credit was folded into the U.S. House bill endorsed by all four Kansas representatives in Washington, but wind industry executives asked Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to encourage fellow Republican U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm permits approved

County commissioners approved conditional use permits Monday for Diamond Vista, a wind energy project proposed in northern Marion County, after a large crowd forced the meeting to move to a larger room. With people spilling out of commission chambers in the courthouse lobby, the meeting temporarily moved to the courtroom to accommodate the public. Commissioner Dianne Novak recused herself and left the meeting, citing a potential appearance of impropriety due to a single windmill on her husband’s property out of . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Patrons come to hear about wind turbine project

Marion County commissioners moved Monday’s meeting upstairs to the courtroom when about 30 people arrived to attend a particular portion of the meeting regarding wind turbines. After nearly 40 minutes of questions and comments, Commission Chairman Randy Dalle and Commissioner Kent Becker voted to approve a conditional-use permit recommended by the Planning and Zoning department. Commissioner Dianne Novak recused herself from the discussion and vote, citing it was appropriate to do so. “The CUP requires a development plan,” said Emma . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Learning from others’ mistakes: Commissioners discuss wind farm agreement

One commissioner wants the county to learn from Kingman County’s mistakes before signing a wind farm agreement. “To me, this is big to protect our county,” commissioner Dianne Novak said. “Make a mistake and it’s going to cost us for years.” She detailed highlights Monday from Kingman County’s wind farm agreements to consider when the county writes its own agreement with Tradewind Energy for a proposed project in the northwest part of the county. She gathered information from conversations and . . . Complete story »

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