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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.

March 21, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Commission will open NextEra presentation to public comment

The Reno County Commission has decided to open to questions and comments from the general public a presentation scheduled before it next Tuesday by NextEra Energy on a proposed wind farm in Reno County. “We’ve had a lot of emails about it, from both opponents and proponents,” Commissioner Dan Deming said of the plan for a 100-turbine farm in an area between Haven and Cheney Reservoir, which the Florida company announced plans for in December. If the company proceeds with . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Douglas County Commission to review permit process for wind speed measuring devices

The Douglas County Commission at its meeting Wednesday will consider an issue it overlooked two years ago when it approved wind farm regulations. The commission approved regulations for wind energy towers in June 2016. The action was taken in response to NextEra Energy, of Florida, applying in late 2013 for a conditional use permit to install two meteorological towers to measure wind speeds in southern Douglas County. The regulations adopted, however, didn’t foresee all the types of wind speed measuring . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The other side of wind power

Reno County is considering a proposed wind power facility. That consideration should include the harm as well as the benefit. Wind towers are beautiful engineering marvels but located too close to homes they come at a cost. Businesses take the profits from their activities and are expected to bear the costs. It doesn’t always work that way. Some industries are allowed the right to take waste products they produce and dump them on their neighbor’s property without penalty. The carbon . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County Commissioners approve NextEra Energy wind farm

The Pratt County Commissioners gave final approval on a Special Use request from NextEra Energy to construct a wind farm in the southwest quadrant of the county. The vote took place following a public hearing on the wind farm at the regular weekly commission meeting Feb. 5. Anyone objecting to the commission decision has 30 days to file an appeal with the District Court. This is the second wind farm NextEra will construct in Pratt County. The Ninnescah Energy Wind . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm discussed again

How to protect county roads after a wind farm closes about 30 years from now was discussed at Monday’s commission meeting. Commission chairman Dianne Novak said her concern is damage to county roads when the turbines are removed. Brice Barton, vice president of development for Tradewind Energy’s Diamond Vista Wind Project, and the project’s attorney, Greg Musil, talked to commissioners about what happens when the wind farm is decommissioned after its useful lifespan. Barton said the company’s agreements with landowners . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning Board approve NextEra windfarm application

The Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board approved NextEra Energy’s application for the Pratt Energy Wind Farm. The Pratt County Commissioners will have a public hearing on the matter at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5 in the Commission room before taking a final vote on the wind farm. A second wind farm in Pratt County is one step closer to reality after the Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board approved the NextEra Special Use Application at their meeting Jan. . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra wind farm application to go to Pratt County Commissioners for final approval

Pratt County is one step closer to a new wind farm. Tuesday night, the County Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend NextEra’s plan to build a second wind farm. The company says this project will create 250 jobs during development and construction. It will take up about 40,000 acres and will include more than 100 wind turbines. At the meeting, county residents were divided on the project. “I’m not in favor of this project because it directly affects the . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Gauging the wind: Landowners face many facets in energy farm contracts

Communities are either brought together or torn apart over wind farms, attorneys with experience in the field said. The division is a concern of one farmer in the Haven area, while NextEra Energy Resources pushes to lease land for a proposed wind farm in southeast Reno County. Not wanting to upset any neighbors, the farmer agreed to share his wind farm contract with The News on condition of anonymity. Three attorneys agreed to review the contract for The News. The . . . Complete story »

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 »

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