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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.

January 12, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm worries trail enthusiasts

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 . . .

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January 11, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County OKs wind tower permit

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 . . .

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December 30, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Some property owners oppose plan for new wind farm in Sumner County

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 . . .

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December 30, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Lyon County Commission approves zoning change for wind energy progect

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. . . .

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December 29, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Sumner commissioners approve windmill project

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 . . .

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December 17, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm zoning proposal amended

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 . . .

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December 13, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning Board to revisit proposed wind farm

The Lyon County Planning and Zoning Board will reconsider the proposed wind energy project near Reading Wednesday evening. The board passed the measure along to the Lyon County Commission by a 6-1 vote during a November meeting, adding two items to their recommendation. RES Americas, the developer, must request an extension if construction hasn’t started by the end of 2018. The wind turbines will be placed 1,640 feet away from any existing property line. It is the second recommendation on . . .

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December 4, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Farmer files federal lawsuit to prevent recently completed Pratt area wind farm from starting, to protect Whooping Cranes

PRATT – A Pratt County farmer has filed a suit in federal court seeking to prevent a new wind farm in Pratt County from starting up because of the risk he believes it poses to Whooping Cranes. Edwin Petrowsky, a former member of the Pratt County Zoning Commission, filed the suit Nov. 23 seeking temporary and permanent injunctions against NextEra Energy Resources. Petrowsky contends the Ninnescah Wind Farm, which consists of 121 wind generators in the southeast quadrant of the . . .

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December 3, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Reading wind farm decision postponed

The Lyon County Commission voted to send the proposal for a zoning change on a potential wind farm near Reading back to the Lyon County Planning and Appeals Board Thursday. In a November meeting, the planning board voted 6-1 to recommend the zoning change, which would change nearly 17,000 acres of the project area from agricultural land to agricultural special use. The board recommended the change with two conditions: an extension request for the zoning change if construction hasn’t begun . . .

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December 2, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Reading wind farm decision postponed

The vote on the proposed Reading wind farm by the Lyon County Commission was postponed on Thursday. The Lyon County Commission voted to send the proposal for a conditional use permit back to the Lyon County Planning and Appeals Board. Commissioners voted to give the planning board 45 days to re-examine and research the setback rules requiring the wind turbines be placed 1,640 feet from any property line. “I think we need to go back and re-establish … and research . . .

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