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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


September 26, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County, wind farm representives disagree on flood damage to roads

A Friday county commission meeting to discuss road maintenance issues with Enel Green Power, the company developing Diamond Vista wind farm in the northern section of the county, and talk to Expedition Wind about future development of a wind farm in the southern portion of the county stayed civil despite a packed house. Commissioners first discussed road damage caused by July storms weeks ago and county engineer Brice Goebel said Enel Green Power did not consider it their responsibility to . . . Complete story »


September 26, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm company blasts Novak’s behavior in legal filing

County commissioner Dianne Novak was called out for her apparent collaboration with plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Aug. 14 against county commissioners. Wind farm developer Expedition Wind filed a motion to intervene in the case, originally filed by Peabody farmer Randy Eitzen and 72 other wind farm opponents. They claim the county’s approval of a conditional use permit for the wind farm “was unreasonable and therefore void.” “While two members of the Board of County Commissioners of Marion County voted . . . Complete story »


September 24, 2019 • Illinois, KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Man who lived in footprint of wind farm shares his experiences

OSWEGO – Mel Hass of rural Oswego shared his experience with wind farms with Labette County commissioners on Monday. He spoke an hour about living within the footprint of a 126-turbine wind farm in DeKalb County, Illinois, and his advocacy for laws that protect property owners, especially those who did not lease acreage to wind farm developers. Hass said if or when these developers come to Labette County he would like county commissioners to have wind farm regulations in place so . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County approves moratorium ‘to slow the process down’

ERIE – Neosho County Commissioners approved a moratorium on wind energy Thursday evening, but tussled about social media. The moratorium and some portions of the meeting took place in front of about two dozen spectators. The resolution passed unanimously and allows construction of the current Neosho Ridge Wind electric generation project, but blocks anything beyond its 139 windmills to generate 300 megawatts. Commission Chair Gail Klaassen introduced the resolution last week, and faced questions Thursday from Commissioner Paul Westhoff. “As . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • Kansas, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

A blustery response

The average reader of the Hillsboro Star-Journal of Sept. 11 would look at the headline, “County wind powers state fair” and might think, “wow, that’s great. Boy, these wind turbines are really worthwhile.” However, although the article may be mostly straight forward information, the headline is at the least misleading, and at the worst, flat-out deceptive. The average reader may read the headline and a line or two before turning the page. But a careful reading makes the reader go, . . . Complete story »


September 16, 2019 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Open houses planned for Southwest Missouri wind project

Two open houses are planned this week for a portion of a 600-megawatt wind project to be built in Southwest Missouri. “(Attendees) can learn more about a wind farm, what the construction phase is like, just get some questions answered,” said Timberly Ross, spokesperson for Tenaska, the company constructing the turbines. Liberty Utilities-Empire District this summer received the needed regulatory approval to go forward with the project, which was announced in 2017. The project represents an investment of more than . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

More discussion, no decision on wind project moratorium

ERIE – A proposed moratorium on wind power development failed again at Thursday’s Neosho County Commission meeting, and the wind discussion also spilled into the budget hearing. This time, the moratorium was proposed by Commission Chair Gail Klaassen. The motion died without a second once again, although Commissioner Paul Westhoff has previously proposed a moratorium multiple times. Klaassen’s proposal would have covered the entire county for one year after passage and would have exempted the Neosho Ridge Wind project currently . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Man to talk to county about wind farms

OSWEGO – Labette County commissioners later this month will hear concerns from a rural Oswego man concerned about site placement for wind farms, especially if they get developed in Labette County. Mel Hass visited with county commissioners Monday during the public comment period. Hass also spoke to the Parsons Planning Commission in August about its potential regulation of wind farms in the 3-mile area around Parsons. Planners agreed to restrict wind turbines in the area to 200 feet tall, which would . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

First hearing scheduled in Pretty Prairie Wind lawsuit

A Reno County judge has finally scheduled a hearing in the lawsuit filed in July by NextEra Energy and some 69 landowners challenging the denial of a conditional-use permit for a proposed wind farm in the southeast quadrant of Reno County. The hearing, set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 before District Judge Tim Chambers, however, is just to determine whether 18 landowners who filed protest petitions against the Pretty Prairie Wind permit can join the lawsuit as defendants. Attorneys for . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Planners recommend wind farm ban near city

The public will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed ban of commercial wind turbines in the area surrounding Parsons during an Oct. 15 public hearing. The Parsons Planning Commission voted 5-1 in a special meeting Thursday evening to recommend the city commission approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would limit the height of wind turbines to 200 feet, including blade length, in the extraterritorial area. The planners didn’t want an outright ban of all turbines . . . Complete story »


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