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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 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 23, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Could a wind farm be located over the Equus Beds?

Gina Bell, director of the Harvey County Planning and Zoning Department, brought forth a concern Sept. 21 with a wind farm that is being considered for Harvey County. Bell notified The Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2, what was referred to as GMD2 in the commission, that the wind energy project may be considering construction over the Equus Beds. “You really need to think about the water and the safety of the water supply,” Bell said. “… We want . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Reno Commission approves moratorium on wind, to consider development ban in zoned areas

The Reno County Commission agreed in a surprise move Tuesday to issue a moratorium on the development of commercial wind farms in Reno County through the end of the year and look at banning them in the zoned areas of the county. In a pair of motions Commission Chairman Ron Hirst introduced, the board also directed the county planning commission and planning staff to draft regulations creating an overlay zone to regulate wind development in unzoned parts of the county. . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Harvey County could be site of wind farm

A wind energy farm could be coming to Harvey County – though the project is, at this time, in its very early stages. Fiona Bagwell. Renewable energy officer for NextEra Energy, approached the Harvey County Commission on Tuesday to inform them the company is beginning analysis of Harvey County. “We are looking at an opportunity for a wind project in Harvey County,” Bagwell said. The size, scope and location of the project are not known. “Wind and solar projects of this . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County commissioner faces recall in Kansas wind-farm battle

A battle over a proposed southeast Kansas wind farm has a Labette County commissioner fighting for his job. His determined opponents may have accomplished the rare feat of getting legal permission and gathering enough signatures to put a recall to a vote. The technical justification that gives proponents a foot in the recall door is a minor violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. But the underlying reason was an off-agenda item at a meeting in April, where two of . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Cherokee County panel adopts 1-year wind farm moratorium

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Cherokee County Commission members on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution that establishes a one-year moratorium on wind energy development inside of county limits, saying they want additional information on such operations. “I believe we, as a commission, deserve the time and the right to fact-find,” said Commissioner Lorie Johnson, of District 2. The resolution establishes a moratorium and suspends certain types of improvements regarding wind energy on any land within the limits of Cherokee County for one year, . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Commission will discuss windmills

Following a special meeting on Thursday to discuss how to handle an anticipated invasion of wind farms into Southeast Kansas. The County Commissioners have set aside a one-hour executive session at 10 a.m. on their Monday agenda to discuss the matter with the County Counselor. Ṫhey have also scheduled at 11 a.m. a discussion on a possible moratorium or zoning regulation on the wind farms. To access content, please login or purchase a subscription. [rest of article available at source] Complete story »

August 27, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Cherokee County Commissioners reject wind turbine proposal

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kans. – Wind turbines won’t be coming to Cherokee County anytime soon. At least not if county commissioners have a say in the matter. And they do. A company out of Texas has reached out to the county to gauge interest in leasing land, which would house the turbines. A special meeting was held Thursday morning between commissioners, residents and representatives from the company – RWE in America. They were also joined by Labette and Neosho county commissioners, who voiced . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind hearing set for Wednesday

A public hearing will be held Wednesday evening to consider changing regulations for wind energy in Gage County. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the boardroom on the second floor of the Gage County Courthouse before the Board of Supervisors. A public hearing was previously held by the Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended changes to the County Board. Wednesday’s hearing will likely be the last public hearing before the board votes to approve or . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Labette County woman seeks to use initiative process to impose wind regs

In Reno County, a protest petition managed to stop the construction of an industrial wind generation facility, but a Labette County woman is hoping to use the initiative process to set wind farm regulations in her county.  Mound Valley resident Debbie Cramer says she’s not opposed to wind power but is concerned about the overall lack of regulation in the State of Kansas. Senator Mike Thompson (R-Shawnee) has proposed legislation – SB279 – to correct the situation but has been reluctant to . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Reno County wind farm blocked, lawsuit under way

At least one potential wind project in Kansas has been stopped – at least for now. A petition circulated in Reno County last year blocked the issuance of a permit to the company seeking to develop an industrial wind generation facility near Pretty Prairie. The petition required a unanimous vote of the Reno County Commission to move the permit forward, and with a 2-1 vote, effectively killed the permit for the facility. The wind company – Pretty Prairie Wind LLC, a subsidiary . . . Complete story »

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