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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.

July 1, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Limited countywide zoning still on the horizon

The Reno County Planning Commission will take up discussion of creating limited countywide zoning to address potential future commercial wind and solar developments, officials said this week. It just may be a while. Residents living near land leased by wind developers expressed appreciation for the commitment, but said that the delay leaves them unsettled. Particularly since a majority of the Reno County Commission said they would not impose a moratorium on energy conversion system development. Bush offers limited direction Reno . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

‘A landmark case’: After Kansas residents stop wind farm, is more resistance ahead?

When Jim Warta looks out on his Ellsworth County pasture, he sees 11 towering wind turbines – and money. “It’s good for the county, it’s good for the state, it’s good for America,” says the 77-year-old farmer, who built a new house with wind money. When Matt Amos looks out at the land near his Reno County home, he sees peaceful countryside. And he wants to keep it that way. “We’re just trying to protect our property rights, our property values . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project thrown in doubt

Any one county commissioner can now kill a proposed wind farm. A protest petition against development of a proposed wind farm in the southern portion of Marion County was filed Monday with the county clerk’s office. If the 64-signature protest petition is validated, county clerk Tina Spencer said, state law would require a 3-0 vote of the commission to approve a conditional use permit. According to the law, if a protest petition is validated, a resolution adopting a conditional use . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners want wind farm overseers fired

It wouldn’t be a county commission meeting without heated discussion of wind farms and roads. Monday, the topics combined when Enel Green Power’s David Mueller presented letters from 26 of Enel’s Diamond Vista wind farm property owners asking the county to fire the firm overseeing Enel’s compliance with road reconstruction standards. “They’re mad,” Mueller said. “They’re very, very upset.” After lengthy discussion, the issue appeared be that some landowners thought they were being forced to use only designated roads to . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm impacts on county roads discussed by commission

The Marion County Commission heard from Dave Mueller, who represents landowners leasing ground to Enel Green Power-Diamond Vista for its wind turbine project, but at Monday’s meeting, he wants the commission to remove Kirkham Michael as the county’s road consultant. “As the role of representing landowners, I handle their concerns and their issues, and their biggest issue through this entire project has been dealing with the road consultant,” Mueller said. “And, they are mad.” He provided the commissioners with 26 . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Liberty-Empire gets go-ahead for wind project

Construction will begin this fall on a 600-megawatt wind project in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas, following approval of the plan by the Missouri Public Service Commission. Liberty Utilities-Empire District announced Thursday that it has received the needed regulatory approval to go forward with the project, representing an investment of more than $1 billion. The turbines will be split among two spots in Southwest Missouri and a third location in Southeast Kansas. The two sites in Missouri, which will generate . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Permit granted for wind farm despite protest

The Marion County Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals recommended a conditional use permit in the south-central part of the county for Wind Expedition-National Renewable Solutions, but with many opposing the permit. In the three-day hearing, which was June 3, 4, and 10, more than 60 people spoke, and of those 26 were in favor of the CUP with more than 35 opposing the project. The vote was 4-2 in favor with one abstention and one absent. Those in favor included . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Judge takes wind farm filings under advisement

A Geary County judge declined to hear arguments last week on a petition seeking a restraining order to prevent construction of a wind farm in the southern portion of the county. Opponents of the wind farm filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block construction from beginning on Expedition Wind Farm, being developed by National Renewable Solutions. The company last year purchased a wind farm development begun around 2010. District judge Steven Hornbaker on Friday told wind farm opponents they . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Commission rejects another call for wind moratorium

A couple of southeast Reno County residents renewed calls to county commissioners on Tuesday for a moratorium on commercial wind development. The residents, who live near the proposed NextEra Energy wind farm, asked officials to hold off on any new wind farms until they draft regulations to control such developments. Two of the three commissioners, however, voiced opposition to a moratorium, and the commission chairman denied a need to give the Reno County Planning Commission further direction on the issue. . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Kansas crop-duster lands safely after plane’s wing strikes wind tower

SEWARD COUNTY – A Kansas crop-duster was able to land a plane safely after an accident just before noon Monday in Seward County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1997 fixed wing single engine crop duster piloted by Craig L. Stratton, 61, Meade, was north bound near P Road and 4 Road crop-dusting a field. The right wing of the aircraft struck a windmill tower. The Aircraft impacted the ground and slid to a stop facing south. Stratton was not injured. . . . Complete story »

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