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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.

November 11, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Friends of Buchanan County kick off

The public is invited to learn more about Friends of Buchanan County at a campaign kick off 6:30-7:30 p.m.,Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Bessie Ellison Elementary School, 45 SE 85th Road, St. Joseph, MO 64507. The newly formed citizen’s group is urging elected county officials to adopt zoning restrictions that would limit the harmful impact of industrial wind plants on St. Joseph and Buchanan County. The Buchanan County Commission is considering a wind energy zoning ordinance that would allow 60-story wind . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

KREDI holds town hall for residents to learn about High Prairie Wind Farm Project

Kirksville’s Regional Economic Development office held its annual town hall, opening its doors to the community to learn about on-going and upcoming projects. But this year’s focus is about informing the public about the High Prairie Wind Farm Project. “They’re going to start seeing construction and all kinds of traffic going on and so we’ve got some displays about our wind farm,” said Carolyn Chrisman, KREDI’s executive director. The displays are for the public to come in to see and . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Commission seeks road-use agreement for project

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Work is expected to begin about Nov. 1 on construction of a substation in northeast Jasper County as part of a $1 billion wind turbine project for Liberty Utilities-Empire District. In preparation, the company overseeing the project, Tenaska of Omaha, Nebraska, needs to modify public roads and build access roads around the project site in order to transport oversize building materials and equipment. Construction will require separate entrance and exit routes for traffic flow, the Jasper County Commission . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Jasper County Commission irons out more details on plans for wind farm

Plans to build a wind farm in Southwest Missouri are changing, which means the footprint for the wind farm is now final – with some sites moving from earlier plans. “November 1st, we will get started with North Fork Ridge,” explained Jasper County Commissioner John Bartosh. It’s the first phase of wind farm construction. The wind turbines will generally locate in the southwest region of Barton County. Jasper County will see some heavy traffic for access roads. John Bartosh, Jasper . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri county slowly moves toward wind farm regulations

Buchanan County commissioners in northwest Missouri are working toward enacting regulations for wind energy, which has become a controversial issue for county residents. No wind farm has located in Buchanan County, but some companies have shown interest. Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer sees a need for regulations. “Here’s what we’re trying to do. As it stands now, we have absolutely no regulations whatsoever for any type of wind energy,” Sawyer says. “So, what we’re trying to do, and we’ve hired an . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Potential wind farm leaves northern Boone community divided

The possible development of industrial wind turbines in northern Boone County has left landowners debating whether to support the cause. E.ON Climate & Renewables is looking to generate electricity with these turbines on land they would rent from local residents. The farm could encompass up to 20,000 acres, according to previous Missourian reporting. A second neighborhood meeting Sunday at Harrisburg High School continued the conversation that began in February when landowners were first contacted. Both advocates and opponents attended. Those . . . 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 12, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County panel to consider wind farm tour

Members of a Buchanan County Planning and Zoning group decided Wednesday that touring a working wind farm could assist in creating an ordinance to govern local turbines. The panel met at the courthouse to consider answers to questions, plus revisions, to a proposed ordinance for a potential commercial wind energy project. NextEra, a Florida-based company, has expressed interest in building a wind farm in the county. Before the hearing, a new group – Friends of Buchanan County – sought signatures for a . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Property question prompts latest challenge to Grain Belt Express

A Missouri landowners group is challenging state regulators’ conclusion that a transmission developer meets the definition of a public utility. The appeal by the Missouri Landowners Association hinges on whether cash and easements should satisfy a requirement that companies own property in the state. It’s the latest legal hurdle for the long-embattled transmission project. If built, the Grain Belt Express would move as much as 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t become ‘America the ugly’

We live in Buchanan County. And we don’t want the turbines. My husband and I drove to Colorado in June. What a beautiful scenic drive until we traveled through Kansas and entered Colorado Springs. That’s when it all starts with miles and miles of wind turbines that ruin the beautiful landscape. It is just sickening to see this happen. This wind turbine thing should be stopped before it really turns more of our states into an ugly mess. It’s sad . . . Complete story »

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