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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.

December 24, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Ameren takes ownership of newly built wind farm in northern Missouri — the state’s largest

ST. LOUIS – The electric utility Ameren announced Wednesday it now owns its first wind farm, the largest in Missouri. The newly constructed, 400-megawatt project comprises 175 turbines in Schuyler and Adair counties, near Kirksville, in northern Missouri. Ameren expects the facility to produce enough energy to power 120,000 homes in 2021. The High Prairie Renewable Energy Center marks the start of Ameren’s commitment to wind. A 300-megawatt project in northwest Missouri’s Atchison County is almost finished, and Ameren recently outlined . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms may force a new weather radar to be used in the future

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – On a relatively calm day, weather radars may show non-meteorological items like bugs, birds and wind turbines. However, as wind farms continue to pop up around the Heartland, this could cause meteorologists to have some headaches about what the strength of storms are. This is due to the current weather radar having to be mechanically rotated and tilted to sample different parts of the atmosphere. However, there is a new kind of weather radar called Multi-Function Phased Array . . . Complete story »

October 30, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Communities located near wind farms may see some subtle changes in their climates

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Recently, wind farms have been a major topic for communities in northeast Missouri. There is now a wind farm located in northern Adair County and southern Schuyler County. There is also plans for a wind farm to possibly be constructed in Knox County. However, meteorologists have conducted research over the past few years to determine if there are big changes in the climate for communities near wind farms. In particular, they have found that there are some subtle . . . Complete story »

October 28, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Determining the impact wind farms may have on weather radars

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The use of wind energy has taken major strides over the past few years. Ameren Missouri has even invested $8 billion into renewable energy over the next two decades. Its investments include the usage of wind, hydro and solar energy, all to have net-zero emissions by 2050. However, as wind farms like the one in northern Adair County and southern Schuyler County are constructed, they could influence what a weather radar shows. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rich Kinney with . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Section of wind turbine rolls in Jasper County

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A section of wind turbine en route to the King’s Point Wind Farm slipped off the edge of State Hwy N and rolled just before 9:00 AM Friday. When one of these is being transported it’s called a “Super Load” and they are most usually inspected and transported by Missouri State Highway Patrol. This section was being escorted eastbound from the Kansas state line when it rolled we are told. No one one injured. MoDOT tells us . . . Complete story »

October 11, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

German company leases 12,000 acres for planned wind farm near Harrisburg

Robert “Doc” Kinkead said he had all but forgotten about his agreement to lease some of his nearly 400 acres of land in northern Boone County for a potential wind farm until he got the first check for it. “We took the contract to a lawyer to get it looked over, doing what he called due diligence and all that,” he said. “The next thing I heard was a year later, we got this little dividend check and it was . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Boone County Commission candidate Q&A: Wind farm

Both associate Boone County commissioners face opponents in the Nov. 3 general election. Republican Tristan Asbury is challenging Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson, a Democrat seeking her third four-year term. Meanwhile, Democrat Justin Aldred is challenging Southern District Commissioner Fred Parry, a Republican running for a second term. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision, the Missourian sent each candidate a questionnaire asking for his or her thoughts on seven issues relevant to county government. A question . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2020 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Evergy’s high-wire act

Evergy Inc. faces major power transformations – in its executive ranks and in how it will produce the electricity that more than 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri count on. The Kansas City-based utility must find a new CEO to succeed Terry Bassham, who announced his retirement in late August. Bassham drove the $14 billion merger that formed Evergy and before that spent six years as CEO of predecessor Great Plains Energy Inc. In early August, the company rolled out . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm progress in Adair and Schuyler counties affecting roads and bridges

Adair and Schuyler Counties have seen changes over the last few months with windfarm turbines going up in the area. Construction of the turbines is ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Heavy loads of equipment and concrete have caused deterioration of routes in the area. Speed limits have been reduced on several routes and bridge weight postings have been issued to help with the declining conditions of the roads. “We ask that drivers . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

High Prairie Wind Farm project progressing, damaged county roads to be repaired

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Wind turbines are dotting the horizon in northeast Missouri. The turbines are part of the High Prairie Wind Farm Project. When complete, the project will have 175 wind turbines, built on land in Adair and Schuyler counties. In mid-2018, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm. Due to the heavy equipment being transported on area roads for this project, some of those roads are now being damaged. Terra-Gen previously worked out an agreement with . . . Complete story »

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