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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.

March 27, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

During pandemic, Grain Belt surveyors showed up

A Missouri farm organization is calling out an energy company for sending its representatives to meet with landowners during the COVID-19 crisis. Missouri Farm Bureau received multiple reports that employees of Chicago-based Invenergy, the company behind the high-voltage Grain Belt Express power line, were holding in-person meetings with landowners last week at a time when Missourians were encouraged to practice social distancing. A Farm Bureau news release from last Sunday, March 22, said that landowners were visited over the past . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County commissioners ban commercial wind energy

The Buchanan County Commission approved and adopted a recommendation from the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission to incorporate a total commercial wind energy ban Thursday. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a work session on Feb. 19 and recommended the total ban by a vote of 8-4. The commissioners stated five notes in the order. The notes are as follows: 1Not a single member of the public testified at the public hearings in favor of allowing commercial wind-energy projects within . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms continue to develop in Nodaway County, Tenaska to operate summer 2020

With three wind farms continuing to build and operate on the outskirts of Maryville, citizens who bought into the idea of clean energy are now asking if their electric bills will reflect the county’s efforts toward sustainable energy. Three wind farm projects have been approved in Nodaway and Atchison County. Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center and White Cloud Wind Project will operate in Nodaway County, while Avangrid Renewables operates in Atchison. As construction heads toward finalization at Tenaska, homeowners in . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on wind turbines in Buchanan County should be made in several weeks

A decision will be coming in “weeks” regarding wind energy in Buchanan County. County commissioners said they are looking at the legality of the proposal and gathering information before making a decision. They said they understand people are looking for a swift decision, but the unprecedented nature of the proposal is the reason the process could take a few weeks moving forward. Commissioners said the decision should take several weeks, not several months. The Planning and Zoning Commission presented a . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2020 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Communities must consider health risks of wind turbines

Last year, the Madison County Board of Health in Iowa determined “that there is the potential for negative health effects associated with commercial wind turbines and that current setbacks are inadequate to protect the public health” and recommended “a one and one-half (1½) mile setback from non-participating residences for future wind turbine projects.” I contacted the Board of Health to find out the basis for this resolution. It sent me nearly 90 documents that it had reviewed in making this . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

A clear statement on wind

A wind turbine is a relatively straightforward concept. Energy from the wind turns three propeller-type blades around a rotor, which is connected to a main shaft. Inside that shaft, a generator spins to create electricity. That’s how the U.S. Energy Department describes it. Things get more complicated from there, not so much from the engineering aspects but with the politics surrounding wind energy, especially at the local level. Depending on who you talk to, wind power either saves the planet . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Farms would unfairly suffer under wind turbines

Regarding the guest column by Blake Hurst “Proposed wind-power transmission line threatens our property rights” (Feb. 19): The Clean Line Grain Belt Express may permanently scar farmland across eight northern Missouri counties. In Randolph and Chariton counties, signs posted on roadways declare, “No Eminent Domain for Private Gain.” The message prompts the observation that is missing in Post-Dispatch articles is an exposé of investors, including ones out of state, standing to line their pockets heavily through development and proposed continuous . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and zoning looking out for county

The Planning and Zoning Commission sent a clear message to the Buchanan County Commission last week when it voted 8-4 to ban commercial wind development in Buchanan County. The vote followed 13 months of studies, public hearings and a citizen’s campaign against allowing wind power plants into the county. Friends of Buchanan County argued that wind power plants would not be a good fit in this densely populated area and should be banned. The group gathered more than 700 signatures . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County wind energy in the hands of Commissioners

The Buchanan County Commission will be reviewing a proposal for a total commercial ban on wind energy. The ban was proposed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday night. Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer said that the commissioners have three options: to pass the proposal, deny the proposal or provide comments and suggestions and send the proposal back to planning and zoning. Sawyer said as of now there is not a strict timeline on when the commissioners will act on . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri county is a step closer to banning wind energy projects

Members of the Buchanan County Planning and Zoning Commission in northwest Missouri have gone beyond proposing regulations for wind farms in the county. The commission, instead, has proposed banning wind farms in Buchanan County altogether. The commission, meeting to discuss proposed regulations for commercial wind energy development, voted 8 to 4 to ban wind turbines. Its recommendation now goes to the Buchanan County Commission to consider. The vote comes after 13 months of study which included hiring a consultant to . . . Complete story »

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