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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 11, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission: Impossible? Logistics, bureaucracy choke wind power plan

Experts say that building wind farms is the easy part. Far bigger complications arise when it comes to building transmission to distribute the energy produced – challenges that are on full display in Missouri. With western-neighbor Plains states teeming with wind energy, and lots of demand for that power in population centers farther east, Missouri straddles a bit of a geographic crossroads with transmission in mind. Physically linking that supply with demand is never simple thanks to both logistics and bureaucracy – . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators question Empire wind plan

Officials with the Missouri Public Service Commission staff and the Office of Public Counsel are skeptical of the Empire District Electric Co.’s proposed $1.5 billion plan to generate 800 megawatts of electricity with a wind farm, according to testimony filed in the case this week. In documents filed with the PSC, regulators from both organizations expressed concerns about the amount of money the company says it can save its customers by retiring its Asbury coal plant more than 15 years . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Empire’s wind plan well-received at public hearing; Majority of testimony supports plan despite concern for rates

Despite concerns about the early retirement of a coal-fired power plant, impact on rates, and effects on migratory birds and other wildlife, the reaction at a Thursday night public hearing on the Empire District Electric Co.’s plan to more than triple the amount of power it gets from wind was overwhelmingly supportive. Of the 15 individuals to give testimony at the hearing, which was held in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University and attended by an estimated . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Grundy County Commission meets with NextEra Energy to discuss possible wind farm

Three representatives from NextEra Energy met with the Grundy County Commission Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible wind farm project in the area. The representatives said meteorological towers will be placed in the county, which will give information on the output of wind capacity. They noted multiple studies still need to be done before a project would be started. The NextEra representatives said the company prefers to locate in rural areas and try to keep off of urban areas. They . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy continues to gain foothold in region

Amid the dawn of a new year, wind energy supporters in Northwest Missouri are basking in the momentum of an industry that shows no signs of abatement. One of those prime examples is a Nodaway County project now under development by Nebraska-based Tenaska. The energy firm plans to build a wind farm there that is anticipated to begin producing power in the next three years. Eric Chamberlain is one of the region’s residents who has been heavily involved in luring . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • Michigan, Missouri, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Communities fight wind farms, face pushback

Communities that oppose wind farm developments through rule changes or referendums sometimes face deep-pocketed pushback from energy companies determined to build their projects. At least a dozen communities have faced legal challenges. Others have battled public-relations campaigns and lobbyists. Even some places that initially welcomed wind farms later found themselves locked in litigation with energy companies over financial or regulatory disputes. “It’s such a political game, and they are very powerful,” said Kim Spady, attorney for Hinton, Oklahoma, one of . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2017 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Grain Belt attorneys: Court’s decision was wrong

A Missouri Courts of Appeals is being asked to find a peer court’s decision involving an electric line project erroneous that subsequently was used to deny necessary permits for an even more controversial electric project – the Grain Belt Express. The first round of briefs filed on behalf of the embattled project were filed this week by attorneys for the prospective electric line in Missouri’s Eastern Court of Appeals. A key permit for the project, which would carry wind energy from . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Former Gov. Nixon leads legal challenge over denied wind transmission project

Led by former Gov. Jay Nixon, a St. Louis-based legal team representing developers of the Grain Belt Express transmission line have filed a brief challenging the multistate project’s recent denial by Missouri regulators. Clean Line Energy, the Houston-based company behind the project, had signaled after its latest rejection in August that an appeal would be imminent. Briefs outlining the company’s arguments were filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals, with Nixon, now a partner at . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2017 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Grain Belt Express developer seeks expedited decision by Missouri Supreme Court

The developer of a long-distance, high-voltage transmission line has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to rule on the project in the hope of achieving a faster resolution to the long-stymied project. Known as the Grain Belt Express, the 780-mile overhead line is designed to transport additional wind energy from western Kansas, across Missouri and Illinois to roughly the western border of Indiana. It would be capable of ferrying about 4,000 megawatts of power. The project is one of five developed . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2017 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Who will end up paying?

I have heard many times, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Frequently, offers are made to us that seem attractive. Often, the cost to us is not made known or is not easily understood. Recently, the DeKalb County sheriff warned the public to be cautious about various scammers contacting residents of the area. A large energy company has offered land owners attractive annual payments for the right to erect wind turbines on their property. There is little . . . Complete story »

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