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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.

September 11, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Effort ongoing to keep wind farm taxes local

Adair and Schuyler county stakeholders met Monday to consider a strategy that would keep the tax benefits of a proposed wind farm in the two counties, rather than distributing it across the state. The meeting was facilitated by K-REDI Executive Director Carolyn Chrisman and attended by representatives from the Adair and Schuyler county commissions, the Adair and Schuyler school districts, Ameren Missouri, Terra Gen, and Rep. Sam Graves’ office, along with Republican county commissioner candidate Mark Shahan and Republican state . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

MU continues work on wind energy guide

A DeKalb County meeting has helped University of Missouri researchers set guideposts for future wind energy and economic development projects in the state. University Extension held the session earlier this week in Maysville, a two-hour-plus gathering that allowed the 65 participants to collect into small groups for discussion of wind-related issues. DeKalb County is the home of several wind farms, including one built by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources that created a still-simmering firestorm of controversy. Extension personnel and students in . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Community expresses hopes, concerns at hearing on proposed wind farm

Members of the Missouri Public Service Commission heard from members of the public on the possible positives and pitfalls of a proposal to bring a wind farm to Adair and Schuyler counties at a meeting Tuesday in Schuyler County’s elementary school. To move forward, the project will need approval from the Pubic Service Commission, an independent body that evaluates utility requests. If constructed, the site, called the High Prairie wind farm, would be the largest such location in Missouri. Some . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2018 • Blogs, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri to allow state’s third largest regulated utility to move aggressively toward wind power

The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has given initial approval for the state’s third-largest regulated utility, Empire District, to build a major wind farm to generate power. In a statement, the PSC said, “the Commission has granted Empire certain accounting and depreciation treatment related to the CSP (Empire’s proposal known as it’s “Customer Savings Plan”)as well as a variance from the Commission’s affiliate transaction rule.” Joplin based Empire will have to make another presentation before the commission before being granted . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Grain Belt opponents have more setbacks

Opponents of Grain Belt Express experienced a set of legal setbacks on Tuesday. First, the Missouri Supreme Court refused to reconsider a July 17 decision overturning the Missouri Public Service Commission’s rejection of the Grain Belt project for Missouri, sending the case back to the commission to be reconsidered. Grain Belt wants to build electric lines to transmit solar-generated power from western Kansas across Missouri and three other states to reach East Coast utilities. Meanwhile, judges of the Western District . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • Iowa, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm could be operational in 2020; Company says 49,000 acres secured

Within two years, upwards of 150 wind turbines may be spinning across portions of Appanoose, Davis and Schuyler Counties. Nick Schuler, development manager at Tradewind Energy Inc., told county officials Monday the company is aggressively pursuing a wind farm and it could be operational by the end of the year 2020. Roughly 49,000 acres of land have already been secured for the project, with another 15,000 acres in the works. The wind farm would be located in eastern Appanoose County . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court rules statute of limitations expired in Grain Belt case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that a group suing Grain Belt Express and the Monroe County Commission did not file its lawsuit alleging Sunshine Law violations in time. The Missouri Landowners Alliance and Marilyn O’Bannon filed a lawsuit on July 28, 2014, to overturn permission the Monroe County Commission granted to Grain Belt Express for a high-voltage electric transmission line to go through the county. In the suit, the alliance alleges the commission violated the . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Downtown revitalization finally moving forward

The wind farm project has drawn some controversy since it was announced that upon completion, the facility will be sold to Ameren Missouri. As a utility company, Ameren’s taxes will be distributed evenly throughout the state of Missouri, rather than predominatingly benefitting the counties of Schuyler and Adair. Complete story »

August 15, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Despite court ruling, Missouri counties vow to keep fighting transmission line

Officials in two Missouri counties said they plan to deny permits to the Grain Belt Express transmission project despite a state Supreme Court ruling last month that limited their authority to do so. The Missouri Supreme Court said in a July 17 ruling that it’s up to state regulators to judge the broader merits of transmission projects, and that local governments may only consider whether project meet certain safety standards when operating around public roads. The decision hasn’t swayed officials . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Session set to address questions on wind energy concerns

Residents of DeKalb County have an opportunity this month to voice their questions and concerns on wind farms, including one that now stands in their rural neighborhood. The University of Missouri Extension is sponsoring a Tuesday, Aug. 28, community listening session for county residents on wind farm developments. The session had been scheduled for late June but was canceled after extension officials determined there was a lack of interest and need for a review of obtaining public feedback. A similar . . . Complete story »

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