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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.

January 20, 2019 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Billion-dollar wind farm focus of public hearing

The public will get a chance this week to weigh in on the Liberty Utilities-Empire District proposed 600-megawatt wind farm for Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. The Missouri Public Service Commission has scheduled a local public hearing on the issue for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. Members of the PSC staff as well as representatives from the utility will be on hand to answer questions about the plan, and . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm could come to Buchanan County

A Florida-based wind company is signaling its interest in a potential wind farm in Buchanan County, but before any turbines are constructed the community will have a chance to be heard. Officials from NextEra Energy attended a recent Buchanan County Planning and Zoning meeting to discuss the project. They said they think 2.8-megawatt turbines could work in certain areas but will be working on a wind-flow chart to confirm that. “It’s an interesting proposition, and we don’t know for sure . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2018 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Half of utility’s wind generation to take place in SE Kansas

Liberty Utilities-Empire District has settled on the areas where the utility will build some of its planned wind energy generation turbines. According to an announcement from the Missouri Public Service Commission, Liberty-Empire is seeking to generate 300 megawatts of energy in Neosho County, Kansas, and another 300 in Jasper, Dade, Barton and Lawrence counties in Missouri. Up to this point, the company had said that it planned to have the turbines built in the Four-State Area, but had not specified . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri regulators reconsider massive wind energy project after high court order

The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding hearings in Jefferson City this week to determine if a massive wind energy project will move forward. In July, the state Supreme Court ordered the Commission to reconsider the Clean Line Energy Grain Belt Express project it had previously rejected. The proposal calls for a high voltage transmission power line to be built from wind farms near Dodge City in southwestern Kansas, across northern Missouri, and through Illinois to the Indiana border. . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project to go back in front of Public Safety Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Clean Line Energy officials will go back to the Public Safety Commission for the second day Tuesday to discuss the Grain Belt Express. Grain Belt Express is a direct current transmission line that will deliver wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. It would stretch about 780 miles overhead. The transmission line would cut across the state of Missouri, including a few counties in mid-Missouri. Clean Line . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County greenlights north Nodaway wind farm

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Nodaway County Commission on Tuesday ratified two resolutions that will pave the way for a new wind farm in northern Nodaway County currently under development by the Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska corporation. If operational as planned in 2020, the installation will constitute the county’s third wind-energy development, alongside Tradewind Energy’s White Cloud Wind Project in southwest Nodaway and the existing Conception Wind Farm east of Maryville, which was built a decade ago by Wind Capital Group. About 30 . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

PSC sets hearing for proposed Ameren wind farm

The Missouri Public Service Commission has scheduled a Monday, Jan. 14, local public hearing in a case filed by Ameren Missouri, which seeks to construct a wind generation facility in Atchison County. A PSC staff public information/question-and-answer session is planned for noon at the University Extension office, located at 201 E. U.S. Highway 136 in Rock Port, Missouri. The commission will take formal testimony from the public after the session. The utility wants to build and operate an approximately 157-megawatt . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Two new wind towers further divide community in northwest Missouri

DEKALB COUNTY, Mo. – Another dramatic chapter is unfolding in a nearly two-year fight over wind turbines in northwest Missouri. NextEra Energy has constructed two meteorological evaluation towers, or met towers, to measure wind speed on properties in Washington Township in DeKalb County. However, the township’s board president and other neighbors believe NextEra constructed those towers illegally. “I’m not sure what their intention is,” said Board President Martin Zimmerman. “They know we’re zoned.” Zimmerman said no special use permit has been . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2018 • Illinois, Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Sale of Grain Belt Express transmission project boosts hopes for its completion

The sale of a planned long-distance transmission line project to a Chicago energy developer has left some customers more hopeful that it might someday deliver wind power from western Kansas to customers in the east. Clean Line Energy Partners announced Monday that it has agreed to sell all of its assets related to the 780-mile Grain Belt Express project to Invenergy, which builds, owns and operates energy projects in North America and Europe. The sale comes in advance of a . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Possible legislation being pursued to keep NEMO wind farm tax dollars local

Conversations are continuing for a massive wind farm planned for northeast Missouri. A group of different entities including the Adair County Commission, Schuyler County Commission, Schuyler County R-1 School District, Adair County Public Library and political officials and their representatives met Tuesday afternoon to discuss how taxes will be assessed. In May, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the High Prairie Wind Farm, which would be the largest facility of its kind in the state. Should the project . . . Complete story »

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