Wind Power News: Missouri
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
In a story News Talk KZRG brought you first, Empire-Liberty Utilities has filed a proposal with the Missouri Public Service Commission to close the Asbury plant by April 2019, affecting 55 employees. Empire-Liberty Utilities is a subsidiary of the Canadian owned Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation that is heavily reliant on renewable energy. They’re also asking for approval to install wind farms across southwest Missouri at a cost of $1.5 billion dollars, while also receiving $800 million dollars in tax . . .
Empire District Electric Co. on Tuesday filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission to more than triple the amount of energy it gets from wind for power generation, continuing the company’s – and the industry’s – move away from coal-fired power. Empire’s filing requests permission for a $1.5 billion project to construct wind turbines in Southwest Missouri and eventually close its Asbury power plant. The company plans to pursue an equity partnership that would take advantage of $800 million in . . .
I recently traveled to an event at Rockbridge Trout Farm. I was fortunate to have friends living nearby to stay with. While there, I met their niece. She had just been hired at Rockbridge as a rental property manager. She expressed not only her surprise in being hired at the end of the tourist season, but also how impressed she was with the business and how well they cared for their employees. The business has been developed over several generations, . . .
Wind-generated electric power may come to Monroe County. So said an electric power company to the Monroe County Commission on Friday. However, the plans are preliminary, with at least three to five years needed for development and the cooperation of enough landowners to develop a wind farm with enough capacity to make it affordable for developers. Mark Trumbalur from NextEra Energy Resources told the commission that the company is exploring placing a wind-farm capable of generating between 100 t0 200 . . .
Ameren Missouri’s plans to spend a billion dollars on wind energy could mean a change to the outstate Missouri landscape. Vice President of Generation Resource Planning Ajay Arora explains the best place to build a sea of wind turbines will have “open land, good wind speeds, next to a transmission line.” If you’ve driven I-70 west through Kansas, you’ve seen the wind turbines that dot the landscape. Arora says that could become the case in Missouri too, but some could . . .
On Aug. 15, the Missouri Public Service Commission denied Clean Line Energy Partner’s proposed power line, the “Grain Belt Express,” that would carry wind power via high-voltage power lines across the state. This denial marks the second rejection in just two years. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was quick to praise the PSC decision. “While we are very pleased with the Public Service Commission’s decision, we know this fight isn’t over,” said MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering. “We will continue . . .
Recently, a newspaper in Falmouth, Massachusetts, reported a decision by a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge in a case where he granted relief after listening to the arguments that operation of two wind turbines constituted a nuisance. While several other lawsuits involving “complaints of excessive noise, harmful health effects, drops in property values and officials failing to follow proper rules as they allowed projects to move forward” have been reported and would make interesting reading to your readers, Judge Moriarity II . . .
The Missouri Landowners Alliance is the project’s main opponent and also has filed for a rehearing, saying its purpose is to seek to safeguard the decision. Jennifer Gatrel, a spokeswoman for Block Grain Belt Express, another opponent, said her organization maintains confidence in its stance. “They now know they have to get county approval per state law that has been enforced for decades,” Gatrel said. “Many transmission lines have been built in our state with the law in effect. We think their PR (public relations) efforts are wasted ... as public opinion is hugely against them because they treated the landowners like garbage for years.”