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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.

July 19, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers, clean energy proponents clash after court rules on wind energy project

JEFFERSON CITY – Different sides reacted Wednesday to the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of a wind energy project. In a unanimous decision, the Missouri Supreme Court sent the case involving the Grain Belt Express back to the Public Service Commission. The commission denied the project permission to move forward in 2017, saying the plan needed approval from the counties it cut through before continuing. Leslie Holloway, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Missouri Farm Bureau, said the . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • Iowa, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm being planned for Davis County

Bloomfield’s solar tracking system – the largest in Iowa – is now providing approximately 10 percent of the city’s energy and generating interest around the state in this community’s efforts to produce clean, affordable and renewable energy. Statewide onlookers are likely to keep their attention focused on Davis County’s accomplishments as a wind energy project is currently in the feasibility stage of development for southwestern Davis County, southeastern Appanoose County, and northern Schuyler County in Missouri. Nick Schuler of Tradewind Energy, which . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Mo. Supreme Court lights way forward for Grain Belt Express energy line

A unanimous decision by the judges now sends the Grain Belt Express project back to Missouri’s energy regulatory body “to determine whether Grain Belt’s proposed utility project is necessary or convenient for the public service.” *Editor’s Note: This story will be updated. The Missouri Supreme Court said the state’s Public Service Commission did not have the authority to deny approval for a controversial wind energy that could cross north Missouri – giving a jolt to the stalled project. A unanimous decision . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri Supreme Court clears obstacle blocking Grain Belt Express

The Grain Belt Express, a long-delayed power line project that would connect the Eastern power grid to wind farms in western Kansas, cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a regulatory obstacle in its path. The $2.2 billion project would span four states and 780 miles. It would run from western Kansas, which some call the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” across Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, where it would connect to the Eastern power grid. . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

PSC ruling allows Empire to go for forward with wind energy plan

Saying that Liberty Utilities-Empire District has proven its case, the Missouri Public Service Commission today ruled that it can for forward with its modified wind energy generation plan. Empire’s original proposal called for a $1.5 billion project that would add hundreds of wind turbines in the region and generate 800 megwatts of wind energy – more than triple its previous levels – and close its coal-fired plant in Asbury more than 15 years early. Throughout the course of negotiations, though, the utility . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Empire can now move forward with wind energy program

The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 5-0 today to allow Liberty Utilities – Empire District Electric to move forward with various regulatory measures to add wind energy to its sources of power. In October of 2017, Empire District filed with regulators to expand its wind energy resources. The company wanted an additional 800 megawatts of wind energy by the end of 2020. They also planned to close its coal-fired plant in Asbury. KOAM/FOX 14 has reached out to Empire District . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Empire says wind plan can still go forward; Utility had asked PSC for ruling by June 30

Liberty Utilities-Empire District had initially asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to make a ruling on its proposed wind energy generation plan by June 30, but the company says it anticipates an answer from regulators in the coming weeks. That time frame, a company spokesperson said Thursday, will allow enough time for the project to go forward if it is approved. When Empire first unveiled its plans to create hundreds of megawatts of electrical power with wind turbines in the . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Open house held for proposed wind farm

Northeast Missouri residents crowded into the Schuyler County School District multipurpose room Tuesday, anxious to learn about a proposed wind farm that project leaders say would be transformative for local communities. The High Prairie Wind Farm is a 400-megawatt wind farm proposed for Schuyler and Adair counties. The project calls for 175 turbines to be constructed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC. The project will have the capacity to power 120,000 homes. Once complete, the wind farm will be acquired . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

DeKalb County wind session cancelled

A community session for a discussion of wind farms in DeKalb County on Friday has been canceled. Officials with the University of Missouri Extension said a lack of interest forced the decision, along with a change of direction in obtaining public feedback. A team from University Extension has created a survey to gather opinions on wind farms from DeKalb County residents. The survey will be available in the next several days via the MU extension website, with a link provided . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2018 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Rural residents: Be heard on wind

More than a decade after Northwest Missouri became home to its first wind farms, University of Missouri Extension is proposing to do the difficult: get opponents and supporters to talk. In truth, these folks – many of whom share fence lines across the rural landscape – don’t have to talk to one another and may not want to. But all are invited to offer their views at three public meetings where both sides of the contentious debate about wind farm development will . . . Complete story »

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