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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.

May 21, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Northwest Missouri wind-power projects a boon to some, a bane to others

The public divide over wind farms starts with the term itself. Atchison County in the northwest corner of Missouri is home to what, thus far, is the largest wind-power project in the state. A landowner and a business leader see the wind turbines as bright, white, spinning beacons of hope for a sparsely populated area, struggling with economic development. In Dekalb County, less than 100 miles to the southeast, there are those who reject the term “wind farm.” The turbines . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Ameren Missouri seeks to build wind farm in Atchinson County

Ameren Missouri filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking permission to construct and own an 299-megawatt wind farm in Atchinson County. Another company plans to build the wind farm and Ameren plans to purchase the wind farm once it is complete, according to a news release from the Missouri Public Service Commission. Applications to intervene in the case must be sent to the the Missouri Public Service Commission by May 25. Complete story »

May 1, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Boone County Planning and Zoning begins consideration of wind farms

The Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission is looking to create zoning regulations for future wind farms, though no decisions have been made to allow one in northwest Boone County. The Energy & Environment Commission met with the Planning & Zoning Commission during a work session Tuesday to discuss the future of regulating wind farms in the county. E.ON Climate & Renewables is looking to develop a roughly 30,000-acre wind farm near Harrisburg, according to previous Missourian reporting. The Planning . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition group attends Boone County work session on wind farm regulations

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Members of a group that calls itself the “Concerned Citizens of Boone County, Mo.” were some of those who attended a Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday ngiht to discuss wind farm regulations. The conversations about regulations comes as E.ON Climate and Renewables is looking into the possibility of building a wind turbine farm in Harrisburg. This would include individual leases with landowners in order to build turbines on their property. One focus of the . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Potential wind project forces local government to act

COLUMBIA- A proposed wind project in Harrisburg is now getting the local government involved. The Boone County planning and zoning commission discussed definitions Wednesday related to wind turbines ahead of any applications for projects in the area. “When you have an application in hand and you don’t have standards, you’re trying to formulate applications on the fly, that’s not a good way,” director of resource management Stan Shawver said. “People like to know what’s expected of them.” Nirtana Susan Goodman . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2019 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers should pull plug on this power play

Backers of the Clean Line Energy project have plenty of things going for them. You might even say the wind is at their backs. Investors poured more than $100 million into the ambitious private development to carry wind energy from the Great Plains to the nation’s population centers. In Missouri, former Gov. Jay Nixon provided legal counsel for the company’s Grain Belt Express project, which would bring high-powered transmission lines across Buchanan County and other parts of northern Missouri. What . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine project advancing in Barry County

A major push to secure property to build approximately 100 wind turbines for energy production in Barry County appears to be close to completion. The Chicago-based firm Invenergy, which calls itself North America’s largest independent renewable power generation company, has had representatives in the Monett area last week talking to property owners about land deals. Paul Sergent, a private contractor signing landowners to leases, has reportedly stated Invenergy has secured contracts to build on approximately 30,000 acres of land in . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation’s largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The House vote targets a $2.3 billion project that would carry electricity generated by Kansas windmills on a 780-mile (1,255-kilometer) path across rural Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana serving eastern states. The project’s private developers say it has the . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

House approves bill restricting Grain Belt project

JEFFERSON CITY – A bill seeking to limit the use of eminent domain and block a major wind energy transmission line project won first-round approval Tuesday in the Missouri House of Representatives. Several state officials voiced their support for the bill at a rally held at the state capitol Tuesday afternoon, including Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and State Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, who sponsored the bill. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line – an approximately 780-mile overhead, . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri House gives initial approval to Grain Belt–related legislation

Legislation aimed at the proposed Grain Belt project in northern Missouri was given initial approval by the Missouri House in Jefferson City on Tuesday afternoon. The bill from State Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, says no private entity has the power of eminent domain for the purposes of building above-ground merchant lines. The Missouri House approved Hansen’s House Bill 1062 in a voice vote, after about 70 minutes of floor debate. It needs one more House vote, before it would move . . . Complete story »

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