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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


January 24, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines on the horizon for Audrain and Ralls counties

VANDALIA—It looks like wind power may be coming to Audrain County as soon as 2022. Tenaska, an energy-based company out of Omaha, Neb., last week opened a sales office in Vandalia, looking for potential wind turbine sites and talking to landholders about leasing opportunities in the Audrain County area. Tenaska develops and operates power plants all across the country, with experience in natural gas, solar, and wind. Currently, Tenaska is nearing completion of the construction and commissioning of a wind . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines bring concern for those outside city limits

For two days, members of the Buchanan County Zoning and Planning Committee heard from citizens about the potential construction of wind turbines in the area, with many speaking in opposition to the project. On Thursday night, citizens continued to give their public opinion on the proposed ordinance to allow a Florida company to build a wind farm on the outskirts of St. Joseph. Several concerns with the ordinance were addressed, including a rule that the turbines not be built within . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Residents vent opinions on wind turbines

Opponents of the potential introduction of wind turbines in the St. Joseph area expressed their views Wednesday night at the Buchanan County Courthouse. The setting was a public hearing, summoned by the Buchanan County Commission, as a precursor to a decision the panel will need to make on a proposed wind energy ordinance. The ordinance deals with the placement of wind turbines around the county, and has been studied in recent months by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The board . . . Complete story »


January 8, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

New lawsuit filed, one dismissed near Osborn Wind Project

OSBORN, Mo. – The nation’s largest generator of renewable energy, NextEra Energy Resources LLC, has dropped one lawsuit but filed another lawsuit in two adjoining counties in northwest Missouri as part of a yearslong legal battle to bring more wind turbines to the area. KMBC 9 Chronicle recently featured the company’s lawsuits as part of an ongoing struggle between neighbors near the Osborn Wind Project – a collection of 97 wind turbines in DeKalb County, Missouri. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources dropped . . . Complete story »


January 7, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company drops wind farm lawsuit against Clinton County

NextEra Energy Resources withdrew a lawsuit on Friday that the company had filed against Clinton County officials for blocking the construction of a wind farm in the county. In 2016, the Clinton County zoning board, along with the county commissioners, voted to limit the height of wind turbines to 150 feet. That vote prevented construction of nearly 500-feet tall wind turbines in the county. NextEra Energy, based in Florida, then sued the county in 2016, claiming the ordinance was not . . . Complete story »


December 30, 2019 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Eminent domain should be used rarely

They say your home is your castle, but what they don’t mention is that even a castle can’t protect you from the abuse of eminent domain. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, eminent domain is a process that allows the government to seize property for public use. In effect, the government takes the property but also pays the owner fair market value for the land. The reasonable use of eminent domain can make sense for projects that serve . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County sets wind hearings

Buchanan County leaders have set dates next month for public hearings to receive input on a proposed wind energy ordinance. The hearings will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Division Three courtroom at the Buchanan County Courthouse. County officials have said such an ordinance, meant to provide guidelines to potential developers of wind farms, is a necessary regulatory first step ahead of any construction plans. Opponents, led by the recently . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2019 • Illinois, Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Battle reignites over $2.5B Midwest transmission line

A new decade will give rise to an old debate over a project promising to bring cheap wind energy to Eastern states. At issue is the Grain Belt Express, a proposed 780-mile transmission line stretching from southwest Kansas to the eastern edge of the PJM Interconnection grid in Indiana. Next month, the dispute over whether it should be built or not will resurface in Missouri, when the Legislature convenes. The $2.5 billion direct-current transmission line has been vetted by utility . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2019 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Elected officials should step up against wind farms

Wind turbines are destroying the serenity of our countryside. People no longer enjoy DeKalb County as it once was. Some property owners there have 10 wind turbines on their property, which amounts to a lucrative annual income. Buchanan County residents are now facing what DeKalb residents faced. And they lost. So will Buchannan County. And we in Clinton county are next. I think Buchanan county residents soon will be looking at wind turbines. The Buchanan County Commission has the ultimate . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2019 • Kansas, Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Allowing eminent domain is an unjust law

How you feel about wind energy isn’t as important as the issue of eminent domain. The argument of increased tax base is false. Since the company is a for-profit company, the tax burden will be passed on to consumers and the profits will follow the company. It will probably not be a local contractor to install the line and unlikely have few if any subcontractors. How does this help the local economy? Higher utility rates due to hidden taxes and . . . Complete story »


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