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 growth of wind farming in Missouri creates green energy and less dependence on out-of-state- coal. But the impacts of turbines and transmission lines may also spark neighbor-to-neighbor, farmer-to-government, and rural-to-urban tensions. It started with huge electric generators on top of surface-mined coal seams conveyed right into the boiler. But Missouri coal has high sulfur content. Conflicts with acid rain and human health meant mothballing Missouri coal reserves. In the face of all that, people might think that coal-fired Missouri . . .
For the second time in less than three months, an alternative energy company has announced its intention to bring more wind energy development to Nodaway County. In late March, Tenaska, a privately owned energy firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, announced that it was considering construction of what would be the county’s second, or maybe now its third, wind farm across an area stretching north of Maryville to the Iowa line. Now another company, Lenexa, Kansas-based Tradewind Energy, says it wants . . .
A decision regarding a controversial power project scheduled to traverse Monroe and Ralls Counties has now presumably become indefinitely delayed due to an appeal on an unrelated case. The Missouri Public Service Commission all but said at its May 24 meeting that a decision on the Grain Belt Express case would likely not come until the resolution of the Mark Twain Transmission project. Grain Belt Express is a proposed wind energy line that would convert wind from Kansas to usable . . .
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of a municipal joint action energy agency are calling on the Missouri Public Service Commission to make a decision in regard to the Grain Belt Express Clean Line wind energy project. Following an agenda meeting on May 24, in which the PSC gave an update on the case status for the project’s application, the 68 members of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) are asking the PSC to not further delay a decision . . .
Concerns continue to be raised by residents in DeKalb County over the operation of a commercial wind turbine project in Missouri. NextEra Energy Resources based in Florida began operating 97 wind turbines near Osborn, Missouri, in December. The project in DeKalb County was one of the first by NextEra Energy to use wind turbines that were manufactured to be 500 feet tall. Some residents in the county have expressed concern over effects from light flicker, noise levels, vibration of buildings . . .
In response to the May 11 editorial “State must capitalize on wind,” I urge anyone who thinks wind farms are a good thing for Nebraska to take a day trip to see the Osborn wind farm in Missouri. It’s on U.S. Highway 36, just east of St. Joseph. Having just gone into production in December 2016, this facility presumably is fairly representative of the latest in wind turbine technology. I’ve had occasion to pass through the area twice recently. I . . .
In a stunning win for Marion County landowners, the Missouri Court of Appeals vacated a Missouri Public Commission decision to grant necessary certificates to an Illinois company seeking to erect an electricity line through the western part of the county. Neighbors United, who fought for three years against the Mark Twain Transmission Project, called the unanimous March 28 decision by the three-person court a “tremendous victory for our members.” Leaders of Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI), which applied for . . .
In a decision handed down today, March 28, 2017, in the case against the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) brought by Neighbors United Against the Mark Twain Transmission Line, the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Western District ruled the PSC did not have the authority to grant ATXI a “conditional certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct a long-distance electric transmission line.” And, they vacated the PSC’s CCN effectively un-granting . . .
Tenaska, a privately owned energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced that it is considering construction of what would be Nodaway County’s second wind farm. Independent power producers like Tenaska, also referred to as non-utility generators, are in the business of generating electric power for sale to utilities and end users. According to a company release, Tenaska currently owns and oversees operations at nine gas-fueled and alternative energy plants in five states, facilities rated to produce a total of . . .
Several groups of landowners and farmers continue to oppose the power line, noting it would cut across farm fields, tarnish backyard views and likely lower property values. “As they are disrupting the landscape, they are going to be totally disrupting people’s lives as well,” said Paul Agathen, an attorney for the Missouri Landowners Alliance. He accused Clean Line of seeking to “buy its way into Missouri by offering a discriminatory, drastically discounted, below-cost rate to a single customer” so that it could use Missouri as a “stepping stone” to more lucrative markets to the east.