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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.

October 24, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Section of wind turbine rolls in Jasper County

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A section of wind turbine en route to the King’s Point Wind Farm slipped off the edge of State Hwy N and rolled just before 9:00 AM Friday. When one of these is being transported it’s called a “Super Load” and they are most usually inspected and transported by Missouri State Highway Patrol. This section was being escorted eastbound from the Kansas state line when it rolled we are told. No one one injured. MoDOT tells us . . . Complete story »

October 11, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

German company leases 12,000 acres for planned wind farm near Harrisburg

Robert “Doc” Kinkead said he had all but forgotten about his agreement to lease some of his nearly 400 acres of land in northern Boone County for a potential wind farm until he got the first check for it. “We took the contract to a lawyer to get it looked over, doing what he called due diligence and all that,” he said. “The next thing I heard was a year later, we got this little dividend check and it was . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Boone County Commission candidate Q&A: Wind farm

Both associate Boone County commissioners face opponents in the Nov. 3 general election. Republican Tristan Asbury is challenging Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson, a Democrat seeking her third four-year term. Meanwhile, Democrat Justin Aldred is challenging Southern District Commissioner Fred Parry, a Republican running for a second term. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision, the Missourian sent each candidate a questionnaire asking for his or her thoughts on seven issues relevant to county government. A question . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2020 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Evergy’s high-wire act

Evergy Inc. faces major power transformations – in its executive ranks and in how it will produce the electricity that more than 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri count on. The Kansas City-based utility must find a new CEO to succeed Terry Bassham, who announced his retirement in late August. Bassham drove the $14 billion merger that formed Evergy and before that spent six years as CEO of predecessor Great Plains Energy Inc. In early August, the company rolled out . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm progress in Adair and Schuyler counties affecting roads and bridges

Adair and Schuyler Counties have seen changes over the last few months with windfarm turbines going up in the area. Construction of the turbines is ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Heavy loads of equipment and concrete have caused deterioration of routes in the area. Speed limits have been reduced on several routes and bridge weight postings have been issued to help with the declining conditions of the roads. “We ask that drivers . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

High Prairie Wind Farm project progressing, damaged county roads to be repaired

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Wind turbines are dotting the horizon in northeast Missouri. The turbines are part of the High Prairie Wind Farm Project. When complete, the project will have 175 wind turbines, built on land in Adair and Schuyler counties. In mid-2018, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm. Due to the heavy equipment being transported on area roads for this project, some of those roads are now being damaged. Terra-Gen previously worked out an agreement with . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court backs sale of controversial wind energy line in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY – A state appeals court ruled in favor of a controversial wind electricity project Tuesday, putting the Grain Belt Express transmission line another step closer to construction. The project, which has been tied up in legal and legislative challenges for years, will carry wind-generated power from Kansas to Indiana on a 780-mile-long transmission line that includes eight northern Missouri counties. A group of landowners challenged a June 2019 ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission allowing Chicago-based Invenergy to . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Invenergy abandons wind turbine plan in Barry County

Invenergy, the renewable energy company exploring a wind turbine project in northern Barry County, has opted against pursuing further development. “Invenergy has decided to change course in Barry County,” said Meredith Jeffrey, manager of renewable development for Invenergy, in a statement to The Times. The Monett Times first revealed the company’s plans in April 2019. For nearly three years, the Chicago-based firm has pursued land lease contracts exploring the potential for building approximately 100 wind turbines between Cassville and Monett. . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Big rig hauling wind turbine section overturns near Princeton

A truck hauling a section of a wind turbine overturned onto its side late Saturday morning at the south junction of Highways 65 and 136 in Princeton. The Mercer County Fire Protection District reported an oversized semi hauling a section of a windmill tower tipped onto its side after the load went off the soft shoulder. Several wreckers were called in to right the vehicle and load. The highway patrol in St. Joseph reports no injuries during the incident. Complete story »

March 27, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

During pandemic, Grain Belt surveyors showed up

A Missouri farm organization is calling out an energy company for sending its representatives to meet with landowners during the COVID-19 crisis. Missouri Farm Bureau received multiple reports that employees of Chicago-based Invenergy, the company behind the high-voltage Grain Belt Express power line, were holding in-person meetings with landowners last week at a time when Missourians were encouraged to practice social distancing. A Farm Bureau news release from last Sunday, March 22, said that landowners were visited over the past . . . Complete story »

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