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.
On Aug. 15, the Missouri Public Service Commission denied Clean Line Energy Partner’s proposed power line, the “Grain Belt Express,” that would carry wind power via high-voltage power lines across the state. This denial marks the second rejection in just two years. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was quick to praise the PSC decision. “While we are very pleased with the Public Service Commission’s decision, we know this fight isn’t over,” said MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering. “We will continue . . .
Recently, a newspaper in Falmouth, Massachusetts, reported a decision by a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge in a case where he granted relief after listening to the arguments that operation of two wind turbines constituted a nuisance. While several other lawsuits involving “complaints of excessive noise, harmful health effects, drops in property values and officials failing to follow proper rules as they allowed projects to move forward” have been reported and would make interesting reading to your readers, Judge Moriarity II . . .
The Missouri Landowners Alliance is the project’s main opponent and also has filed for a rehearing, saying its purpose is to seek to safeguard the decision. Jennifer Gatrel, a spokeswoman for Block Grain Belt Express, another opponent, said her organization maintains confidence in its stance. “They now know they have to get county approval per state law that has been enforced for decades,” Gatrel said. “Many transmission lines have been built in our state with the law in effect. We think their PR (public relations) efforts are wasted ... as public opinion is hugely against them because they treated the landowners like garbage for years.”
As expected, the developers of a controversial wind energy transmission line has asked the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) for a rehearing, after commissioners denied necessary permits for the project earlier this month. Developers of the Grain Belt Express (GBE) argued in their application for a rehearing that the decision in a court case involving a similar, but unrelated, electric line case was improperly applied to GBE. That case, Neighbors United vs. PSC, ended when the Missouri Court of Appeals . . .
Concerned Citizens of DeKalb and Clinton Counties are continuing to support their respective Planning and Zoning Boards “to protect the health, safety, and general welfare” of their citizens. Many citizens have educated themselves on wind energy projects across this country. Some have asked: “Why not give up? Wind turbines are already up and operating?” However, the “battle” is not over. Efforts are still being made to limit the erection of wind turbines in this area. Many are unaware that three . . .
Electric utility regulators in Missouri today blocked developer Clean Line Energy Partners from building its $2.3bn Grain Belt Express (GBE) wind energy transmission project through their state, dealing a body blow and leaving its future uncertain. Missouri is a critical middle link in the 780-mile (1,255km) project that would transport 4GW of wind-generated power from western Kansas to Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. Despite finding the project is in the public interest and will benefit the state, the Public Service . . .
The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday unanimously denied a second request by a Houston-based energy firm to build a high-voltage, wind-powered transmission line across northern parts of the state. Clean Line Energy Partners had filed its application seeking approval for construction of the line in August of 2016. The company has been proposing to build the 780-mile line in order to deliver power from wind turbines in southwest Kansas to electric customers in Eastern Seaboard states. Opponents had decried . . .
Opponents of the Grain Belt Express power line rejoiced Wednesday, even though the fight could continue. "They're done at this point. We won. They can't build the line," said Paul Agathen, an attorney for the Missouri Landowners Alliance. "So it's up to them as to what steps, if any, they take." Missouri regulators initially rejected the project in July 2015, while determining it had little benefit for Missouri consumers and citing the burden on landowners in its path.
A wind farm company proposing a project in Northwest Missouri has raised the concern of the Missouri Department of Conservation over potential bird and bat deaths. NextEra Energy, based in Florida, is planning to build 97 wind turbines on the border of Clinton and DeKalb counties as part of the Osborn Wind Farm. Of the 97 turbines planned, there are 21 expected to be placed within a one-mile radius of the Pony Express Lake and along the boundary of the . . .
A large number of people were present at the Kingston Courthouse on Thursday evening to voice their opinions on the subject of wind turbines in Caldwell County. Caldwell County currently has a moratorium on any applications on wind turbines until the first part of December. Two people at the hearing spoke in favor of the wind turbines. Quoting from the 2014 Wind Technology Report prepared for the US Dept. of Energy, David Jensen who lives west of Kingston, reasoned that . . .