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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.

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 »

March 13, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County commissioners ban commercial wind energy

The Buchanan County Commission approved and adopted a recommendation from the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission to incorporate a total commercial wind energy ban Thursday. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a work session on Feb. 19 and recommended the total ban by a vote of 8-4. The commissioners stated five notes in the order. The notes are as follows: 1Not a single member of the public testified at the public hearings in favor of allowing commercial wind-energy projects within . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms continue to develop in Nodaway County, Tenaska to operate summer 2020

With three wind farms continuing to build and operate on the outskirts of Maryville, citizens who bought into the idea of clean energy are now asking if their electric bills will reflect the county’s efforts toward sustainable energy. Three wind farm projects have been approved in Nodaway and Atchison County. Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center and White Cloud Wind Project will operate in Nodaway County, while Avangrid Renewables operates in Atchison. As construction heads toward finalization at Tenaska, homeowners in . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on wind turbines in Buchanan County should be made in several weeks

A decision will be coming in “weeks” regarding wind energy in Buchanan County. County commissioners said they are looking at the legality of the proposal and gathering information before making a decision. They said they understand people are looking for a swift decision, but the unprecedented nature of the proposal is the reason the process could take a few weeks moving forward. Commissioners said the decision should take several weeks, not several months. The Planning and Zoning Commission presented a . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2020 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Communities must consider health risks of wind turbines

Last year, the Madison County Board of Health in Iowa determined “that there is the potential for negative health effects associated with commercial wind turbines and that current setbacks are inadequate to protect the public health” and recommended “a one and one-half (1½) mile setback from non-participating residences for future wind turbine projects.” I contacted the Board of Health to find out the basis for this resolution. It sent me nearly 90 documents that it had reviewed in making this . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

A clear statement on wind

A wind turbine is a relatively straightforward concept. Energy from the wind turns three propeller-type blades around a rotor, which is connected to a main shaft. Inside that shaft, a generator spins to create electricity. That’s how the U.S. Energy Department describes it. Things get more complicated from there, not so much from the engineering aspects but with the politics surrounding wind energy, especially at the local level. Depending on who you talk to, wind power either saves the planet . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Farms would unfairly suffer under wind turbines

Regarding the guest column by Blake Hurst “Proposed wind-power transmission line threatens our property rights” (Feb. 19): The Clean Line Grain Belt Express may permanently scar farmland across eight northern Missouri counties. In Randolph and Chariton counties, signs posted on roadways declare, “No Eminent Domain for Private Gain.” The message prompts the observation that is missing in Post-Dispatch articles is an exposé of investors, including ones out of state, standing to line their pockets heavily through development and proposed continuous . . . Complete story »

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