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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.

May 25, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri utility’s ambitious wind energy plan facing pushback

A Canadian company’s plan to aggressively shift a Missouri utility to clean energy is facing opposition from state officials. Proponents of cleaner energy in coal-reliant Missouri had lofty expectations in 2016, when Algonquin Power & Utilities bought Empire District Electric Co. At the time, Empire claimed it could build 800 megawatts of wind energy, close a 200 megawatt coal plant next April – about 16 years early – and save ratepayers as much as $325 million over 20 years. The utility said . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Ameren to establish state’s largest wind farm in northeast Missouri

Ameren announced an agreement Monday to move forward with a 175-turbine wind farm in northeast Missouri – which, when constructed, would be the largest in the state. The St. Louis-based electric utility expects the project to break ground in summer 2019 in Adair and Schuyler counties. The 400-megawatt wind farm will be built by an affiliate of the utility-scale renewable energy company, Terra-Gen, and acquired by Ameren after its completion. Ameren – which generates about two-thirds of its electricity from an aging . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Adair County Commission grants assent for proposed wind turbine project

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – In just a few years, northeast Missouri could be home to hundreds of wind turbines. TG Prairie, LLC, an affiliate of a company called Terra-Gen, is developing the High Prairie Wind Project. That project, which would be located in Adair and Schuyler counties, would include up to 200 wind turbine generators. Project developers say in this area, wind resources are robust and will provide an abundant supply of affordable electric energy. The wind energy would then tie into . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri Supreme Court prepares to hear Grain Belt case

HANNIBAL – The Missouri Supreme Court will hear the case of a wind energy company that is seeking to build a transmission line across north Missouri on April 3. The project has stirred resentment in some part of the state, with residents concerned about property rights and other concerns, while others look forward to the possibility of cheaper and cleaner power. Oral arguments in Grain Belt Express Clean Line v. Missouri Public Service Commission will set in motion what could be . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2018 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Letter to the Editor: Wind Farm Concerns

While I fully support the use of renewable energy, I’m concerned about the economics of industrial wind energy. Industrial wind was initiated in the U.S. by Enron as a tax shelter generating scheme. MidAmerican Energy (owned by Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffet) owns 7% of the country’s wind generation. Buffet stated publicly, “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are splitting rural Dekalb County in two

Turbines are splitting rural Dekalb County in two. Nextera energy already has 97 turbines running in the county but it wants more. The Board of Washington township held a hearing about the project Thursday night. Two years ago, some landowners opted to put turbines on their property to generate income for themselves and the community. They say wind power is saving rural America’s future. Others in the community say wind power is wrecking the rural way of life. “It’s all . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Empire responds to regulators’ concerns over wind plan

In testimony filed before the Missouri Public Service Commission this past week, Empire District Electric Co. responded to regulators’ concerns over its proposed $1.5 billion wind-energy plan. Last month, officials with the PSC staff and the Office of Public Counsel expressed concerns about the plan in PSC testimony, questioning the more than $300 million the company has said it can save customers over the next 20 years. The plan calls for Empire to more than triple the amount of power . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • Illinois, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Illinois court reverses approval for Grain Belt Express

Missouri is no longer the lone holdout to approve a high-voltage transmission project scheduled to span four states, bringing wind energy from western Kansas through Northeast Missouri further east. An Illinois Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) could not legally approve necessary permits for the Grain Belt Express project. The court reversed the decision and sent it back to the ICC, Illinois’ utility regulatory body equivalent to the Missouri Public Service Commission. Before Clean . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • Missouri, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

US wind industry frets as major transmission lines stall

A contested 780-mile Midwestern transmission line for wind, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, may have another chance at life. A Missouri judge ruled recently that the state’s utility commission “erred” in denying the project, putting a final decision in the hands of the state Supreme Court. It’s an important victory for wind developers and transmission advocates who say the blooming industry in America’s “wind belt” can’t reach its full potential if transmission infrastructure doesn’t rise up to meet it. . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition renews fight against wind project

An organization opposed to plans for building a wind-driven electric transmission network through the region pledges to continue lobbying against the project. Despite a setback in court action on Tuesday, Block Grain Belt Express says it intends to pursue a favorable ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court in its bid to derail the project. The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District sent the case involving Grain Belt Express’ attempt to secure state permission for the network to the state’s high . . . Complete story »

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