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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 16, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Two new wind towers further divide community in northwest Missouri

DEKALB COUNTY, Mo. – Another dramatic chapter is unfolding in a nearly two-year fight over wind turbines in northwest Missouri. NextEra Energy has constructed two meteorological evaluation towers, or met towers, to measure wind speed on properties in Washington Township in DeKalb County. However, the township’s board president and other neighbors believe NextEra constructed those towers illegally. “I’m not sure what their intention is,” said Board President Martin Zimmerman. “They know we’re zoned.” Zimmerman said no special use permit has been . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2018 • Illinois, Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Sale of Grain Belt Express transmission project boosts hopes for its completion

The sale of a planned long-distance transmission line project to a Chicago energy developer has left some customers more hopeful that it might someday deliver wind power from western Kansas to customers in the east. Clean Line Energy Partners announced Monday that it has agreed to sell all of its assets related to the 780-mile Grain Belt Express project to Invenergy, which builds, owns and operates energy projects in North America and Europe. The sale comes in advance of a . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Possible legislation being pursued to keep NEMO wind farm tax dollars local

Conversations are continuing for a massive wind farm planned for northeast Missouri. A group of different entities including the Adair County Commission, Schuyler County Commission, Schuyler County R-1 School District, Adair County Public Library and political officials and their representatives met Tuesday afternoon to discuss how taxes will be assessed. In May, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the High Prairie Wind Farm, which would be the largest facility of its kind in the state. Should the project . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Hearings set over Grain Belt application

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission has set a December hearing date to hear evidence on whether to approve the Grain Belt Express. Formal evidentiary hearings on Grain Belt’s application to build a wind energy transmission line across Missouri will take place Dec. 18-19 in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building in Jefferson City. Grain Belt wants to construct its high-voltage line through Buchannan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls counties. The project, which . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri Public Service Commission grants request by Ameren to build wind farm in Schyler and Adair counties

The Missouri Public Service Commission has granted a certificate of convenience and necessity to Ameren Missouri to construct and operate an approximate 400-megawatt wind generation facility in Schuyler and Adair counties. The High Prairie Wind Farm will be constructed pursuant to a Build-Transfer Agreement between Ameren Missouri and TG High Prairie Holdings under an agreement approved by the Commission. TG Holdings formed a special-purpose entity to complete the project. Once the facility is built, TG High Prairie will merge into . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

For second time in five months, Ameren announces agreement to build a Missouri wind farm

A little more than a year ago, criticism and some economic pressure were building around Ameren’s reliance on coal, which accounts for about two-thirds of the St. Louis utility’s power supply. Renew Missouri, an organization that advocates for increased adoption of renewable energy, released a report titled “Opportunity Blowing By” that emphasized the growing economic advantages of wind energy, and stated that, on the latest earnings call, Goldman Sachs representatives were among multiple investors to ask Ameren officials about the . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners weigh in on wind farm; Citizens voice opposition to wind farm

MARYVILLE, Mo. – About 30 people, including landowners, county officeholders and school officials, gathered in the Nodaway County Administration Center ground-floor meeting room on Thursday, Oct. 11, for a public hearing on a proposed wind farm in southwestern Nodaway County. The 238-megawatt project is being developed by Tradewind Energy of Lenexa, Kansas, with the start of construction set for spring 2019. When completed, the installation – known as the White Cloud Wind Project – will embrace around 100 turbines spread out over approximately . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Kansas City utility packages clean energy measures with federal tax savings

Kansas City Power & Light’s plan to return federal tax savings to customers also includes measures to encourage renewable energy purchases, community solar and reduce energy usage. The package includes a green tariff, demand response aggregation and new rate designs available to about 800,000 electricity customers in the Kansas City area. Missouri utility regulators are expected to approve the plan soon. The measures also provide policy certainty for the City of Kansas City to move ahead with some of the . . . Complete story »

October 4, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Nodaway County moves forward with wind farm

The Nodaway County Commission is moving forward with plans to build a wind farm in south Nodaway County. Tradewind Energy is in the process of preparing to build a wind farm in the Ernst area called White Cloud. Nodaway County Commissioner Tradewind is one of two wind farms in the process of being approved for an Enhanced Enterprise Zone, which lessens the tax burden. Executive director of Nodaway County Economic Development Josh McKim is overseeing the EEZ. McKim said the . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines creating division in northern Missouri

OSBORN, Mo. – For almost two years, Kim Tindel has had an unobstructed view of several large wind turbines from her property in northwest Missouri. She’s sick of them. And, she thinks, sick from them. “It makes you dizzy,” Tindel said. “We live with our blinds pulled now.” Tindel said from the highest point on her property, she can see all 97 turbines that went online near Osborn in 2016, to create enough renewable energy for KCP&L to power 60,000 homes. . . . Complete story »

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