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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.

February 21, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County wind energy in the hands of Commissioners

The Buchanan County Commission will be reviewing a proposal for a total commercial ban on wind energy. The ban was proposed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday night. Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer said that the commissioners have three options: to pass the proposal, deny the proposal or provide comments and suggestions and send the proposal back to planning and zoning. Sawyer said as of now there is not a strict timeline on when the commissioners will act on . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Missouri county is a step closer to banning wind energy projects

Members of the Buchanan County Planning and Zoning Commission in northwest Missouri have gone beyond proposing regulations for wind farms in the county. The commission, instead, has proposed banning wind farms in Buchanan County altogether. The commission, meeting to discuss proposed regulations for commercial wind energy development, voted 8 to 4 to ban wind turbines. Its recommendation now goes to the Buchanan County Commission to consider. The vote comes after 13 months of study which included hiring a consultant to . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning propose commercial wind turbine ban

The Buchanan County Planning and Zoning Commission proposed a total commercial ban for wind turbines in a meeting Wednesday night. This was proposed after discussions regarding potential restrictions, and what would be the setback for the wind turbines, which initially was between a half-mile and a mile. Steven Reardon of Marion Township proposed a motion for a total ban on wind turbines in the county. After further discussion, the proposal was put to a vote. The commissioners voted in favor, . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2020 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Eminent domain is not for sale in Missouri

Imagine if Warren Buffett wanted to build a private toll road across northern Missouri. The billionaire would charge cars $100 apiece to race from his home city of Omaha, Nebraska, to Nashville, Tennessee, pocketing a huge chunk of profit on each trip. He might call it the “Music City Express.” Unfortunately, the toll road would have no exits in Missouri. Cars could only get on in Nebraska and exit in Tennessee. No local residents could use it at all. Even . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2020 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind-power transmission line threatens our property rights

Rural Missourians are united against granting eminent domain to a proposal to build a transmission line across northern Missouri. The proposed project, called Clean Line, would move power generated by wind in western Kansas to electricity customers in the eastern U.S. Tom Kiernan, writing in favor of the project in the Feb. 12 Post-Dispatch, has made it clear that the project, part of a multi-state effort known as the Grain Belt Express, would be “difficult” to complete without eminent domain. . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Invenergy sweetens their offer for Grain Belt Express

Invenergy announced its plans to include broadband capability on the Grain Belt Express transmission project’s infrastructure that would come at no additional cost to Missouri communities or taxpayers, the company says. As the company approved to build the Grain Belt Express transmission line, Invenergy said that discussions are underway with Missouri internet providers who could use the infrastructure to provide internet for underserved Missourians. Missouri utility regulators approved the acquisition of the Grain Belt project by Invenergy, a Chicago firm, . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Information wanted from Grain Belt Express company

Clinton County Presiding Commissioner Patrick Clark was expecting a meeting with Invenergry the company in charge of the high power energy line known as the Grain Belt Express in the Clinton County Courthouse Wednesday, while the meeting was canceled by Invenergy Clark is is hoping for information from the company. The line is scheduled to run from Kansas to Indiana with Missouri in the middle of the line. The line is scheduled to run through Northwest Missouri including Clinton County. . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Grain Belt Express fight moves to Missouri Senate

A battle to prevent the developer of the Grain Belt Express from acquiring farmland via eminent domain is now in the hands of the Missouri Senate. Last week, House of Representatives passed by a 118-42 margin a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankfort, whose district includes Ralls and Monroe counties. His bill will prohibit developers of the 4,000-megawatt a day high-level transmission project from forcing landowners to sell property. “This bill protects the rights of landowners in Missouri,” Hansen . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2020 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Legislature should pass eminent domain protection

A recent editorial in The Missouri Times referred to the Grain Belt Express Transmission Line as an “Investment in Missouri,” citing the creation of 1,500 jobs and the promise of low cost electricity. When the Grain Belt Express was first proposed, the Missouri Public Service Commission turned down the project because there were not enough perceived benefits to Missouri. In the second proposal, the private company proposing the project, added an off ramp for some power in eastern Missouri and . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

House votes to block Grain Belt line

The first bill out of the Missouri House this year is another attempt to block construction of a wind-energy transmission line that would cross Randolph County and provide power to Columbia. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, would deny the use of eminent domain to builders of the Grain Belt Express, designed to carry electricity generated by Kansas windmills 780 miles across rural Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana serving eastern states. . . . Complete story »

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