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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.

September 16, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Potential wind farm leaves northern Boone community divided

The possible development of industrial wind turbines in northern Boone County has left landowners debating whether to support the cause. E.ON Climate & Renewables is looking to generate electricity with these turbines on land they would rent from local residents. The farm could encompass up to 20,000 acres, according to previous Missourian reporting. A second neighborhood meeting Sunday at Harrisburg High School continued the conversation that began in February when landowners were first contacted. Both advocates and opponents attended. Those . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2019 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Open houses planned for Southwest Missouri wind project

Two open houses are planned this week for a portion of a 600-megawatt wind project to be built in Southwest Missouri. “(Attendees) can learn more about a wind farm, what the construction phase is like, just get some questions answered,” said Timberly Ross, spokesperson for Tenaska, the company constructing the turbines. Liberty Utilities-Empire District this summer received the needed regulatory approval to go forward with the project, which was announced in 2017. The project represents an investment of more than . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County panel to consider wind farm tour

Members of a Buchanan County Planning and Zoning group decided Wednesday that touring a working wind farm could assist in creating an ordinance to govern local turbines. The panel met at the courthouse to consider answers to questions, plus revisions, to a proposed ordinance for a potential commercial wind energy project. NextEra, a Florida-based company, has expressed interest in building a wind farm in the county. Before the hearing, a new group – Friends of Buchanan County – sought signatures for a . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Property question prompts latest challenge to Grain Belt Express

A Missouri landowners group is challenging state regulators’ conclusion that a transmission developer meets the definition of a public utility. The appeal by the Missouri Landowners Association hinges on whether cash and easements should satisfy a requirement that companies own property in the state. It’s the latest legal hurdle for the long-embattled transmission project. If built, the Grain Belt Express would move as much as 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • Letters, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t become ‘America the ugly’

We live in Buchanan County. And we don’t want the turbines. My husband and I drove to Colorado in June. What a beautiful scenic drive until we traveled through Kansas and entered Colorado Springs. That’s when it all starts with miles and miles of wind turbines that ruin the beautiful landscape. It is just sickening to see this happen. This wind turbine thing should be stopped before it really turns more of our states into an ugly mess. It’s sad . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Ameren gets PSC approval for Atchison County wind farm

The Public Service Commission (PSC) tackled several orders related to Ameren last week, including approving a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for a planned wind farm in Atchison County. Ameren will construct the project under a Build Transfer Agreement, and the commission approved a 10-day effective date so the company could take advantage of a tax credit estimated to be worth about $300 million. The CCN was approved with the inclusion of language offered by Commissioner Daniel Hall which . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County to proceed with further wind energy research

Buchanan County leaders have opted to continued proceeding with inquiries that could lead to the eventual location of a wind turbine farm. That decision follows a nearly 1-1/2-[hour] session last week with representatives of Black & Veatch, an engineering firm which the county is using as an independent consultant to assist with the research. A draft presentation of a wind energy ordinance was reviewed section-by-section last Wednesday night by Black & Veatch and county officials at the courthouse. The Buchanan . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Barton County woman holds public meeting, raises concerns over wind farm

BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Jennifer Ryan, Barton County Resident: “It wasn’t until I actually saw it with my own eyes, and realized it was gonna effect me personally, that I got concerned and decided to get involved.” In June, Liberty Utilities-Empire District got approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to build wind farms in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.. including Barton County. According to Liberty Utilities, the project will bring about 140 wind turbines split between Barton, Dade, Jasper . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

County commission listens to proposed wind turbine regulations

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  – Buchanan County’s Zoning and Planning commissioners are in agreement that there’s a long way to go before any decision is made on allowing wind turbines to be built in the county. Around 100 people showed up at the county courthouse Wednesday evening to watch the commissioners review the first draft of possible ordinances and regulations for wind turbines. Questions arose over how to address noise and light distractions, TV signal interference and even the shadows that . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2019 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Residents vent opinions on wind energy

SAN ANTONIO, Mo. – Several hundred residents turned out Monday night for an informational meeting designed to present facts and appraisals of a potential wind farm in Buchanan County. One hour into the meeting, emotions among at least some of those in attendance began approaching the boiling point, as differing opinions on wind turbines were bandied back and forth. The informal meeting was organized by Steve Reardon, who represents Marion Township on the Buchanan County Planning and Zoning Commission, and held . . . Complete story »

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