Hearing set on changes in wind development process.382392013-04-30T00:31:38Z2013-04-30T00:31:38ZThe Board approved the resolution to make the change at the April Board meeting.
None of the county application requirements have changed but the process for developing a wind energy plan has been modified from a one-step to a two-step process, Moore said.Major layoffs coming to Fort Madison plant .360662012-09-18T19:52:49Z2012-09-18T19:52:49ZThe biggest cuts will come in Fort Madison, where 407 workers at a wind turbine blade factory will be out of work. About 220 workers there will be retained.
The company blamed difficult market conditions due to lack of congressional action on a wind energy tax credit as well as increased use of natural gas-fired power plants and an overall sluggish economy.
Siemens laying off half its work force in Hutchinson.360612012-09-18T17:25:26Z2012-09-18T17:25:26ZSiemens, a German conglomerate, announced Tuesday it is laying off 146 employees at its wind turbine nacelle plant in Hutchinson, leaving just 152 employees there.
All told, 615 employees in Siemens' wind power business will lose their jobs. Siemens said the change would primarily affect employees in Iowa, Kansas and Florida.County gives OK to FHSU turbines .355202012-07-17T15:47:00Z2012-07-17T15:47:00ZCommissioners unanimously approved the recommendation of the Ellis County Planning and Zoning Commission for a conditional-use permit for Fort Hays State University to construct two wind turbines, contingent upon meeting several requirements.
The project for two 2.1 megawatt Suzlon turbines.Power of wind energy not yet realized in Pratt County.353612012-06-30T20:49:28Z2012-06-30T20:49:28ZWind turbines interfere with agriculture, especially with aerial application of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, he said. Another detractor is this area's location on a major fall migratory route for whooping cranes, an endangered species.Cloud County wind turbines to be lowered.347022012-04-02T05:20:06Z2012-04-02T05:20:06ZAt 110 feet, the windmills on a hill south of the campus have been deemed too tall by the Federal Aviation Administration. The chance of losing $1 million in federal grants has prompted the college to take action that could cost up to $150,000.
The FAA informed the college roughly a year ago that the windmills are in Blosser Municipal Airport's airspace.Mars barred from building wind turbine.344222012-02-24T16:10:52Z2012-02-24T16:10:52ZDespite an incentive agreement that references it, Mars Chocolate North America won't construct a wind turbine for its Topeka site.
That is because having a wind turbine on the Kanza Fire Commerce Park would interfere with the airspace of nearby Forbes Field.
Wind farm location draws ire.343552012-02-19T09:09:06Z2012-02-19T09:09:06Z"The Sandsage Prairie is an ecosystem that is very fragile, and impacting it in a large way could have an impact on the species that depend on that ecosystem," Barton said, adding that two species in particular are the longnose snake and the lesser prairie-chicken. Zoning board reviews criteria.337192011-11-29T22:48:35Z2011-11-29T22:48:35ZCommercial wind energy projects will require a "special use" permit, which does not authorize construction of the project until the applicant (developer) has obtained a power purchase agreement for the electricity to be generated.Commission attorney responds to Indeck's legal position.336712011-11-23T14:43:35Z2011-11-23T14:43:35Z"Unless Indeck intends to commence construction before the moratorium expires and the county rejects your request for a suspension of the moratorium, the moratorium will have no effect on Indeck," said Hughes. "Thus, threats of litigation over any loss caused by the moratorium are premature and they are ill-founded."Indek lawyers threaten legal action against county.335842011-11-11T13:53:32Z2011-11-11T13:53:32ZThe letter urged commissioners to withdraw the moratorium on wind farm generators in the county or, at a minimum, to suspend its effect on properties included in the Wildcat Wind Farm Project.Wind development talks still whirling.333922011-10-23T13:01:50Z2011-10-23T13:01:50ZMarked by neighbor disputes, county zoning regulations and economic recession, Ellis County remains a county without active wind energy development. Production tax credits are set to expire in 2012, and Kansas' largest wind farm now is taking shape in southern Kansas.
Court orders wind case reconsideration.334002011-10-21T13:44:34Z2011-10-21T13:44:34Z"This court cannot know how much electricity would be generated from Wabaunsee County wind, and eventually kept out of the interstate power grid, if there were no board prohibition against (commercial wind farms)," Nuss wrote. "This type of information would be relevant (to further analysis)."
Wind farm creating concern for some Kansas farmers .332142011-10-03T15:56:02Z2011-10-03T15:56:02ZCarrick said he is concerned about his cattle because workers drive through his pastures, causing ruts in the field. He said now he is finding large holes that have not been filled.
"We don't want to see the land destroyed," said Michael Carrick, landowner.