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County approves zoning for wind farm

Ford County will soon be able to harness the Kansas wind with the construction of a wind farm north of Spearville.

On Wednesday in a special Ford County Commission meeting the commissioners voted to approve a conditional use permit to construct a wind farm north of Spearville.

“This is a great day,” said Kim Goodnight, Ford County Commission chairman. “It is satisfying to come to a conclusion and know that a wind farm will be constructed.

Commissioner Terry Williams added, “This is real exciting and a great project for Kansas.”

Nancy Tronsgard, enXco project manager for the wind farm said following the meeting that construction will begin in April with completion by October 1.

The wind farm will consist of 67 turbines constructed by enXco. They will produce 1.5 megawatts of electricity. Tronsgard said the turbines will look similar to what was constructed in Gray County but they will be taller.

She went on to say the electricity generated from the turbines will run through Aquila’s substation north of Spearville. Kansas City Power and Light will own the turbines and enXco will operate them, Tronsgard said.

This has been a long process to get to this point for the Ford County commission. In 2003 the commissioners approved a wind project which would consist of 137 turbines north of Spearville, but enXco... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
On Wednesday in a special Ford County Commission meeting the commissioners voted to approve a conditional use permit to construct a wind farm north of Spearville.

“This is a great day,” said Kim Goodnight, Ford County Commission chairman. “It is satisfying to come to a conclusion and know that a wind farm will be constructed.

Commissioner Terry Williams added, “This is real exciting and a great project for Kansas.”

Nancy Tronsgard, enXco project manager for the wind farm said following the meeting that construction will begin in April with completion by October 1.

The wind farm will consist of 67 turbines constructed by enXco. They will produce 1.5 megawatts of electricity. Tronsgard said the turbines will look similar to what was constructed in Gray County but they will be taller.

She went on to say the electricity generated from the turbines will run through Aquila’s substation north of Spearville. Kansas City Power and Light will own the turbines and enXco will operate them, Tronsgard said.

This has been a long process to get to this point for the Ford County commission. In 2003 the commissioners approved a wind project which would consist of 137 turbines north of Spearville, but enXco wanted to split the project into two phases and needed time to find someone who would buy the electricity so extensions were granted in 2004 and again in 2005 for a conditional use permit.

By dividing the project into two phases enXco could add on to the wind farm in the future, Tronsgard said. On Jan. 30 the Ford County Zoning Board approved the application for a conditional use permit for the wind farm.

Within the conditional use permit, which was drawn up based on what Butler County had done with their wind farm, the commissioners approved several guidelines, but are still working out the details on two guidelines including road maintenance during construction of the wind farm and decommissioning of the wind farm towers if the wind farm should ever quit running.

Glenn Kerbs, legal advisee for the county said the county should approving those portions of the agreement in the next few weeks.

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FEB 17 2006
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