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Fort Hays State University wants zoning change for wind turbines

Currently, Hays regulations do not allow wind turbines taller than 125 feet within three miles of city limits. The FHSU wind turbines would be built in a large field area used for agricultural studies.

HAYS, Kan. -- Officials from Fort Hays State University need a zoning change to move forward with a wind energy project.

University leaders want to build two or three wind turbines on the southwest corner of the FHSU campus. University president Dr. Edward Hammond says they have asked the Hays Area Planning Commission to waive zoning regulations to allow the turbines.

Currently, Hays regulations do not allow wind turbines taller than 125 feet within three miles of city limits. The FHSU wind turbines would be built in a large field area used for agricultural studies.

Hammond says work on the project started three years ago with a wind energy assessment. He says adding the turbines would save the university between $600,000 and $800,000 a year.

If the city approves the changes, the turbines could go up sometime next year. Planning commissioners are expected to talk about the issue next month.

HAYS, Kan. -- Officials from Fort Hays State University need a zoning change to move forward with a wind energy project.

University leaders want to build two or three wind turbines on the southwest corner of the FHSU campus. University president Dr. Edward Hammond says they have asked the Hays Area Planning Commission to waive zoning regulations to allow the turbines.

Currently, Hays regulations do not allow wind turbines taller than 125 feet within three miles of city limits. The FHSU wind turbines would be built in a large field area used for agricultural studies.

Hammond says work on the project started three years ago with a wind energy assessment. He says adding the turbines would save the university between $600,000 and $800,000 a year.

If the city approves the changes, the turbines could go up sometime next year. Planning commissioners are expected to talk about the issue next month.


Source: http://www.kansascw.com/Glo...

APR 21 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/25829-fort-hays-state-university-wants-zoning-change-for-wind-turbines
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