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TOPEKA, Kan. – Reversing a state appeals court, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that utilities cannot charge higher rates for customers who partially produce their own energy via solar or wind power.
The county has delayed for at least a month a Reno County Planning Commission discussion of regulations on wind energy conversion systems or commercial wind farms due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
Kansas’ position as the nation’s top wind energy producer in terms of electricity generation adds pressure to expand transmission infrastructure to reduce in-state congestion and push power to urban centers to the east, a wind industry analyst said Monday.
Contractors and landowners who hired on for the construction of wind turbines in the Prairie Queen turbine generation field in Allen County have gotten their first lesson in the economic morals of wind farms. That lesson is this: If they don’t want to pay you what they owe, they just don’t.
Kansas will begin issuing new personalized license plates Wednesday that celebrate the state’s status as a power player for renewable energy. The new design features wind turbines profiled against a sunrise.
Tensions heighten with Bourbon County residents as they go before commissioners to voice their concern with the Jayhawk Wind Farm Project.
Burns stressed the need to press county commissioners to adopt a county zoning plan that set regulations and guidelines for wind farm development. He said everyone has the right to do what they want with their own property, but that right only extends to the point it damages someone else’s rights. Lori Lovelace, a local appraiser, said from appraisals she had done in Coffey County, where a wind farm was constructed several years ago, and from other appraisals she had seen done of properties near wind farms, home values saw a reduction of some 20 percent.
The most recent figures available, from a 2017 study by Flatland, a Kansas City-based public broadcasting system, show payments to counties range from $1,000 to $6,500 per megawatt produced. Marion County’s agreements place it near the bottom for payments for wind farms in the state.
“I’d like to ask again that we put a moratorium on wind farms,” commissioner Dianne Novak said. “I know there’s another wind farm out and about signing leases.” Novak said she thought the commission should adopt an article earlier written for planning and zoning regulations that set wind farm overlay districts.
The commission has, however, created a five-member citizen advisory committee to research the idea and make recommendations on things like setbacks. They've also signed a moratorium on wind farms, that makes it so no county resources can be used for construction for at least a year.
An Expedition Wind Farm opponent was arrested Thursday after surveyors staking property in preparation for wind farm construction were reportedly greeted with gunshots.
Expedition’s proposed of er pays twice the rate paid to Marion by Diamond Vista A draft of the proposed agreement between Marion County and developers of a proposed wind farm shows the company is offering twice the per-megawatt rate the county is paid by Diamond Vista wind farm in the northern portion of the county. The proposed rate is $1,800 per megawatt over the first 10 years the wind farm operates.
County commissioners were met with a packed meeting room as they approved a conditional use permit and voted to change the language in zoning rules. Both moves make way for the Expedition Wind Farm.
Commissioners Gary Scoby, Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry unanimously approved Resolution 2019-8, which states the commissioners will not hear any requests to use roads, infrastructure and other public areas of Nemaha County for a period of six months. The commissioners can vote again at that time to extend the moratorium again if needed. This resolution does not apply to the Soldier Creek Wind Farm Development, which is currently being negotiated between Nemaha County and NextEra Energy Resources.
Labette County, Kansas adopted a 1-year moratorium prohibiting the construction of any wind turbine projects for one-year ending November 7, 2020. The resolution can be accessed by clicking the document link(s) on this page.
Like birds poised for light, the blades of many wind turbines at Diamond Vista Wind Farm in northern Marion County have not been turning for a while.
A Friday county commission meeting to discuss road maintenance issues with Enel Green Power, the company developing Diamond Vista wind farm in the northern section of the county, and talk to Expedition Wind about future development of a wind farm in the southern portion of the county stayed civil despite a packed house.
Commissioner’s ‘apparent collaboration’ with wind farm opponents an issue in lawsuit
Hass wants the county to form a committee to study the issue and present findings and a recommended course of action to the commission. He also hoped the county could enact a moratorium for a year to allow the education process to progress, though he didn’t know if such action was possible.
The Parsons Planning Commission voted 5-1 in a special meeting Thursday evening to recommend the city commission approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would limit the height of wind turbines to 200 feet, including blade length, in the extraterritorial area. The planners didn’t want an outright ban of all turbines because some residents outside the city may want to install their own residential units, which are much smaller than those for commercial use.