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HAYS - After shelving its plans to build a wind energy facility in Wichita County, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. announced Monday it will build a fourth coal-powered plant near Holcomb.
Earl Watkins, Sunflower's President and CEO, commenting on the announcement said, "We worked long and hard to make this wind farm a reality, but in the end, the economics of this project were simply not attractive to the investment community."
The county will be receiving a $150,000 annual gift from the windfarm.... Funds “shall be divided annually in equal amounts,” according to the resolution, “whereas one-third will be utilized for community projects, one-third for economic development projects and one-third for general fund reserves.”
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday reorganized the state's energy council, adding three agencies to begin tackling consumption and alternative fuels issues.
Wind farm operators do not pay property taxes under a state incentive aimed at fostering development of renewable energy. The money is meant as a gift, in lieu of the taxes KCP&L otherwise would have to pay.
The bill provides a 10 percent income tax credit, accelerated depreciation and property tax relief to energy companies expanding or locating new facilities in Kansas on projects up to $500 million. The credit moves to 5 percent if the project exceeds that cost.
Funds are now in place to begin a four-year study to establish what impacts, if any, wind power facilities have on prairie-chicken demography and population genetics.
HAYS, Kan. - As interest in wind farms expands across Kansas, researchers are working to see how some of the state's native wildlife, particularly prairie chickens, are affected by the farms' huge turbines.
Still, wind developers aren't holding their breath, noting the project's time frame - it's set to be completed by 2011 - and other factors that bode against use of the network to transmit wind energy anytime soon.
Proposed power plants in Kansas and Missouri have become targets of environmentalists who are fighting to halt a new wave of coal-fired units.
SALINA, Kan. - The debate over the future of western Kansas as a source of renewable wind energy ranges from those who call it "ridiculous" to those who "don't see any drawbacks to it at all."
CONCORDIA — In some ways, Raymond Kindel is on the leading edge of energy technology. Horizon Wind
AMARILLO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2006--Xcel Energy has issued a request for proposals for about 40,500 megawatt-hours of annual renewable energy or renewable energy certificates to be generated from renewable technologies other than wind turbines.
Wind turbines in Gray County are silhouetted against the setting sun in this 2004 file photo. The turbines shut down automatically when wind gusts are up to about 56 mph.
MONTEZUMA - Wind-powered energy farms can get too much of a good thing.
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After two years of traveling and stays in 12 galleries around the state, “Homage to the Flint Hills,” an exhibit of 37 pieces of art (mostly paintings and photographs), will make its last stop at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum March 14-May 31.
Ford County will soon be able to harness the Kansas wind with the construction of a wind farm north of Spearville.
On Feb. 15, Larry Patton testified in opposition to HB 2842 (creating a "wind energy stimulus package"), and in opposition to RPS, eminent domain, and other incentives for wind development in the Flint Hills, before the House Utilities Committee.
"Homage to the Flint Hills," an exhibit of 37 paintings and photographs inspired by the Flint Hills of Kansas, is now touring across the state and will be at the Erman B. White Gallery on the campus of Butler Community College from Feb. 3 - March 4. An opening reception will be held on February 4 from 3 -6 p.m.
The regulations also have guidelines to follow. Among the guidelines is limiting location. Wind turbines cannot be placed in the following: areas that have potential for biological and/or environmental conflicts, where there are large and intact areas of native vegetation, in places that would interfere with important wildlife movement corridors and staging areas, sites that are readily visible from state-designated scenic byways or popular vistas, sites that require construction activities on steep slopes and sites with potentially sensitive cultural or historical resources.