Articles from Kansas
St. Louis-based wind farm developer Wind Capital Group LLC is looking to sell its remaining wind farms as its Ireland-based parent shifts focus to Europe.
A 750-mile interstate power line promises to deliver wind-generated electricity to Columbia at nearly half the price the city now pays. But the savings cannot be certain until the line is built and contracts are proposed.
An issue raised in the dispute was a property reclassification of wind turbine sites that increased the assessed ad valorem tax on those properties. The wind farm argued it was being taxed, even though the county assessed the higher taxes only to landowners.
A state representative and a senator told a Wichita Republican audience Friday that they think they’ll have more success next year in repealing a law that requires Kansas public utilities to get some of their power from wind.
Taking land for the public good is one thing, landowners named in an eminent domain hearing said, but they suspect the power is being abused to benefit investors in other states.
Gayle said he started taking a hard look at the project after hearing a presentation by developer Rex Savage at a Florence City Council meeting. “There’s a lot of loose ends here, a lot of questions to be answered,” Gayle said.
Conclusion: the wind industry in Kansas, its existence and survival, is purely political in nature. It exists only because of government mandate and significant government subsidy. Isn’t it time to move from the political to the analytical? It’s not simple; It’s not free; It’s expensive; It’s complicated.
Much of the spending on the issue came from Americans for Prosperity, whose session-long bid to repeal the standards ended with the House's 60-63 vote on the last day of the session, May 2.
You cannot deliver wind energy standalone — rather, it must “merge” into existing base load, whatever the source. That merging and “demerging,” when the wind dies suddenly, presents special grid-balancing challenges to base-load providers, which adds to the cost of electricity.
Disappointment and frustration, that’s how city commissioners describe the challenge of what was supposed to be a money-saver for citizens of El Dorado. Instead, commissioners say its been a series of trial and error trying to get it to work consistently.
“I can’t think of an industry that is better connected politically in getting favors from the state and federal government than wind energy, ethanol and all the green energies.” said Christine Harbin Hanson, of the Americans for Prosperity.
Among the regulars are pelicans, wood ducks, trumpeter swans, blue-winged teals, sandhill cranes, blue herons, snow geese and smaller shorebirds such as the killdeer. After a layover, they ride the updraft from wind hitting the nearby Loess Hills, formed thousands of years ago from wind-blown soil. Now a company wants to capture that same wind by building Missouri’s largest wind farm nearby.
House members voted 63-60 against advancing a bill that would gradually end the state’s renewable portfolio standard, or RPS, which requires the state’s utility companies to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020.
The revised legislation keeps the current 10 percent requirement and allows the 15 percent requirement to run from 2016 to 2021. But after that, the RPS would sunset, explained Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona ...Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, accepted Knox’s offer.
The Grain Belt Express (GBE) "Clean Line" is a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line, approximately 750 miles long stretching from western Kansas eastward across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Electrical current carried through the lines will come from new wind turbine farms in Kansas.
The late extension of the federal Production Tax Credit in 2013 resulted in a 92 percent drop in completed installations nationwide ...That tax credit expired at the end of last year, and its future is iffy. In addition, in Kansas, wind energy has come under attack from powerful groups that want to do away with the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, said continuation of the RPS in Kansas would eventually lead to a significant increase in the cost of electricity. "Forty percent increases to the electrical rates to your constituents," said Rhoades ..."Folks, be advised you vote this down people will be hearing about the fact that you allowed their rates to rise," Rhoades said.
The Senate passed a bill 25-15 Tuesday to repeal the renewable energy standards enacted in 2009. The mandate, known as the Renewable Portfolio Standards, require the state's utility companies to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would repeal the state's renewable energy standards. "Let's repeal this mandate and allow the free market system to work," said state Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe.
[The RPS] is not needed anymore,” said Mike O’Neal, president of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. “I’d make an argument that it never was needed.” The RPS statute requires that utility companies get 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2015, and O’Neal said they’ve already reached that point. “Time to take the training wheels off. We don’t need the RPS anymore.”