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Sunflower Electric proposes facility for SW Kansas

But Watkins said the real benefit of the center would be its economic impact on southwest Kansas, where alternative energy is becoming a major industry. Several biofuel plants are already under construction and wind farms are increasingly gaining traction. "The real benefit is rural development," Watkins said. "When the (rural) economy grows, our customer base grows. We're all connected at the hip."
26 Aug 2006

County wind-farm proposal discussed

Angela Krummel-Buzard, McPherson planning and zoning administrator, and C. Bickley Foster, a planning consultant, presented a proposal for the resolution pertaining to regulations regarding commercial and energy projects. The electric wind farm station regulation proposal was discussed during the McPherson County planning board and board of zoning appeals meeting Monday.
25 Aug 2006

Energy summit draws crowd to hear experts

Several audience members asked questions and made comments during the forum. Tyler McNeal, Stilwell, said the search for energy should not encroach on America's shrinking tall grass prairie, including in the Flint Hills of Kansas. "Tall grass prairie is considered one of the most important ecological systems in North America; that compares to the rain forest," McNeal said. "I'm concerned that this important, fragile ecosystem is threatened by the development, for instance, of industrial wind turbine complexes."
17 Aug 2006

Sunflower Wind Farm Contract Canceled

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."
8 Jul 2006

Wind farm money plan

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.”
4 Jul 2006
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