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About 100 people heard diverse viewpoints on wind energy at an Osage County Board of Adjustment public hearing Thursday, but the board approved a conditional use permit for the next wind farm to be built in the Tallgrass Prairie region with little fanfare.
When an energy company proposes building gigantic turbines within eight miles of the refuge’s idyllic site, members become concerned. That’s the situation with the $400 million, 300-megawatt Diamond Vista Wind Farm, under construction in Dickinson and Marion counties.
If the company proceeds with the project, based on information provided at a public open house in December, it appears most of it will be within the zoned portion of the county and thus require a conditional use permit. To obtain such a permit would require public hearings before the county planning board and commission.
Wind power also creates a waste product that is dumped on neighbors. That waste is the light flicker and rhythmic thumping that travels to the next property owner. The harm caused by this waste is real and sometimes severe. It is absurd and offensive for the wind industry to claim these effects are imaginary.
This is the second wind farm NextEra will construct in Pratt County. The Ninnescah Energy Wind Farm is located in the southeast quadrant of the county and has been in operation for over a year. The New wind farm will be Pratt Energy Wind Farm.
NextEra will apply for a second wind farm in Pratt County. They will meet with the County Planning and Zoning Board at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Pratt County Fairgrounds.
But because of those exemptions, almost $630 million of wind-farm equipment will never be taxed. If it were, it would generate around $82 million a year for the 24 rural counties with wind farms.
Wind farms have offered less of an economic boon than the industry had promised ...“Some studies produced by consultants assumed larger spillovers from the wind projects to the local economy. Our research showed that the spillovers were likely to be much smaller than their assumptions.” [T]he majority of the economic effect of wind farms benefits local landowners who lease plots to the farms.
Executives of seven wind energy companies pressed Gov. Sam Brownback to lobby the state’s congressional delegation in opposition to a cut in a federal tax credit that could derail $1.5 billion in planned projects across Kansas.
In December, the county commissioner overturned a recommendation by the Sumner County Planning Commission to deny a permit. The commission denied the permit by a 5-3 vote two weeks earlier ...However, Mott cited in a 20-page ruling issued on Sept. 21, that the Commissioners lacked the jurisdiction to approve such a permit and overturn the Planning Commision.
An attorney for a group of landowners who didn't want the wind farm says he learned of the judge's ruling late Thursday. He explains the District Court judge ruled the paperwork for the wind farm was improperly copied from a similar proposal developed last year.
Friday’s announcement marks the second mass layoff at the plant since it opened in 2010. The first was in September 2012, when its then German-based owner which built the plant, Siemens AG, cut employment from its all-time high of some 400 workers down to 152. Within 9 months, however, employment had returned to about 300.
Landowners blew through a gust of grievances on un-built wind farms Monday years after they signed leases — or, in one case, after construction started on property where a lease was never signed. One landowner, Sandy Sellers, told Marion County commissioners he never signed a lease, yet Windborne Energy still performed work on his property against his will.
With the wind turbine standing over 400 feet tall, crews said the fire was impossible to reach. Sylvan Grove Fire Chief Marc Lovin says there isn't anything his firefighters can do but let the turbine burn.
There is security video and it showed the turbine working normally one minute then falling over the next, Newhold said.
Nearly 60 Sumner County residents are named in the suit, which claims the project was ramrodded through without residents being properly notified of hearings.
By a 2-1 vote Tuesday morning, the Sumner County Commissioners approved the Argyle Creek Wind Energy Project which will place approximately 60 to 65 wind turbines in the northwest portion of the county.
A Pratt County farmer has filed a suit in federal court seeking to prevent a new wind farm in Pratt County from starting up because of the risk he believes it poses to Whooping Cranes. Edwin Petrowsky, a former member of the Pratt County Zoning Commission, filed the suit Nov. 23 seeking temporary and permanent injunctions against NextEra Energy Resources.
The U.S. Department of Labor has opened a second investigation at a Pratt County wind farm after two workers were injured in separate incidents in less than a week. The latest incident happened Wednesday night after a 4-pound bolt fell and struck Blattner Energy employee Gary Newman on the head – knocking him unconscious. ...NextEra Energy Resources contracted with Blattner Energy to be the general contractor for the construction site.
On arrival, deputies were told one of the workers had fallen about 126 feet from the turbine and landed on his back in the mud below. ...Another worker was trapped for about 30 minutes, hanging by his safety harness.