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More than two dozen Reno County residents asked the County Commission Tuesday to impose a 12-month moratorium on development of commercial wind farms in the county. However, officials with NextEra Energy – which is in the midst of developing a 220-megawatt wind farm in the southeast quadrant of the county – warned that a moratorium would kill the project.
A pair of representatives for Enel Green Power and a pair from Kirkham Michael were asked to appear before county commissioners Monday to discuss concerns about roads surrounding the Diamond Vista wind farm.
No applications for conditional-use permits in connection with commercial wind turbine projects will be accepted for an indefinite period, said Rick Witte McPherson County Administrator. The move was done to allow a comprehensive review of the impact commercial wind turbines may have on the county’s new E-911 emergency system.
With the wind farm project nearly complete, Jon Halbgewachs, senior vice-president at Kirkham Michael Engineereing in Ellsworth, spoke with Marion County Commissioners Monday about roads near the construction areas.
The Fishers say Apex Clean Energy’s plan is blowing up a storm that would block his airstrip with 500- to 600-foot-tall wind turbines near the north and south ends of his property, by leasing adjacent pastureland from other landowners. The turbines would eliminate his ability to use his airstrip. Fisher said he doesn’t believe it is fair that Apex can deprive him of the ability to enjoy his land.
Efforts are in progress to locate 90 to 110 wind turbines — although 208 have been filed — gigantic windmills, in a large area just north and northeast of McPherson ...Some things to keep in mind.
As many as two dozen people attended and discussed the project for about 2 ½ hours. Some opponents said Apex Clean Energy, the company developing the project, was not forthcoming with information or was misleading.
Apex representatives have said they have not determined how many wind turbines could be installed, or where the sites would be. Elsworth said the company has planned sites for 121 turbines on an application to the Federal Aviation Administration.
A payment in lieu of taxes agreement signed Tuesday by county commissioners will yield an annual donation of $900 per megawatt to the county but will be adjusted for money the wind farm pays in expenses. “The county will receive at least $100,000 per year."
The Diamond Vista Wind Farm, stretching from Roxbury to Dickinson County, received heavy approval in November, but the opinion of some has soured since then.
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.