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Buchanan County commissioners in northwest Missouri are working toward enacting regulations for wind energy, which has become a controversial issue for county residents. No wind farm has located in Buchanan County, but some companies have shown interest.
The possible development of industrial wind turbines in northern Boone County has left landowners debating whether to support the cause. E.ON Climate & Renewables is looking to generate electricity with these turbines on land they would rent from local residents. The farm could encompass up to 20,000 acres, according to previous Missourian reporting.
The appeal by the Missouri Landowners Association hinges on whether cash and easements should satisfy a requirement that companies own property in the state. It’s the latest legal hurdle for the long-embattled transmission project. If built, the Grain Belt Express would move as much as 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana border.
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Terra-Gen officials are focused on having amendments passed to Schuyler County’s zoning laws. Language added in 1990 does not allow building permits to construct wind farms. ...opponents to the project found the zoning language, which county officials were not aware existed.
Members of the Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission discussed a draft of proposed wind farm regulations during their meeting Tuesday.
In addition to changing property taxes, the bill would also establish a task force — three members from the House, three from the Senate, and two from county government with experience in wind energy valuations — to hold hearings and conduct research on wind farms that will be presented to the General Assembly by the end of 2019.
The majority of the area where E.ON would potentially build is currently zoned as agricultural property; wind turbines are typically zoned as industrial. The commission must determine how the wind energy projects would be regulated in the agricultural zoning. Thursday was one of six meetings the commission is dedicating to discussing potential wind farm regulations.
Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved Chicago-based Invenergy’s acquisition of the Grain Belt Express transmission line.
This is the second in a two-part report on a proposal to build a wind farm in Boone County. The first story, which examined the impact of wind farms in northwest Missouri, published online on Monday.
This is the first in a two-part report on a proposal to build a wind farm in Boone County. The second story will publish online Tuesday.
A Senate committee advanced a House eminent domain bill — which would be greatly detrimental to the Grain Belt Clean Line project — Monday afternoon.
The Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission is looking to create zoning regulations for future wind farms, though no decisions have been made to allow one in northwest Boone County. The Energy & Environment Commission met with the Planning & Zoning Commission during a work session Tuesday to discuss the future of regulating wind farms in the county.
H.B. 1062 specifically targets the Grain Belt Express, a $2.5 billion direct-current transmission line that would reach from southwest Kansas to the PJM Interconnection LLC grid in Indiana. The line would have 4,000 megawatts of capacity, with 3,500 MW going to PJM and 500 MW to Missouri, part of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) grid.
The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation’s largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents spoke out about the potential of having their property taken for power line projects like the Grain Belt Express during a recent House hearing.
“In light of the recent PSC decision on the Grain Belt Express, the General Assembly will act to protect Missourians from private companies trying to seize their land through eminent domain. The legislation the House is moving forward is vital for many Missourians who otherwise would be forced to allow unreasonable restrictions on their family farms, damaging the value of their land and taking away their private property rights,” Haahr wrote in an official statement this week.
“We’re asking our Missouri farmers and rural areas to give up their land and their rights so that people further east can save on their energy bills? I don’t think that’s good for Missourians,” said Republican Rep. Dean Plocher, the chairman of the committee that advanced the eminent domain legislation. ...At a legislative hearing this week, Marilyn O’Bannon vowed that she and her relatives never would agree to provide easements for the transmission line to pass through about 5 miles of her family’s farmland near Madison.
More than 1,000 wind turbines and associated industries could spring up in western Kansas as a result of the Grain Belt Express. After years of setbacks, the project gained Missouri utility regulators’ approval late last month to proceed.
Thompson said his research has shown that during the last three years there was one day in St. Joseph that had an average daily wind speed of 25 miles per hour and that was in March of 2017. There were around 30 days of wind per year that reached around 15 miles per hour, which produces slightly less than half of their rated capacity, he said. “Many times when the wind blows, it is not at the most beneficial time of day or time of year,” Thompson said.