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Saying Missouri officials made multiple errors and did not act “even-handed,” a Houston-based energy company is asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to rehear its application to build a $2.2 billion high-voltage transmission line to carry Kansas wind power across Missouri to Eastern power grids.
The Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Thursday, July 2, during which the group voted 6-1 to deny a request for a special use permit from Tower Associates, LLC – a subsidiary of NextEra Energy – to erect and operate meteorological testing towers in northern Clinton County.
The Missouri Public Service Commission denied a crucial certificate for a multi-state wind-powered transmission line proposal that would pass through Ralls County if built.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
A company’s request to build a power line for a multistate wind energy project that would run through Missouri appears unlikely to gain approval from a state regulatory panel after most members spoke against the plan Tuesday.
The Missouri Public Service Commission discussed Tuesday a multi-state wind-powered transmission line proposal that could traverse Ralls County, and the project’s opponents and proponents are reviewing what the future could hold ahead of a formal vote.
A wind turbine at Iberdrola's Farmers City Wind Power Project in Atchison County Missouri burst into flames. The project uses 73 Gamesa G87 2MW turbines and became operational in 2010.
A turbine at Iberdola Renewables Farmers City wind project was destroyed by flame. This short video was taken approximately 30-45 minutes after the fire reportedly started. The 146 megawatt (MW) project is located in Atchison County, in the northwest corner of Missouri. The 73 Gamesa G87 (2.0 MW) turbines were commissioned in 2009.
The legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives, H.B. 1027, would prevent any electric transmission project from using the power of eminent domain if, among other provisions, the line "is constructed entirely with private funds and users of the line pay for the transmission line." The sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Jim Hansen, said he came up with the idea after residents expressed fears of their private property being seized. ...The staff of the PSC last year recommended that the commission reject approval of the line because Clean Line had allegedly not proved that the line was needed.
Developers of a cross-state transmission line say there is overwhelming demand for capacity to transmit wind power, but opposition still threatens to undermine the project. ...“There’s a saying here in the country that their name is mud, and Clean Line’s name is very dirty in all the impacted counties,” said Jennifer Gatrel, a Caldwell County landowner who heads a group dubbed Block Grain Belt Express Missouri. Disclosures the company submitted to the PSC last week say it had only reached easement agreements with the owners of 45 tracts of property, though it passes through hundreds in the state.
There’s another organization to take into account. Southwest Power Pool, Inc. is the agency that regulates the energy distribution to make sure companies like Smoky Hill Wind Project don’t overload the grid. According to the suit, they’re the ones that prevented the wind energy from getting to Springfield.
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.
For our part, we always felt uneasy about this proposal but joined with others in wanting to defer to the experts. The problem, however, is government oversight of wind farm developers is limited, meaning expert opinions carry less weight. In the end, Element Power withdrew the project rather than try to scale back operations to meet conservationists’ compelling arguments.
Holt County commissioner Mark Sitherwood stated he has been contacted by Element and that the project had recently been canceled. Landowners also received a written 30-day notice of a lease termination that stated Element would be moving the project to another location.
The hearing was the first of a series of public meetings on the project being held across the state. While some in attendance support the jobs, taxes and clean energy that developers promised, coalitions of landowners opposed to the project, most of them wearing neon green T-shirts or stickers that said “Block GBE,” dominated the hearing.
The wind farm could bring economic vitality to the county ...Local landowners would profit from having a turbine on their property. These gains, however, must be balanced against potential losses. Squaw Creek and hunting bring thousands of visitors to the county each year. Forfeiting those benefits could end up costing more than the wind farm would generate.
Last week, several Randolph County landowners told the Moberly Monitor-Index how they felt about Grain Belt Express Clean Line ...The week before, several Monroe County landowners talked about not wanting Clean Line towers on their property, as well. Monroe County commissioners are supporting the wishes of farmers in their county.
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.
As it had indicated last week, the Marion County Commission on Monday approved sending a letter to the Missouri Public Service Commission and officials with Clean Line LLC that details the commissioners’ withdrawal of support for the high-voltage power line project.