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Changes to the landscape are inevitable. But farmers shouldn’t be conscripted to serve a climate-change agenda. States should think twice before granting the power of eminent domain to developers of renewable-energy projects, who should have to negotiate with individual landowners like everybody else.
Tradewind Energy based in Lenexa, Kansas, is planning to build around 150 wind turbines that are about 500 feet tall as part of the Rock Creek Wind Project covering 30,000 acres of land. The turbines will be placed between the city of Tarkio in the center of the county and Tarkio Prairie Conservation Area in the eastern part of the county.
“We probably wouldn’t have bought (land) if we’d known it (the wind farm) might be something right outside the window,” said Ron Hayter, a property owner in Colfax Township. “It’s not fair how it’s being handled, especially when three of the four zoning board people having contracts.”
Grain Belt has stated it will continue trying to get permission to build. The company is currently engaged in a legal battle in Illinois attempting to obtain eminent domain authority. Several legal groups, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, and individual landowners, have legally opposed the project.
Nearly 90 people crammed into the community room of the Clinton County Courthouse last Thursday evening, not to see the county’s Planning and Zoning board rule on an issue, but to hear the opinion of perhaps the county’s most prominent business. ...In July, the Planning and Zoning Board denied a request from Tower Associates – a subsidiary of NextEra Energy – to build and operate meteorological test towers in northern Clinton County. Since that decision, Tower Associates or Next Era have yet to file an appeal with the county.
Should the developers of the Grain Belt Express seek to move forward with the multi-state wind line project, it could include filings with the appellate court in Missouri. In a 3-1 vote, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied a rehearing to reexamine if the multi-state wind-power project should be granted a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN). According to an Aug. 12 order, Clean Line Energy did not demonstrate “sufficient reason to rehear the matter.”
Shatto fears a wind energy project proposed for the region by NextEra Energy, based in Florida. Shatto says a wind turbine would be erected less than a half-mile from his farm. "That's very scary to us," he said. "Anything that comes about, whether it's noise, whether it's electricity, that can all put stress on the dairy animals."
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.