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NextEra Energy has constructed two meteorological evaluation towers, or met towers, to measure wind speed on properties in Washington Township in DeKalb County. However, the township’s board president and other neighbors believe NextEra constructed those towers illegally.
Mckim said the federal tax credits are what allows Nodaway County, and even Missouri as a whole, to become viable. “The stand-alone project may be viable, may be profitable, but it may not be as profitable as another location,” ...McKim said those tax credits allow Nodaway County to be in the wind business.
The company said that the gradual sunset of wind production tax credits starting after 2020 is “certainly a key consideration” that adds some urgency to its push to build up its wind resources.
This company will bully you with lawsuits if they don’t get their way and does nothing to alleviate problems caused ( our local TV signals have been scrambled and my close neighbor has had sound readings of 90-plus decibels recorded from her driveway even though we have a zoning limit of 50).
The meeting’s attendees had the goal in mind of keeping tax revenues from the proposed High Prairie wind farm project in Adair and Schuyler counties, rather than disbursing the tax benefit across the state of Missouri. Because the project will be purchased by Ameren Missouri, a public utility company, after its construction, its taxes would currently be assessed at the state level.
Though still a long way from fruition — or even a concrete application — the prospect of up to about 50 turbines and 200 megawatts has already stoked debate across some of the surrounding farms and growing bedroom communities of Monroe County.
Members of the Missouri Public Service Commission heard from members of the public on the possible positives and pitfalls of a proposal to bring a wind farm to Adair and Schuyler counties at a meeting Tuesday in Schuyler County’s elementary school.
Opposition in Missouri has been fierce as landowners along the proposed route have organized and fought regulatory approvals needed by Grain Belt to bypass landowners. Jennifer Gatrel, a spokeswoman for the landowners’ group, said though Tuesday’s ruling is a setback, her members believe they will ultimately be successful in their fight against the Grain Belt project.
“The overall purpose is to listen to people’s issues with wind energy, both good and bad,” said Joe Lear, Extension’s Northwest Missouri director. “It is really trying to gauge people’s feelings and tell their story a bit ... We’re prepared to listen.” The prospects of more wind farms locating in the state also factored into the planning, he added. He said DeKalb and Atchison counties were both chosen for the meetings based on their number of wind turbines.
Paul Agathen, a lawyer who is spending his retirement representing the opponents without charge, disputed the characterization that the ruling leaves counties with little or no discretion. More litigation may be needed to determine where the line lies, he said.
Carroll said the county had other options at its disposal for pursuing economic development. “There are a lot of other businesses we could have had,” he said. The wind farms, he continued, have been divisive for DeKalb County.
JEFFERSON CITY – Different sides reacted Wednesday to the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a wind energy project.
A long-stalled proposal for a multi-state electric transmission line was thrown a lifeline Tuesday, when the Missouri Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state regulators erred in rejecting the project based on a controversial legal precedent.
The $2.3 billion project would carry power harnessed from the wind-whipped plains of western Kansas on a 780-mile (1,255 kilometer) trek across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into an electric grid in Indiana that serves the eastern U.S.
The state’s Office of Public Counsel and the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission are skeptical. They don’t trust Empire’s estimates of the future price of wind on the wholesale market, and they maintain that the utility has structured the deal so that the tax-equity investor – as yet unnamed – will be paid off during the first 10 years, leaving only crumbs behind for ratepayers.
It's one of the longest transmission lines proposed in the U.S. But it was rejected last year by Missouri utility commissioners whom Nixon appointed. The state Public Service Commission cited a state appeals court ruling in a separate case that determined a utility first must get approval from local governments to string power lines across roads before the state regulatory commission can grant permission.
Ex-Missouri governor urges court to allow wind-energy line
"It's all backed by greed. the almighty dollar. with disregard to human lives and the wild life and it's devastating. our hearts are broken," Kim Tindel said.
The company plans to pursue an equity partnership that would take advantage of $800 million in federal tax incentives for the project, making Empire's total investment $700 million. Empire would also retire its coal-fired plant in Asbury more than 15 years early.