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As Kansas, Missouri keep building wind, some communities look to regulate

Last year, NextEra added 120 turbines in neighboring Nemaha County, Kansas, surrounding Centralia and Corning. That neighboring wind farm, which began operations in 2020, was a warning to some residents of Marshall County, who say the looming turbines, blinking red lights, engine humming and whooshing sounds when the blades rotate past the turbine’s tower will diminish their quality of life.
30 May 2021

County commissioners ban commercial wind energy

The Buchanan County Commission approved and adopted a recommendation from the county's Planning and Zoning Commission to incorporate a total commercial wind energy ban Thursday. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a work session on Feb. 19  and recommended the total ban by a vote of 8-4. 
12 Mar 2020

Missouri county is a step closer to banning wind energy projects

Friends of Buchanan County argued wind power turbines made for a poor fit in a densely-populated county. It advocated a ban, but also gathered more than 700 signatures on petitions that called for a mile setback from property lines for commercial wind developments if the county did adopt regulations, a requirement which would have been difficult for any wind energy company to meet.
20 Feb 2020

County sets wind hearings

The Buchanan County Commission has set dates in mid-January for two public hearings concerning a proposed wind energy ordinance. Officials have said such a document is a necessary precursor, with a Florida firm expressing its potential interest in constructing a wind farm in the county.
26 Dec 2019

Safety at the forefront of Boone County's wind-energy regulations discussion

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. 
7 Jun 2019

Nodaway County moves forward with wind farm

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.
24 Oct 2018

Crucial months ahead for wind energy issue

Once the hearings are complete, it will be up to the zoning commission to use the information and formulate the amendments they wish to propose. The amendments previously proposed by Concerned Citizens and Shatto Milk could be used as a guide, approved in part or full, tweaked or even tossed aside.
5 Aug 2016

Zoning hears testimony on noise, setbacks

Concerned Citizens for the Future of Clinton and DeKalb Counties, which is joined by Shatto Milk Company in their support for stricter wind energy regulations, presented two expert witnesses before the zoning commission on Thursday afternoon – Kevon Martis and Robert Rand. Both offered their testimony under various objections from Polsinelli’s Seth Wright, who served as the lead legal counsel on NextEra’s side.
14 Jul 2016

Process begins for hearings in wind turbine debate

For nearly seven hours on the evening of Thursday, June 16 – and then into the small hours of Friday morning – the Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission heard testimony and evidence concerning three areas of wind turbine siting and operations: decommissioning, shadow flicker and blade glint.
23 Jun 2016

Schedule presented for wind presentations

The planning and zoning commission is currently working under a moratorium on all wind energy permit applications to the county, which will expire in December, or sooner should planning and zoning resolve the issue before then. Any amendments approved by planning and zoning would then go on to the Clinton County Commissioners, who would need to sign off on those amendments.
10 Jun 2016

Court says solar panels must go

The appellate court found the association’s restrictive covenants were for the legitimate purpose of “ensuring preservation and enhancement of property values, desirability, and attractiveness of the subdivision are met.” The judges identified two neighbors who are having difficulties attributed to the solar panels and found reasonable evidence that at least one homeowner sustained a negative property value impact.
20 Apr 2016
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