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Wind energy groups are praising the recently passed tax bill for keeping in place the renewable energy production tax credit. 

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Water remains a key priority for members of the Kansas Farm Bureau, who approved their 2018 legislative agenda Tuesday.

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The tax reform bill passed Nov. 16 by the U.S. House could slow development in the wind energy sector by reopening a two-year-old deal.

One industry leader says they’ll need the Senate in their court to protect their current agreement, which phases out production and investment tax credits through 2020.

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Environmental regulations and commitments to address global warming are certainly not on terra firma. The Trump administration has vowed to ease emissions controls for power plants and to get coal miners back to work.

The Jeffrey Energy Center, in St. Mary’s, Kansas, near Topeka, is one such coal-fired power plant.

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A company that manufactures a part of wind turbines is laying off employees at its Hutchinson plant.

Officials with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on Friday announced 140 employees would lose their jobs at its Hutchinson plant in late September.

The Spain-based company says the layoffs were prompted by a reduction in orders.

The Hutchinson News reports the company will employ 190 people after the layoffs.

The company says it is committed to the wind power market and will pursue a capital investment to retool an existing production line in Hutchinson.

Kansas Reaches Milestone In Growing Wind Capacity

Jul 27, 2017
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Kansas continues to be one of the leading states in renewable energy, especially with wind power.

Kansas is the fifth state to have at least 5000 megawatts of wind power capacity installed. The state is behind California, Oklahoma, Iowa and Texas, which has a capacity of a whopping 21,000 megawatts.

Kansans get 30 percent of their power from wind and solar. California is at 16 percent.

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A new report says Kansas is one of five states that were more than 20 percent wind-powered in 2016.

The American Wind Energy Association, which advocates for the wind energy industry, says close to 30 percent of Kansas’ electricity was powered by wind energy last year, ranking it second in the country. According to the data from the federal Energy Information Administration, that’s up from 24 percent the year before.

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Landowners and local leaders on Tuesday celebrated the beginning of the construction of the Kingman Wind Energy Center. The site is near the city of Kingman, about 45 minutes west of Wichita.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other leaders participated in the event, where they signed a 150-foot wind turbine blade that will be used in the project.

John DiDonato, vice president of wind development for Next-Era Energy Resources, says the project will help sustain Kingman County economically and provide clean, renewable energy for generations of Kansans to come.

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A new wind energy project announced today by Gov. Sam Brownback is one of 10 now under construction in Kansas.

The Cimarron Bend project in Clark County will add another 200 wind turbines to the rural landscape in southwest Kansas. But the power produced there will be used by the tech giant Google and the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, Kansas.

BPU general manager Don Gray says wind power has gotten much cheaper in recent years.

Westar Energy Proposes Another Rate Increase

Mar 9, 2016

Westar Energy is proposing an increase in the transmission rate on customers’ bills. That rate pays for what the company spends to transmit power to customers, a fact that Westar says enables the use of cleaner, cheaper electricity in the state.

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