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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Richard Crowson: Blowing Their Cover

Credit Joseph Novak / Flickr / Creative Commons

Whew! That ol’ Kansas wind! It’s been blowing like crazy lately with gusts up to 35 miles per hour and higher.

It’s been blowing so hard that it completely blew the cover off a couple of Koch subsidiaries.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity were left shivering and coverless by those recent gusts. The Kansas Chamber and Americans for Prosperity are known for their own windy proclamations about jobs and how much they, oh, so sincerely just want what’s best for the Kansas economy.

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Energy
9:41 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Large Turbine Order For Siemens Wind Plant Means 30 More Jobs For Hutchinson

A large order for wind turbines from North Dakota could be good economic news for Hutchinson.

The Siemens Wind plant received an order for 64 of its 3-megawatt direct-drive turbines for a wind farm in North Dakota.

That will mean about 30 new jobs at the Hutchinson plant.

It's the first large order for the direct-drive turbines.

Workers at the Hutchinson plant manufacture the section that holds the wind turbine's generating components, such as the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly.

Energy
9:40 am
Mon February 24, 2014

New Bill Would Allow Input From Farming Interests When Deciding Where Power Lines Are Placed

A bill before the Kansas House would allow farming interests to have more input into where power lines are placed.

The bill would require power line projects to be reviewed by the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority before they are considered by the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Representative Sharon Schwartz says the bill is in response to the corporation commission's decision to grant approval to Clear Line Energy's plan to build a 700-mile transmission line to carry wind energy to the east.

Energy
9:01 am
Mon December 16, 2013

NextEra Energy Looks To Build Wind Farm In Douglas County

A Florida-based developer is exploring the possibility of building a wind farm in Douglas County.

NextEra Energy Resources is looking for sites to place meteorological towers to measure the wind in the area. Company spokesman Steve Stengel says the measurements will determine if a Douglas County project would be economically feasible.

He says the company also wants to find out if there are enough landowners willing to sell easements on their land for wind turbines to make a project possible.

Wind Energy
5:40 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Plans For NW Kansas Wind Farm Advance

Plans for a 200-megawatt wind farm in northwest Kansas are moving forward with approval of three key agreements by the Ellis County Commission.

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Energy
9:03 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Wind Energy Tax Credit Divides KS Lawmakers

Wind energy tax credits help make wind power more affordable, and have boosted the industry in states like Kansas. But those credits are set to expire at the end of the year, and lawmakers from Kansas disagree on what should be done.

Wichita Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo said last week that the federal government supporting wind energy with tax credits is an intrusion into the economy. Pompeo says opposition is growing and he's arguing to let the credit expire.

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Energy
12:32 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

KCC Holds Hearings On 600,000-Watt Power Line Proposal

Proposed Grain Belt Express route through Kansas.
Credit Clean Line Energy

The Kansas Corporation Commission is hosting a series of hearings regarding a massive power line that will cross Kansas and deliver electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The Grain Belt Express line will cross Russell and Osborne counties and send 600,000 volts of electricity from wind farms. The Kansas Corporation Commission already has found the project to be in the public interest. The hearings will focus on its location.

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Energy
7:34 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Report: Kansas Among Fastest Growing Wind Markets

A new government report shows Kansas is among the largest and fastest-growing wind energy markets in the country.

The Energy Department says Kansas ranks third among all U.S. states in the percentage of in-state electricity generation from wind power.

The state installed more than 1,400 megawatts of new wind power capacity in 2012; Kansas' total capacity is now 2,713 megawatts.

The department says that Kansas now has enough capacity to generate more than 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

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Energy
7:51 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Fort Hays State Installs Wind Turbines to Generate 97% Of Campus Power

Construction of the wind turbines on FHSU's campus.
Credit The Hays Post

Fort Hays State University will begin generating most of its electricity from wind turbines by the end of the summer.

After more than six years of planning and a $9 million investment, work crews are installing two 400-foot wind turbines at the university in Hays. Crews started installing the first turbine last week.

Fort Hays President Edward Hammond says the turbines should be operational by Aug. 1.

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Energy
2:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bill To Roll Back Tougher Green Energy Standards Stalls In House Committee

Gray County Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kan.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

A new effort to roll back new green energy standards in Kansas utilities has stalled in the state Legislature. 

The House Energy and Environment Committee  tabled a bill today that would put off a requirement for utilities to generate at least 20 percent of its energy with renewable resources by the year 2020.  The tabled bill would rolled back the standard to 15 percent, not 20.

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