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Energy
4:09 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Wind Power Compromise Would Eliminate The Kansas Renewable Energy Standard

Governor Brownback and lawmakers unveil the compromise.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The wind power industry, free-market business groups, the governor and lawmakers have unveiled a compromise to overhaul the Kansas renewable energy standard. As Stephen Koranda reports, it would remove the mandate that 20 percent of power generation come from renewable sources and replace it with a voluntary goal.

Some advocacy groups get something they’ve wanted, eliminating the mandate for renewable energy. Mike O’Neal is president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

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Energy
4:59 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Siemens Receives An Order Of 21 Wind Turbines For Kansas Project

Siemens says it has received an order to supply 21 wind turbines to the Alexander wind project, 120 miles northwest of Wichita.

The Hutchinson-based company says it has reached a deal with NJR Clean Energy Ventures for the 48-megawatt project.

The $85 million-dollar wind farm is expected to be operational by this fall.

The turbine's generator housing will be assembled at its facility in Hutchinson, and the blades will be manufactured in Fort Madison, Iowa.

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Energy
3:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Westar Energy Expands Renewable Energy Portfolio

Westar Energy is adding to its renewable energy portfolio through a new wind farm, while retiring two older natural gas plants in Wichita. KMUW's Deborah Shaar has the story.

Westar announced Tuesday that it plans to buy wind energy from a new wind farm going up in two western Kansas counties.

The Cedar Bluff wind farm is expected to be running by the end of 2015. It’ll provide Westar with 200 megawatts of electricity.

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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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