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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 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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An advocate for wind energy says state and federal policies have led to a surge in wind development in Kansas. Kimberly Svaty, with the Wind Coalition, says a multi-year agreement on federal wind power tax credits and an agreement on tax policy at the state level have helped the industry grow.

Wind power development can ebb and flow with tax policies, but Svaty says favorable policies have helped develop nine new wind projects in Kansas during the last year.

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Westar Energy has signed up for added wind energy in south central Kansas.

A Kansas electric utility has announced a new wind power contract in south-central Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Westar Energy said Thursday in a release the company has a deal with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources to buy 200 megawatts of wind energy west of Wichita.

The deal is for power produced by the Kingman Wind Energy Center in Kingman County, a wind farm that's expected to be in service in early 2017.

Westar Energy To Finance New Wind Farm In Ford County

Dec 24, 2015
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Westar Energy, Kansas' largest electricity provider, is financing a new wind farm in Ford County.

The California-based company Infinity Wind Power will construct a nearly 300-megawatt wind farm near Dodge City, Kansas. The $435 million project is expected to take about a year to complete.

Once the wind farm is operational, Westar Energy will take over, bringing the company’s total renewable energy output to 1,500 megawatts.

Part of the wind turbines used for the wind farm will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Hutchinson.

US Congress Renews Wind Energy Tax Credit

Dec 18, 2015
Sean Sandefur

The Production Tax Credit, which kicks back millions of dollars to companies investing in wind energy, has been renewed by Congress.

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday that is likely to be signed into law by President Obama.

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A report from the American Wind Energy Association ranks Kansas sixth in the country for wind energy capacity.

The wind energy sector in Kansas has been busy over the last three months. According to the American Wind Energy Association, more than 200 megawatts worth of wind turbines came on-line in the third quarter of this year.

The state previously ranked ninth in the nation for total wind energy capacity, but now ranks sixth, and more wind farms are underway.

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The Siemens plant in Hutchinson will soon provide more than 60 nacelles for a new wind farm in Oklahoma.  

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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