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US Congress Renews Wind Energy Tax Credit

Dec 18, 2015
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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.  

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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