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Wind and Prairie Task Force

The Final Report of the Wind and Prairie Task Force was delivered to Governor Sebelius on June 7, 2004.

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The Wind and Prairie task Force (WPTF) was established by the State Energy Resources Coordination Council (SERCC), at the request of Governor Kathleen Sebelius. The task force was charged to develop principles, guidelines, and tools that local entities can use as they address the issues concerning wind-energy development in the Flint Hills and other environmentally sensitive areas (see charge). The WPTF is part of the Council and delivered its final report to the Governor on June 7, 2004.

Task Force Members

Jerry Lonergan, Co-chair, President, Kansas, Inc., Topeka

Jerry Karr, Co-chair, Farmer and former State Senator, Emporia

Rose Bacon, Rancher, Council Grove

Claude Blevins, County zoning administrator, Alma

Sheila Frahm / John Strickler (co-appointment), Kansas Natural Resources Legacy Alliance, Colby / Manhattan

Jan Jantzen, Kansas Flint Hills Adventures, Emporia

Jim Ludwig, Westar Energy, Topeka

Alan Phipps, County commissioner, Matfield Green

Alan Pollom, The Nature Conservancy, Topeka

Richard Porter, Rancher, Reading

Scott Ritchie, Rancher and businessman, Wichita

Richard Seaton, Audubon of Kansas, Manhattan

Jennifer States, Wind developer, Lawrence

Don Stephens, Rancher, Greenwood and Elk counties

Joe Stout, Rancher, Cottonwood Falls

David Yearout, Planning consultant, El Dorado

Monty Wedel, County planner, Manhattan

Ex Officio, Technical Advisory Members

Charles Benjamin, Attorney, Lawrence

Niki Christopher, Attorney, Lawrence

Ryan Dyer, Chair, Prairie Band Potawatomi Energy Committee, Mayetta

Bruce Graham, Kansas Electric Power Cooperatives, Topeka

Mike Irvin,Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan

Ward Jewell, Professor, electrical engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita

Ed Martinko, State Biologist, Lawrence

Robert Robel, Professor emeritus, biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan

SERCC Wind and Prairie Task Force
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Web version June 8, 2004