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2013 Kansas wind energy year-in-review
(KEIN, Dec. 31, 2013)

MidAmerican Energy to buy 448 wind turbines from Kansas factory
(Omaha World-Herald, Dec. 16, 2013)

County puts brakes on wind farms
(Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 13, 2013)

Douglas County may put hold on wind farm development
(Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 9, 2013)

Editorial: Finney Co. EMS contract with wind farm is good for taxpayers
(Garden City Telegram, Nov. 26, 2013)

Eagle deaths: Unprecedented $1 million fine for Wyoming wind farms
(Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 23, 2013)

Updated: Duke Energy Renewables agrees to $1 million in fines for Wyoming eagle deaths
(Casper Star-Tribune, Nov. 22, 2013)

Nebraska to nearly triple wind energy capacity by 2015
(Lincoln Journal-Star, November 14, 2013)

Building of large wind farms could provide major property tax relief, advocates say
(Omaha World-Herald, Nov. 12, 2013)

Nebraska legislators pushing for wind energy
(KVNO Radio News, Nov. 4, 2013)

Blowin' in the wind
(Hutchinson News, Oct. 27, 2013)

NPPD Board rejects plan to purchase more wind power
(Lincoln Journal Star, Oct. 12, 2013)

Wind generation sets record in Southwest Power Pool
(Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Oct. 12, 2013)

NPPD decision on wind energy coming
(Columbus Telegram, Sept. 16, 2013)

Westar Energy requests renewable energy proposals
(Westar Energy Press Release, Aug 22, 2013)

Siemens receives major U.S. wind order
(MRO Magazine, August 20, 2013)

Kansas among fastest growing wind markets in U.S.
(Garden City Telegram, August 8, 2013)

Learning From Kansas: Why Utilities Are Embracing Wind Energy
(North American Windpower, Nov. 20, 2012)

Wind energy powering jobs, revenue, report says
(Lawrence Journal World, Nov. 19, 2012)

Gov. Sam Brownback dedicates Wind Facility
(Kiowa County Signal, Oct. 26, 2012)

Pompeo continues calls for end of wind energy credit
(McPherson Sentinel, October 26, 2012)

Wind projects advance in Ellis Co.
(Hays Daily News, October 25, 2012)

Economist backs wind energy for Nebraska
(Omaha World Herald, Oct. 19, 2012)

Wind propels more than energy in S.D.
(Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Oct. 7, 2012)

GOP is at odds over wind tax credit
(Hutchinson News, Sept. 20, 2012)

Watching the Skies over Wind Farms
(Electric Co-Op Today, August 22, 2012)

LES to keep two wind turbines north of I-80
(Lincoln Journal-Star, August 22, 2012)

Tindall Corp. unveils prototype wind turbine base
(Newton Kansan, June 6, 2012)

'Unknowns' buffet wind industry
(Omaha World-Herald, April 22, 2012)

Leaders face off on wind energy
(Hutchinson News, April 9, 2012)

Tindall VP: $66 million Newton plant may face delay without wind energy tax credit
(Wichita Eagle, March 21, 2012)

Tax break’s end is a blow to wind power in Kansas
(Wichita Eagle, March 18, 2012)

Oil patch near Vinland sees boon with increase in crude prices
(Lawrence Journal World, March 18, 2012)

Kansas delegation differs on wind tax credits
(McPherson Sentinel, March 1, 2012)

Kansas tops for wind turbine construction
(Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan. 27, 2012)

Wind Turbines and Bird Fatalities
(Green Tech Media, Nov. 22, 2011)

Seaman High School gets wind turbine
(Topeka Capital-Journal, Oct. 26, 2011)

Wind energy projects increasing in Kansas, but they could slow down if federal tax credit changes
(Lawrence Journal World, Oct. 18, 2011)

Bel Aire industrial park hopes to lure wind power, composites
(Wichita Eagle, October 6, 2011)

Wind energy company pitches turbines to help extend the life of stripper wells
(Wichita Business Journal, August 19, 2011)

Pa. wind turbines deadly to bats, costly to farmers
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 17, 2011)

FWS plans big wind study
(Hays Daily News, July 15, 2011)

Support for alternative energy subsidies thin among lawmakers
(Wichita Eagle, July 3, 2011)

Opinion: Wind-turbine ban infringes on rights
(Wichita Eagle, July 3, 2011)

Johnson County cuts red tape on wind turbines
(Kansas City Star, May 24, 2011)

Johnson County eases rural wind-power rules
(Johnson County Sun, May 19, 2011)

Wind turbine could generate power and educational tools at Eudora High School
(Lawrence Journal-World, April 13, 2011)

Change in the wind
(Hutchinson News, April 5, 2011)

Rules may change for wind farm sites
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2011)

Showdown: It’s Wind Energy v. Shale Gas for Cavern Storage
(Public Education Center's DC Bureau, March 26, 2011)

Wind industry could take toll on Kansas highways
(Lawrence Journal-World, March 24, 2011)

KSU researches cascading power failures
(Topeka Capital-Journal, March 21, 2011)

Kansas Wind Energy News Archives

Commentary

Kerr: Pompeo's wind credit obsession is embarrassing
(Hutchinson News, Oct. 5, 2012)

Editorial: Wind a winner
(Hutchinson News, Feb. 24, 2012)

Editorial: Wind incentive
(Hutchinson News, Feb. 21, 2012)

Deming: Can we afford wind energy?
(Hutchinson News, Jan. 11, 2012)

Editorial: Kansas needs to capitalize on wind
(Wichita Eagle, Feb. 24, 2010)

In Our View: Harvesting the wind
(The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, January 4, 2008)

Editorial: Small steps (on Wind)
(Lawrence Journal-World, December 29, 2007)

Editorial: State poised for new wind energy era
(Wichita Eagle, January 2, 2008)

Events

Wind Energy Production

Gray County Wind Farm Energy Production
 Source: Energy Information Administration, 2001-10

Elk River Wind Farm Energy Production
 Source: Energy Information Administration, 2006-10

Spearville Wind Farm Energy Production
 Source: Energy Information Administration, 2008-10

Smoky Hills small image

Source: Energy Information Administration, 2008-10

Meridian Way small image

Source: Energy Information Administration, 2008-10

Flat Ridge small image

Source: Energy Information Administration, 2008-10

Central Plains small image

Source: Energy Information Administration, 2008-10

Kansas Renewable Energy Production
 updatedSource: Energy Information Administration, 2001-2010 (Updated March 2011)

Kansas Wind Energy Production

newNew Graphic: Average monthly wind production for state of Kansas - Sum of monthly averages for all Kansas wind projects (Updated May 2011)
(Source: Energy Information Administration, 2001-2010

Wind-Related Events

Kansas Energy Conference '10 - Past.

Kansas Wind & Renewable Energy Conference '09 - Past.

Kansas Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Conference '08 - Past.

Kansas Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Conference '07 - Past.

Kansas Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Conference '06 - Past.

Kansas Renewable Energy & Efficiency Conference 2005 - Past.

Kansas Renewable Energy & Efficiency Conference 2004 - Past

Kansas Wind & Biomass Conf. 2003  - Past.

Kansas Wind Energy 2002 - Past.

Kansas Wind Energy 2001 - Past.

Kansas Wind Energy 2000 - Past.

County Wind Guidelines

The following Kansas counties have specific guidelines or policies relevant to wind development. Please only use these links as a guide, as individual counties may have updated their standards without deleting these links. For the latest guidelines, please contact individual counties.

Butler County - Follow link to county web-site

Ellis County - Effective Sept. 1, 2006. See Section 27-104.

Harper County - statement on wind energy

Johnson County - wind ordinance
Article 2, Definitions
Article 17, Exceptions
Article 18, System Performance
Article 23, CUP

McPherson County Zoning Regulations, Article 3, Section 107, pertaining to Electric Wind Farm Stations begins on p. 21.
    --McPherson County, reprint, KEIN

Riley County regulations for Wind Energy Conversion Systems, Special Uses, Section 22, see p 3.

Saline County Zoning Regs
   - Commercial Wind Energy
   - Private Wind Energy

Sumner County
     - Commercial WECS, Article IV.
     - Non-Commercial WECS - Article XXXIV.

Wind Programs

Kansas Wind Applications Center, K-State Power Systems Group

Kansas Wind for Schools Program, K-State Power Systems Group and Kansas Rural Center

Cloud County Community College Wind Energy Technology, Concordia, KS
AWEA-certified Wind Turbine Service Technician Program, featuring degrees in Wind Energy Associate of Applied Science, Wind Energy Assessment & Development Certificate, Wind Energy Blade Repair Certificate, & Wind Energy Certificate Substation Technician

Pinnacle Career Institute wind turbine technician program,
11-month Certificate Program offered in Lawrence, KS, Kansas City, MO and online

newVatterott College wind turbine technician program,
Offers a Diploma in Wind Energy Technician at Wichita campus



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