wind energy

Heartland Health Monitor
12:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Kansas Wind Farms Demonstrate Potential

The Post Rock wind farm sits on about 9,500 acres in Ellsworth and Linn counties. It was one of three Kansas wind farm that ran at nearly 50 percent capacity in 2013.
Credit Westar Energy


A trio of wind farms in central Kansas ran at nearly 50 percent capacity in 2013, which one Kansas senator says is a positive sign for the state’s young wind industry.

Sen. Marci Francisco said the relatively high capacity-factor rates for the two Smoky Hills wind farms and neighboring Post Rock wind farm mean that the area just west of Salina where they were built has particularly good wind power potential.

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1:17 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Independence, Missouri, Looks To Expand Renewable Energy Portfolio

The Independence, Mo., City Council wants to see a solar farm built in the northeast part of the city as part of its plan to decrease reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The city council passed a resolution this summer to have 10 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2018. Independence Power and Light Director Leon Daggett says the city-owned utility already gets about 5 percent of its power from a Salina, Kan., wind farm.

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Central Standard
2:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Energy Standards In Kansas

Credit Nuala / Flickr/CC

The Kansas Senate voted to repeal a state mandate that required utility companies to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. However, the House refused to repeal House Bill 2014 less than 24 hours later.

On today's Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann discusses the politics of wind energy and the environmental impact it has in Kansas.


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8:18 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Divided Over Wind Energy Tax Credit

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.

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo from Wichita 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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Kansas Government
4:38 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Brownback Hopeful For Wind Energy Tax Credit Extension

A wind energy tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, but Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is still holding out hope that lawmakers in Washington will extend the credit.

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11:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Wind Energy Could Fall Off Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says the fate of a wind energy tax credit could be tied to the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations.

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10:20 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Brownback Pushes Wind Energy Tax Credit

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaking to reporters during a news conference Tuesday.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is continuing his push for an extension of a federal wind energy tax credit.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Alternative Energy Sources

Thin Film Solar Panels developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources? 

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5:00 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Wind is Up at KCI

Governor Jay Nixon answers questions posed by Steve Kraske on KCUR's \"Up to Date\".
photo by Stephen Steigman

Kansas City, MO – A wind-power turbine assembly operation is moving to the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon revealed more about it on KCUR's Up To Date .

It's called Nordic Windpower USA. It will move headquarters from Berkeley California to the BusinesCentre and its assembly plant from Idaho to existing space at the airport. The Governor says it'll mean about 200 jobs. The Kansas City Business Journal says it'll be more like 175.

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