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Ellis County wind farm proposal

  • Hays Wind LLC joins lawsuit

    9/25/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net As a civil lawsuit seeking to overturn the Ellis County Commission's decision to permit a wind farm southwest of Hays makes its way through the court system, Hays Wind LLC will act as a co-defendant. The company, re ... Read Full Story

  • County files response to wind lawsuit

    9/12/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net The Ellis County Commission and Hays Wind LLC have filed their responses to a civil lawsuit filed Aug. 26 regarding a conditional-use permit granted for a wind farm southwest of Hays. The suit was filed on behalf of ... Read Full Story

  • Wind opponents file lawsuit

    8/26/2008; By MIKE CORN mcorn@dailynews.net Opponents of a proposed wind farm southwest of Hays filed a lawsuit in Ellis County District Court on Tuesday seeking to reverse the decision to issue a conditional-use permit. The lawsuit did not, however, ask for a ... Read Full Story

  • Wind could blow into court

    7/28/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net Monday's Ellis County Commission vote to grant a conditional-use permit application for a wind project southwest of Hays was a step forward for Iberdrola's 200-megawatt project. Individuals on both sides of the issu ... Read Full Story

  • Commissioners approve development plan

    7/28/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net In addition to approving a conditional-use permit allowing Iberdrola to proceed with a Hays wind project, Ellis County commissioners approved the company's development plan in a 2-1 vote. The Joint Planning Commissi ... Read Full Story

  • Vote: Let 'er blow

    7/28/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net For the second time in less than a year, the Ellis County Commission was split in its decision to grant a conditional-use permit for a wind farm southwest of Hays. This time, however, the 2-1 vote in favor ... Read Full Story

  • Commission says 'yes'

    6/25/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net For the second time in about a year, the Ellis County Joint Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Hays Wind project by a majority vote. Following Wednesday's lengthy public hearing, the present co ... Read Full Story

  • Commissioners waive moratorium

    6/2/2008; By KALEY LYON klyon@dailynews.net Hays Wind LLC's plans for a wind farm south and southwest of Hays will continue, and sooner than originally anticipated. A year-long moratorium required by Ellis County's zoning regulations regarding a cond ... Read Full Story

  • Wind farm company requests waiver

    4/16/2008; By BRANDON WORFbworf@dailynews.netThe developer of a proposed Ellis County wind farm has re-initiated the process of building the wind-energy complex in the county.Hays Wind today filed a request to the county commission requesting a waiver of the one-yea ... Read Full Story

  • Meridian Way Wind Farm to border U.S. Highway 81

    4/11/2008; By SARAH KESSINGER Harris News Service CONCORDIA -- Come next fall, 67 wind turbines spanning 90 meters each will twirl above the prairie south of this north-central Kansas community. The Meridian Way Wind Farm, now in the ground-breaking stage, is ... Read Full Story

  • Wind developer eyes two new locations

    2/18/2008; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News The much-contested proposed wind farm site southwest of Hays is not the only area being considered for a project location, County Commissioner Perry Henman said at Monday's meeting. Henman said Hays Wind project manager ... Read Full Story

  • Protest draws out wind talk

    12/29/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News For the majority of 2007, a heated county-wide debate regarding a proposed wind generation project blew across Ellis County. After months of governmental deliberations by the Ellis County Planning and Zoning Commission ... Read Full Story

  • Denial of

    permit sparks wind debate

    11/23/2007; TOPEKA (AP) -- The state's denial of a permit to build two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas has sparked a statewide debate on how efforts to increase wind power might be affected. Last month, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretar ... Read Full Story

  • Supporters: No coal, lines means doom

    11/12/2007; WICHITA (AP) -- As many as 13 potential wind-farm projects in western Kansas could be in danger because of the state's decision to reject two coal-fired generating plants near Holcomb, proponents of the wind farms said. New transmission lines were to be ... Read Full Story

  • Iberdrola plans more towers

    11/7/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA has filed three new conditional-use permit applications with the Ellis County Environmental Office, requesting permission to install three meteorological towers. The towers would be loca ... Read Full Story

  • Missouri wind farm is windfall for rural community

    10/30/2007; KING CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In operation for less than a year, the Bluegrass Ridge Farm with its giant turbines has become the face of this struggling northwest Missouri community. Missouri's first commercial wind farm has literally been a windfall for this ... Read Full Story

  • Kansas has wind potential, if it is willing to act on it

    10/23/2007; By DUANE SCHRAG Salina Journal To understand Rep. Josh Svaty's excitement about wind energy, it helps to remember his Bohemian roots. "The predominance of people who settled Ellsworth County were either Czechs or Germans," Svaty, D-Ellsworth, said i ... Read Full Story

  • Wind talk becomes heated

    10/2/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News Tensions were high Monday morning as a heated discussion regarding zoning issues and the request for a moratorium on wind energy development gusted into Ellis County Commission chambers. Keith Pfannenstiel, who lives on ... Read Full Story

  • Wind farm company considers paying neighbors

    9/13/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News As earlier suggested by Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA representatives, landowners near the proposed wind project have been offered neighbor agreements. According to several neighbors, the agreements were received las ... Read Full Story

  • Reaction mixed on wind decision

    9/6/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News Not surprisingly, the 2-1 decision to reject the conditional-use permit for the Ellis County wind farm made by county commissioners left the public with mixed feelings. Opposing neighbors, who believe the locat ... Read Full Story

  • Hammond: Wind will blow

    9/5/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News While plans for an Ellis County wind farm are on hold after the Ellis County Commission's 2-1 vote Tuesday rejecting the application, Fort Hays State University plans to continue pursuing a small wind energy develop ... Read Full Story

  • Gone with the wind

    9/4/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News In a 2-1 decision, the conditional-use permit application for the proposed wind farm was denied by the Ellis County Commission during today's meeting. Vernon Berens and Dennis Pfannenstiel voted in favor of the ... Read Full Story

  • Wind farm decision towering

    8/31/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News On Tuesday morning, Vernon Berens, Dennis Pfannenstiel and Perry Henman will make arguably their biggest decision as Ellis County commissioners: wind farm or no wind farm. The much-anticipated vote regarding a condition ... Read Full Story

  • Wind farm decision Sept. 4

    8/28/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News Talk of the proposed wind farm again breezed into Ellis County Commission chambers Monday morning. The final decision, however, has been postponed until early September. Dennis R. Davidson, county counselor for ... Read Full Story

  • CPV rep won't be at meeting 8/23/2007; By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News At Monday's Ellis County Commission meeting, it was suggested Iberdrola Project Manager Krista Gordon would appear on next week's agenda to answer questions regarding the proposed wind farm. But there's been a ... Read Full Story

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    Mar. 29, 2007

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    ECEAC Presentation
    May 2, 2007
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    Spearville Wind
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    May 10, 2007

    Public Meeting May 23, 2007
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    Public Meeting June 6, 2007
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