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Kansas tops states in current wind energy projects, report says

April 12, 2012, 10:07 a.m. Updated April 12, 2012, 3:10 p.m.

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— Kansas has more wind energy projects under construction than any other state, according to a wind industry report released Thursday.

The state has more than $2 billion worth of wind projects under construction at the moment, the American Wind Energy Association reported.

AWEA also said Kansas has become a wind turbine manufacturing hub with the new Siemens facility in Hutchinson and some 3,000 wind-related jobs throughout the state.

In addition to ranking first with 1,189 megawatts of wind projects under construction, Kansas ranked seventh for wind energy as a percentage of total energy portfolio at 8.3 percent. South Dakota ranked first at 22.3 percent.

The industry group said wind power enjoyed a strong year of double-digit growth in the United States, but needed Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit to keep up the momentum.

“In hard economic times we’re creating jobs and delivering clean, affordable electricity,” AWEA Chief Executive Officer Denise Bode stressed. “But we will lose all these consumer benefits and a brand-new, growing manufacturing sector if Congress allows the Production Tax Credit to expire. Businesses need certainty. That is why it is urgent that Congress extend the PTC now or risk losing a bright new manufacturing sector,” Bode said.

Gov. Sam Brownback has also been a supporter of extending the tax credit. In February, he and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad urged key members of Congress to approve it, saying without the credit, wind development would grind to a halt.

“The wind energy sector is an American success story that is helping us build our manufacturing base, create jobs, lower energy costs and strengthen our energy security,” the governors said.

Comments

tbaker 2 years ago

If it were not for the federal tax subsidies, you wouldn’t see a single wind generator. No utility company would build these on their own because like ethanol, wind is not a viable energy source (right now) and is wasting tax money. If it were a sensible economic investment, it would not need the lavish federal and state subsidies. Don’t believe me? Study “cost per kilowatt hour” and see what it takes to make electricity using conventional means and compare it to wind power. (be sure to add the cost of the subsidies to the equation) Also study the power generation term called “capacity value” and see how it relates to wind.

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Centerville 2 years ago

Wind turbines are just yard art for natural-gas-fueled generating plants. Anyone with a stake in the natural gas business is all for Wind Power (wink! wink!).

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Milton Bland 2 years ago

Thus far so called wind energy has proven extremely costly. And it doesn't appear to be getting any cheaper. Just a bad idea. And it kills more birds than does smokestacks.

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bobberboy 2 years ago

Brownbacks got nothing to do with this - except now he decides he likes the government tit. But hey, thats OK when it's creating jobs. I'm in !

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none2 2 years ago

Shouldn't Brownback put a halt to this? We all know that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were strictly coal and oil types. Alternative energy is part of the Satan's workshop of unnatural sources of energy.

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defenestrator 2 years ago

Gd Dmnit! Don't I have a say in where my energy comes from? I don't want any of this democratic-lefty-wacko-hippie-green-tree-huggin' energy! I want my energy to come from burning something. Stupid commies!

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prospector 2 years ago

Is it because Oklahoma sucks and Nebraska blows...or is it the other way around.

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tolawdjk 2 years ago

Governor's office has to be wondering how the heck that happend.

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