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Kansas Governor Halts Wind Power in Tallgrass Prairies
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius called on November 22nd for wind energy developers to hold off on projects in the Flint Hills area in order to preserve the tallgrass prairie ecosystem there. The temporary moratorium is meant to allow counties in the area time to develop local guidelines for wind energy development and to evaluate the role of wind energy development in the Flint Hills. The governor designated a protected area of land called the "Heart of the Flint Hills," a 60-mile-wide swath of land just east of Wichita, running from the state's southern border, through Manhattan, and ending about 25 miles south of the Nebraska border. Governor Sebelius also encouraged wind developers to move ahead on projects outside the designated area, and is expected to draw on recommendations from the Kansas Energy Council to establish a package of wind energy incentives within the state. See the governor's press release and maps of the Heart of the Flint Hills from the Kansas Energy Council.
Among the projects affected by the governor's request is the Munkers Creek wind project, a proposed 100- to 200-megawatt wind power project that would have been located southeast of Manhattan. The project was being developed by JW Prairie Windpower LLC, a subsidiary of juwi international. See the juwi Web site.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period for another controversial wind energy project, the proposed Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, to February 24th, 2005. See the Corps press release.