Kansas Forms Wind Working Group

January 08, 2008

The Sunflower State wants to spread the word about its wind energy potential. On January 7 Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson announced the formation of the Kansas Wind Working Group, which will be supported, in part, by the Kansas Corporation Commission. The group will educate stakeholders on wind energy markets, technologies, economics, policies, prospects, and other issues.

"Opportunities for increased wind energy within this state are plentiful, affordable, and obtainable," Sebelius said. "A wind working group can help attract new wind energy prospects to the state and promote better use of this abundant natural resource."

The Kansas Wind Working Group was formed under Executive Order 08-01 and will use funds provided by Wind Powering America (WPA), a U.S. Department of Energy effort to increase the use of wind energy across the nation. WPA works with state partners and their stakeholders in 30 states, providing technical assistance, objective analysis, up-to-date information, and education and seed funding.

The Kansas group will also be supported by the Energy Programs Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission, which is the state energy office, and the lieutenant governor's office.

The group's first meeting will be January 18 at Wichita State University.

For more information, read the governor's January 7 press release, which includes a list of group members, and the executive order. Also see a wind resource map of Kansas (PDF 8 MB). Download Adobe Reader

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