STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Local residents (Ellis County Environmental Awareness Coalition)
BACKGROUND: The Hays Wind Project has been in the development phase for 4 years. If completed, the Hays Wind Project will generate enough electricity for 60,000 average Kansas homes 60,000 average homes and will offset greenhouse emissions equivalent to taking about 90,000 cars off the road.
The project is opposed by a NIMBY group called the Ellis County Environmental Awareness Coalition. The group has repeatedly called for a moratorium on wind projects in Ellis County. In November 2007, a conditional-use permit for a wind farm was rejected by the Ellis County Commission. The group is actively litigated the conditional use permit granted to the project in the summer of 2008. In the spring of 2009, the Ellis County Commission approved a settlement in the case. The agreement held that the permit is lawful and enforceable, however, as part of the agreement, Iberdrola agreed to meet several conditions slightly altering the original proposal. Hays Wind agreed to relocate 15 wind turbines, pulling the project's boundaries back from city limits. The company also has agreed it will not install generators in the city-governed 3-mile zoning radius. Iberdrola must apply for a permit for the 15 turbines and allow for public comment.
SOURCES: ECEAC Web Site (NIMBY group): http://elliscoalition.blogspot.com/;
Hays Daily News: http://www.hdnews.net/SpecialSections/Story/windfarm092608, http://www.hdnews.net/printstory/windsettlement051109; http://www.hdnews.net/Story/countypre100310;
Climate and Energy Project: http://blog.climateandenergy.org/2010/04/09/wind-updates-hays-wind-farm-awea-wind-and-kansas/;
KSN News: http://www.ksn.com/content/news/bureaus/story/Ellis-Co-wind-farm-lawsuit-settled/5eJuRroOm0-_HNFbNgQ2IA.cspx
Last updated November 15, 2010