Wind Energy Takes KS by Storm

September 5, 2012
Wind Farms in Kansas City

The Smoky Hill Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in Kansas with a 100.8 MW output. Kansas is one of the leading states in wind energy potential.

The name Kansas comes from the Sioux Indian word for “people of the south wind” so is it any wonder that Kansas is experiencing a wind-energy construction boom?

According to Governor Sam Brownback, developers are investing nearly $3 billion to double the installations to 2.5GW is looking to happen before the wind production tax credit (PTC) expires at the end of the year. State officials believe that wind energy has the potential to provide nearly $135 billion to the economy.

Of course, Kansas cannot absorb all the energy that comes from the wind output, so exporting it to other states is a definite opportunity that continues to grow in the state.

“Wind is not a fad, as some people think,” said Michelle Fornara-Dean, the executive director of the Harvey County Economic Development Council, “We are competing not only with the next state for investment and jobs. We are in a global market.”

Source: ReCharge News

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