Flint Hills Wind Project Begins Despite Opposition

The 100 turbines, each 260 feet tall, will be placed on 8,000 acres by PPM Energy of Portland, Oregon.

Published: 24-May-2005

Despite ongoing opposition that includes two still-pending lawsuits, work has begun on a $190 million project to harness the Flint Hills wind and turn it into electricity.

Road work and site preparation began this week, but Butler County Administrator Will Johnson said the towers won't be visible until the end of July.

"We're excited to see it moving forward at this point," Johnson said. "It's been a long and lengthy process."


As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy

With an area of 568 sq.km and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.

Giant 10 megawatt turbines of the future could be situated far from shore, avoiding battles with onshore residents who object to the presence of large wind farms.


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