2:1 vote
not unanimous
-- C.U.P. application rejected --

 

Timeline


In April 2019, the Reno County Planning Commission voted and made a recommendation to the County Commission to reject the developer's CUP application for a permit to erect 88 wind turbines in Southeast Reno County and install the associated utilities.


On 6/11/2019:  Reno County Commissioners voted to accept the protest petitions (needed a 20% minimum and have at least 46%).  This means the CUP application had to be unanimously approved  by all three county commissioners.  Thank you to all land owners who helped with the protest petitions!

6/11/2019 Hutch News article regarding the county's decision to accept the protest petitions:

 https://www.hutchnews.com/news/20190611/county-finds-protest-petition-on-nextera-project-valid 


On 6/13/2019:  County Commissioners' meeting where the three Commissioners voted 2:1  for the CUP application, however, the decision was not unanimous, the application was rejected.  The next step may be an appeal by the applicant, which would be determined in a court of law.

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Information

Summary

 

88 GE wind turbines most of which 500 feet tall (over 17% taller than Kingman/Pratt county turbines), access roads, collection station, and transmission lines were part of the proposed project.   A 138kV transmission line would have routed from the turbines' collection substation in Reno county to the Gordon Evans substation Northeast of Colwich.

The transmission line was to be planned and paid for by the developer, not allowed to use imminent domain.

Southeast Reno County residents and the communities of Andale, Haven, Mount Hope, and St. Joe, Ost would have been most impacted.


There are several informational article links on this page as well as a lot of information on the internet regarding wind turbine proximity to residents and adverse impacts.  While "anything" can be found on the internet, a general consensus can be formed.  Consider several adverse impacts such as infrasound-related health concerns (noise below what we can hear <20Hz), consistent & inconsistent audible noises, shadow flicker, reflection, and how our area is more populated than almost all other USA wind turbine projects.  The area would continue to grow if not impacted by turbines.  Our duration of exposure to active turbines would be greater than other locations.


We are not against wind energy, but against the irresponsible siting of such facilities .

The proposed footprint.  It subject to change.

This map was provided by the developer months ago to show the developer's proposed plan in SE Reno County.  

It is not in proximity to Pretty Prairie as some media have stated (likely because the name was changed to "Pretty Prairie Wind Farm Project"), but would be 4 miles West of Andale, Southwest of Mount Hope, South of Haven, and North of St. Joe, Ost.

County & State Contacts




County Commissioners

Reno County has been wonderful about providing feedback.  When writing to the county, please include ALL of these contacts.

Ron.Hirst@renogov.org - County Commissioner

Ron.Sellers@renogov.org - County Commissioner

Bob.bush@renogov.org - County Commissioner

Gary.Meagher@renogov.org - County Commission Administrator

Mark.Vonachen@renogov.org - Planning Commission Administrator 

planningcommissioners@renogov.org - Planning Commission  



Kansas House of Representatives

District map

jack.thimesch@house.ks.gov  - District 114 (Arlington, Nickerson, Partridge, South Hutchinson)

joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov - District 101 (Haven, Yoder, Pretty Prairie, St Joe)

Paul.Waggoner@house.ks.gov District 104 (Buhler, Medora)

steve.huebert@house.ks.gov - District 90 (Andale, Mount Hope)

Jason.Probst@house.ks.gov - District 102 (Hutchinson)


Sedgwick County

District 3 map

David.Dennis@sedgwick.gov - District 3 Commissioner

https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/commissioners/ - County Commissioner Website


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Stop the Reno County Wind Farms Facebook Group

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Past and future Dates

June 18, 2019

Reno County Commission Meeting

9:00am

Reno County Courthouse

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June 13, 2019

Commissioners' Special Meeting

6:30pm

THE HUTCHINSON FOX THEATRE 18 E. 1st Avenue, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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June 13, 2019

6:30pm

THE HUTCHINSON FOX THEATRE 18 E. 1st Avenue, Hutchinson, KS 67501

June 11, 2019

Reno County Commission Meeting

9:00am

Reno County Courthouse

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June 11, 2019

Reno County Commission Meeting

9:00am

Reno County Courthouse

April 9, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing - (continued)

4:30 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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April 9, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing - (continued)

 

1) Public Comment is still open!  Please email or write in to Mark Vonachen, County Planner, at mark.vonachen@renogov.org with your opposition to the Pretty Prairie Wind Farm due to irresponsible turbine siting.  Feel free to send research to him as well.  He is only accepting information in writing or by email.  After the public hearing, public comment will be closed, so we must speak now.


2) We will still need a lot of help on this day.   Please contact us if you are able to help.

4:30 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

April 4, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing

3:00 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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April 4, 2019

Reno County Public Hearing

 

1) Public Comment is open. Please email or write in to Mark Vonachen, County Planner, at mark.vonachen@renogov.org with your opposition to the Pretty Prairie Wind Farm due to irresponsible turbine siting.  Feel free to send research to him as well.  He is only accepting information in writing or by email.  After the public hearing, public comment will be closed, so we must speak now.

2) We are preparing for the public hearing.  If you would like a topic to research, please let me know.  We appreciate your help.

3) We will need a lot of help on the day of the public hearing.  Please continue watching here for more information.

4) Some people who are getting their homes appraised prior to the final decision.  If you were considering this, you will want to complete it prior to the final decision.

3:00 pm - ?:00 pm

Atrium Hotel 1400 N Lorraine St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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Protecting our "Slice of Heaven"

Our Heritage

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Many of us came to Reno County, by desire and determination.  Clear skies and pristine landscapes, a perfect backdrop for farming, and raising families.  
Those of us lucky enough to have  been born here, second and third generation farmers, have made and contributed to an everlasting heritage to be passed onto future generations.  Thank you!

Testimonials

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About 20 years ago the young man  I was dating drove me out to Reno county.  We paused looking over the green fields, and meadows, and he said "Here is where  I want to build a house and raise a family. "  That stuck with me.
15 years later, a home, three kids, we are where we were meant to be.
Everyday, I look out over those same green fields and  clear skies grateful for everything.
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I've lived at this location for 37 years. I LOVE the quiet, peaceful solitude out here!!! The views are beautiful, and the noises that I can hear out here are usually crickets chirping, birds singing, and coyotes howling! My boys love it out here, and they farm! I have no desire to move to town, and I never dreamed in a million years that these dark night skies, peaceful quiet, or gorgeous views might be robbed from us!!
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Moved to country to raise children and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful views.
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We moved to SE Reno county for the open, undisturbed, quiet scenic country views; we could have lived anywhere after my retirement from the Marine Corps, but we chose to raise our family here.  However, if the county fails to represent the citizens most affected by the proposed wind farm, we will move out of Reno altogether.
 

Our Goal

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Our purpose in creating this website is to make sure everyone has access to pertinent information regarding industrial wind turbines, associated transmission lines, and their impacts on surrounding communities.  

Further Information on Industrial Wind Facilities

Health

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Industrial wind facilities have been associated with  several health concerns; the most common being sleep disturbance, headache, anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction.  Many of these symptoms are self-reported, therefore quantifiable evidence of harm is difficult to correlate.

2018 European World Health Organization (WHO) Environmental Noise Guidelines 2018
These guidelines are relevant as the research spans multiple continents.  "For average noise exposure, the GDG conditionally recommends reducing noise levels produced by wind turbines below 45 dB Lden, as wind turbine noise above this level is associated with adverse health effects "  pg. 77

http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/383921/noise-guidelines-eng.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3653647/

https://windwisema.org/about/noise/wind-turbine-syndrome-and-vibroacoustic-disease/


https://www.masterresource.org/wind-turbine-noise-issues/wind-turbine-noise-harm/?fbclid=IwAR0DX48UVKAZcIOybkE0yyqu_ArBQMFANQnyIrwv6bHPMqYEFUZpcJHYiZ8


Properly Interpreting the Epidemiological Evidence about  Health Effects of Wind Turbines on Nearby Residents.
https://waubrafoundation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Phillips-Carl-2011-Bulletin-of-Science-Technology-Society.pdfal  


http://greatlakeswindtruth.org/featured/just-in-dr-riina-bray-of-womens-college-hospital-warns-of-proximity-to-wind-turbines/?fbclid=IwAR2S65KoHAsKr9fbmmUS3DD25o9htXEVg-v2IjKPjf1eJ0sDSlIKhWJQXfABrown County Human Services Special Event-Duke Energy Shirley Wind-Sept 12th, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=LonNAh9kMYw&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2kvoZO-DEho%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded&fbclid=IwAR0TGXeBEZiqVZbExIfFpcXXamQN9dUOArRJ5oI_W9eSCija9OeOfI51HpA  

The Truth About Industrial Wind Energy - 3 of 12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtPE3O8wmiw&feature=player_embedded

JUST IN: DR RIINA BRAY OF WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL WARNS OF PROXIMITY TO WIND TURBINES
http://greatlakeswindtruth.org/featured/just-in-dr-riina-bray-of-womens-college-hospital-warns-of-proximity-to-wind-turbines/?fbclid=IwAR2S65KoHAsKr9fbmmUS3DD25o9htXEVg-v2IjKPjf1eJ0sDSlIKhWJQXfA

Property Value

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03/20/19:  Trump says, "Put the windmills up and watch the value of your house, if you're in sight of a windmill, watch the value of your house go down by 65%."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/22/politics/fact-check-trump-wind-turbines-property-value/index.html?no-st=1553474506


Property value loss from North Stormont wind farm in the millions: Wind Concerns Ontario
https://ottawawindconcerns.com/2018/12/06/property-value-loss-from-north-stormont-wind-farm-in-the-millions-wind-concerns-ontario/?fbclid=IwAR0xZLRVUcCEh6HrxE6DcO6Znanu8yFMQs6o2gHo3z_fWFn8KIz3N3figzo

Do Wind Turbines Lower Property Values?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2015/09/23/do-wind-turbines-lower-property-values/#57117ec648cb
"Big Wind has attempted to intimidate some of its rural opponents by filing lawsuits against them. Last year, NextEra sued the town of Hinton in federal and state court after the town passed an ordinance restricting wind-energy development. The wind-energy giant also sued local governments in Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri, all of which had passed measures restricting wind-energy development."

https://www.city-journal.org/wind-power-is-not-the-answer?fbclid=IwAR20wVGDtepje04PColHepyP0ShWhyhn1Y8f_J01a2YhbFwBp8UbWk7V89g

Property Devaluation
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The most basic law of economics is that things are valued based on the “Law of Supply and Demand.” It is exceedingly obvious, all things being equal, that many people (due to view, sound, flicker, etc) would choose NOT to buy a home where there are industrial wind turbines close by. (Whether they are right or wrong in their reasons is irrelevant.) These beliefs would reduce demand, which clearly would have some negative impact on the price of such a property. 

Any report that concludes that there are zero negative property value effects related to wind projects simply can not be considered seriously. The only real question is how much of an impact? This list is intended to identify just some of the more objective studies and commentary about the adverse effects of wind energy projects on home values near wind projects. "

http://www.lakeontarioturbines.com/PDF/REValues.pdf

http://www.windaction.org/posts/26696-testimony-of-michael-mccann-on-property-value-impacts-in-adams-county-il#.W-3KjWB1qUm

https://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2010/i-predict-a-series-of-rural-ghettos-abandoned-unmaintained-homes-ill/

Farmland

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There are conflicting reports and studies in regards to the impact  industrial turbines would have on crop yields, soil impaction and field accessibility.  

http://www.windaction.org/posts/27845-is-wind-farming-compatible-with-agriculture#.W93uG5NKgdU

https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-research-finds-wind-farms-positively-impact-crops

Environment

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https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-are-bats-affected-wind-turbines

"Bats eat insects, saving farmers billions of dollars in pest control each year, but they generally do not get much attention. "
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bat-killings-by-wind-energy-turbines-continue/

 We present here analyses suggesting that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses estimated at more than $3.7 billion/year. Urgent efforts are needed to educate the public and policy-makers about the ecological and economic importance of insectivorous bats and to provide practical conservation solutions.
http://reviverestore.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Economic_Importance_of_Bats_in_Agriculture.pdf

Storm Tracking

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Industioral wind facilities cause weather radar interference, and hinder effective storm tracking.

https://www.weather.gov/mkx/windfarm

https://www.roc.noaa.gov/WSR88D/WindFarm/TurbinesImpactOn.aspx




Articles

Area News

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February 6, 2019 New Planning Commission Members
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20190205/two-new-members-named-to-reno-county-planning-commision

December 11th 2018 Reno County Commission rejects request for more wind direction. http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181211/reno-county-commission-rejects-request-for-more-wind-direction?fbclid=IwAR2RBy3Snk_Xv_HbXgDesZ-jvJjgvXRI0kypht4bl68SFvGkA95D_5wXGj4 


Reno County planning board serves as next step for wind farm  http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181205/reno-county-planning-board-serves-as-nexteras-next-step-for-wind-farm  


Plans for controversial wind farm moving forward in Reno County (KWCH) https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Plans-for-controversial-wind-farm-moving-forward-in-Reno-County-501947181.html?fbclid=IwAR2O-ZfdaJznDubwD-hAp2rteHl7V_v0GnUWbUzMRuPd5w5ti78c9AsnNpA  


Reno Commissioners Seek outside input http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181120/reno-commissioners-seek-input-from-pratt-kingman-officials-on-wind-farm?fbclid=IwAR33b_YfVgThguzYcbRlSvCTTdTrNARa41ExVtEAdtkAVeeI2WuurHL0EHw 


Possible Reno County Moratorium http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181107/reno-commission-may-take-up-wind-moratorium-later-this-month 


McPherson County Moratorium https://www.mcphersonweeklynews.com/wind-energy-leases-raise-conflict-of-interest-concerns-new-moratorium-approved/?fbclid=IwAR0mbAEsT8nNESVsVedpt5R3wcKz8KJ1UoLqmKW862zq063OO6EiHGeYB6U  


November 27th
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181127/nextera-offers-turbine-setback-noise-and-shadow-limits-at-pretty-prairie-wind-farm
 
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/20181129/residents-give-negative-feedback-for-wind-farm?fbclid=IwAR3qKScpxMR92Obhl05vaTBrASQ3IRQBDNY07jBYn_BnvMM5sMPSPB2Silg  

Video Testimonials

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About Us

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We are an ever growing group of area residents, families, farmers, and business people concerned about the growing threat of industrial wind facilities and their transmission lines to our region and the effects of those upon our lives.