With talk of wind as an alternative energy source for south-central Kansas, a wind energy summit is being planned for area producers, wind energy enthusiasts, landowners, county commissioners, city commissioners and other interested parties.
Steve Errebo, Lincoln County Commissioner, will give an overview of an entire completed wind farm project.
Tom Wind will be presenting a webinar. He is a co-developer of the Hardin Hilltop Wind Farm, which is the first community-owned wind farm to take advantage of the Iowa tax credit incentives passed in 2005. As a consulting engineer, he specializes in wind generation projects and in the integration of large wind turbines into the utility grid system. Tom is a member of the American Wind Energy Association as well as several other related organizations and will provide insight into developing community wind energy.
Once generators are in place, how will the energy be transmitted to the end user? Kimberly Gencur Svaty will discuss transmission lines presently in south-central Kansas and also statewide. Having worked in the energy and transmission industries for several years, she is familiar with the transmission picture in Kansas. Her presentation will help the audience understand this issue.
Mike Irvin, an attorney with the Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation will share the leasing picture from the landowner and legal perspective.
Another breakout session features Steve Errebo sharing from an elected official perspective.
Roger Masenthin, coordinator for Sunflower RC&D Area, Inc. will facilitate as the audience explores opportunities for building local coalitions that will provide leadership now and in the future for south-central Kansas wind development.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MARCH 24 TO ATTEND AND FOR AN ACCURATE
LUNCH COUNT. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES
OR BY CONTACTING ANY OF THE SPONSORS LISTED BELOW:
- Kansas Rural Center – www.kansasruralcenter.org
Sunflower RC&D – www.sunflowerrcd.net
- Sumner County Economic Development Commission – www.gosumner.com
If you have questions, you may contact any one of the sponsoring
agencies which include Sumner County Economic Development Commission
620-326-8779; Kansas Rural Center 785-748-0959; Sunflower RC& D
620-896-7378; Kingman County Farm Bureau 620-532-6721; and the Kingman
County Economic Development Council 620-532-3694.