The launch of wind farms in northern Missouri in the past two years has left many Missourians wanting to know about the possibilities for wind power in their communities.
Beginning Wednesday ( June 25) with a live, statewide videoconference, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Energy Center is conducting public forums to discuss the state’s wind energy potential.
Missourians may join in three statewide discussions. The three events will be held as videoconferences in nine cities: Columbia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Kirksville, Maryville, Neosho, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Springfield.
The first forum in the series, “Harvesting Missouri Wind Resources,” will deal with the wind energy industry and getting electricity to where it is needed. It will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.
The second forum, “Community and State Economic Impacts,” will identify issues that landowners should know about before signing a lease, and the impact wind energy development has on the local and state economy. It will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6.
The third forum, “Wind Energy Action Options,” will explore what is needed for this self-renewing natural resource to serve the needs of Missourians. It is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15.
Each public forum will start with expert presentations, followed by panel discussion leading to attendees sharing their views in round-table discussion groups.
The forums will focus on utility-scale wind systems and issues, rather than on small wind systems.
There is no cost for attending the sessions or observing the conferences online, but seating at each location is limited and registration is required. Information and a registration form are available at www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/renewables/wind-energy-forums.htm.