Reno County Commission rejects wind farm proposal

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – The Reno County Commission has denied a proposal to build a wind farm in the county.

The commission voted 2-1 Thursday on a proposal from Florida-based NextEra Energy for a 200-megawatt wind farm with more than 80 turbines in the southern part of the county.

The Hutchinson News reports the permit required the commission’s unanimous vote for approval. The commission must formalize the vote by resolution next week.

NextEra spokesman Conlan Kennedy said the company was disappointed by the vote and is weighing its options.

The project has created controversy since it was proposed. Opponents said the wind farm could hurt property values, generate noise and kill birds that fly into turbines.

Supporters said the wind farm would bring economic and energy benefits to the county.

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