In his September 11, 2011 editorial published in the Wichita Eagle, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback emphasized the accomplishments the State of Kansas has made in the area of wind energy development and called for further development in Kansas.

According to the Kansas Energy Information Network’s data from May 2011, 1,619,754 MW of operational wind are currently being generated in the state.  As Gov. Brownback mentioned in his editorial, there are plans to double that figure by the end of 2012. The July 2011 map (produced by AWS Truepower) shows the current wind farms in operation in the State of Kansas as of July 2011.  Click below for more details on Kansas’ existing wind projects and the 2011 Kansas Energy Conference.

The red marks on the this map, show the numerous projects in various stages of development as of 2010.

Kansas is known by developers as fertile ground for wind energy projects – the substantial wind energy resources in the state (the “second highest in the nation for wind energy potential,” according to the Kansas Department of Commerce) are enhanced by vast amounts of agricultural land suitable for hosting wind power project infrastructure.  Increasingly though, the natural resources have been bolstered by the state’s focus on competitive prices, new construction of high-voltage electric transmission lines, including the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, and the real property tax exemption for wind turbines.  In addition to the incentives mentioned above, there are numerous tax incentives offered by the State of Kansas that may be available depending on the size and type of contemplated project (these additional tax incentives can often be stacked for maximum benefit to the developer or manufacturer).

The status of projects in development and the efficiencies of those that have recently come on-line will likely be a major topic of discussion at the 2011 Kansas Energy Conference sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce in early October.

Husch Blackwell is uniquely positioned to assist developers, manufacturers and lenders when planning, developing, constructing or financing wind energy projects.  During the project planning phase, our attorneys work with state officials to creatively achieve the maximum tax benefits for wind projects. As the project progresses, our network of contacts enables us to innovatively resolve issues that typically arise when implementing projects throughout the state.