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Southwest Kansas Wind Energy Project to Power Businesses in Kansas City Kansas

The Cimarron Bend wind project in Clark County, Kansas (Photo credit: Tradewind Energy)
The Cimarron Bend wind project in Clark County, Kansas (Photo credit: Tradewind Energy)

A new wind energy project announced today (FRI) by Governor Sam Brownback is one of 10 now under construction in Kansas. The Cimarron Bend project in Clark County will add another 200 wind turbines to the rural landscape in the southwest part of the state.  But the power produced there will be used by the tech giant Google and by the Board of Public Utilities, hundreds of miles away in Kansas City, Kansas.  Don Gray is the general manager of the Board of Public Utilities.  He says wind power has gotten much cheaper in recent years.

Gray says by 2017 more than 40 percent of B-P-U’s power will be generated by wind and other renewable sources. 

Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. During his more than 20 years in Kansas journalism, McLean won numerous awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In 1997, McLean and two Capital-Journal colleagues received the Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Award from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism for a series of stories on the state’s business climate. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.