NextEra considers wind farm in Kansas area

HAVEN, Kan. (AP) A Florida energy company is considering an area in south-central Kansas for a potential wind farm.

The Hutchinson News reports that more than 100 people attended NextEra Energy's open house Thursday in Haven. Many residents went to the event to check if their property fell within the approximately 29,000 acres NextEra is looking at.

The company is proposing a 200- to 300-megawatt wind farm containing about 100 wind turbines. Project Director Sam Massey says the industry standard is about $4,500 a year per megawatt in payments to area landowners. Landowners can also receive money for using their land to store or transmit energy from the turbines.

NextEra currently operates six wind projects in Kansas. The company makes money by selling its energy to wholesale companies like Westar Energy.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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