Plans for controversial wind farm moving forward in Reno County

RENO COUNTY, Kan. Plans for a controversial wind farm in Reno County are moving forward. The county commission Tuesday morning decided not to delay the project by imposing a community-backed moratorium.

A moratorium would've delayed the project near Pretty Prairie. Some Reno County residents are trying to stop it from happening.

NextEra Energy says it wants to start construction on the wind farm at the beginning of next year in hopes of completing the project by the end of 2019. Because county commissioners for now cleared the project to move forward, those opposed to the project against voiced their concerns Tuesday.

But others support plans for the wind farm.

"Even though the moratorium didn't pass, we're still promoting the same message. We are not anti-wind energy. We're not anti-green energy. We support green energy. We welcome renewable energy sources in any form as long as the citizens of the county have the proper protections and we had the chance to determine the economic impact to our county," says Reno County resident Kristyn Horsch at Tuesday's meeting.

Resident Kurt Preister spoke in favor of the wind farm Tuesday.

"I live out by Cunningham by one of several project and for the most part, it's been nothing but helpful for the community," Preiser says. "(The company has) donated money to our fire departmetn and have maintained several roads."

The plan for the wind farm near Pretty Prairie now moves to the Reno County Planning and Zoning Division for review.