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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Ford County OKs agreements for Ironwood wind farm

  • The Ford County Commission took several steps Monday aimed at helping the Ironwood wind project move forward.


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  •     The Ford County Commission took several steps Monday aimed at helping the Ironwood wind project move forward.
        The commission approved a proposal to transfer a conditional use permit and development plan for the wind farm to Ironwood Windpower, Ford County Administrator Ed Elam said Tuesday. The wind farm will be located south and east of Spearville.
        Ironwood Windpower, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Generation Services, will build and operate the project in conjunction with Westar Energy. Construction of the first phase is expected to begin later this year and finish by December 2012.
        Irownood officials estimate the first phase will generate 167.9 megawatts of wind energy, and additional phases may produce up to 500 megawatts.
        The commission also approved an agreement requiring Ironwood to deposit $50,000 in an escrow account, which will be used to reimburse the county and Spearville Township for road repairs related to the wind farm.
        A separate agreement requires Ironwood to fix any minor road damage while the wind farm is under construction. If Ironwood does not fix the problem promptly, the county shall assess the damage and notify the company of the problem.
        Both agreements are subject to review by the county's legal adviser, Glenn Kerbs.
        In other business, the commission:
        • Agreed to consider installing a new thermostat system in the Ford County Government Center and a new heating/air conditioning system in the courthouse.
        • Honored the following employees for their service: Geographical information systems administrator Andy Smith, 10 years; Bill Carr, 20 years with the sheriff's office; and Kim Dill, 20 years with the treasurer's office.
        Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or email him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.
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