Thursday, June 09, 2005

The "Show Me State" Considers Wind Energy

State, Private Developers Study Wind Energy In Missouri
created: 6/6/2005 11:33:40 AM
updated: 6/6/2005 11:36:41 AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With new technology driving down the cost of developing wind energy, private developers and the state are looking at whether a large wind farm could work in Missouri.

The Department of Natural Resources is working with utilities to study winds at high elevations to find out if a large commercial wind farm might be possible in Missouri.

The state's two largest utilities, Kansas City-based Aquila and St. Louis-based AmerenUE, have agreed to help fund a $150,000 study.

The yearlong study through the University of Missouri-Columbia will look at six sites.

Kansas City Power and Light and Empire Electric are working on a similar project with the Department of Natural Resources.

New maps show that the windiest part of the state is northwest Missouri.