Jim Moss 6/26/07 pullout at bottom
By Wally Kennedy
Empire District Electric Co. on Tuesday said it has signed a 20-year agreement with Horizon Wind Energy, of Houston, Texas, to purchase energy from the Meridian Way Wind Farm near Concordia, Kan. The farm will be operational in late 2008.
Empire said it will purchase about 350,000 megawatt-hours of energy annually from the project — enough to meet the annual electricity needs of about 25,000 homes.
Empire is the only utility that will purchase power from the wind farm in its initial phase of development.
The agreement is the second that Empire has reached for wind energy. In late 2005, Empire began purchasing energy from the Elk River Wind Farm near Beaumont, Kan. In 2006, Empire purchased 525,000 megawatt-hours from Elk River. It is the only purchaser of energy from that farm.
Empire officials project that almost 15 percent of its electrical energy will come from Elk River and Meridian Way in Cloud County, Kan., by 2009. Empire also has a 20-year contract with Elk River.
“We have always been interested in wind energy, but we could not do anything until it became a cost-effective resource for our customers,” said Amy Bass, spokeswoman for Empire.
“We believe this is a good opportunity for us and our customers. We believe you need a well-rounded resource mix, but it had to get to a point where the technology had been developed and refined.”
Bass said wind energy has become more viable as other energy sources have increased in cost. Federal incentives for the development of wind energy also make the price more attractive, she said.
Empire also is selling tax credits available for wind energy to utilities in states that require a portion of a utility’s energy portfolio to be renewable.
“We are selling those credits to reduce the cost of the energy to our customers,” Bass said. Those credits will be available to Empire in the future if it is required to provide energy from renewable sources.
Jim Moss 6/26/07 pullout at bottom
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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