Wind energy

Wind turbines in morning light

Wind energy meeting

MU Extension is hosting a community listening session for DeKalb County from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the June Conley Building, 701 E. Main, Maysville. Those unable to attend are encouraged to take a confidential online survey.

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Aug. 28 wind farm meeting in DeKalb County scheduled

Residents and community members are invited to share their views and experiences around wind farm development in small group settings with team members from the University of Missouri. Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement, and Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors, will provide the welcome. By sharing your stories, experiences and views, you will help the team develop resources that individuals and communities can use to understand the concerns, risks, legalities and pros and cons of wind farm development throughout Missouri.

As a neutral resource of information, MU Extension has a 100-plus year history of providing research-based information for individuals and community leaders to access as they make informed decisions that impact their local communities.

An ongoing resource for Missourians

The wind energy market is one of the fastest growing sources of environmentally-friendly energy in the United States. However, because of this fast growth, the comprehensive impact of wind farm development on rural communities is complex and unmapped. At this time, there is no clear understanding of the issues and impact of wind energy development.

In response to concerns raised by Missouri landowners and community stakeholders about wind energy development in their communities, the University of Missouri has developed a phased approach involving students, faculty and leaders from eight schools and departments across campus to engage with communities around this issue.

As a first step this summer, a Crosby MBA Consulting team from the MU Trulaske College of Business conducted face-to-face meetings, onsite interviews and an online survey with Missourians in turbine-hosting communities in northwest Missouri. These shared stories, experiences and views helped with the development of a public resource database exploring the benefits and drawbacks of wind farm developments in six categories: environment and aesthetics, economic regulation and development, legal, community, personal health and social structure. These resources provide information to help Missourians assess the impact of future wind turbine projects within their communities.