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Buchanan County Looks at Future of Energy Transmission Route

Wind farms in western Kansas could end up blowing dollars into Buchanan County.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  Wind farms in western Kansas could end up blowing dollars into Buchanan County.

The windmills themselves wouldn't be built here. But, overhead transmission lines would need to be erected to get the energy produced from the windmills from Kansas to Illinois and Indiana.

Officials from Clean Line Energy met with Buchanan County Commissioners today.

One of their possible transmission routes is through Buchanan County. Presiding Commissioner R.T.Turner says construction jobs would be only one of the benefits to our area.

"It will increase our tax base on our personal property tax which will not only help our county but the city and school district too when that's completed," Turner said. "Since we passed the use tax for those goods that would be purchased and a lot of them will be purchased out of state, the county will benefit from that use tax."

Turner says there are two or three transmission routes the company is considering. He says it will be a several month process before any decisions are made.
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