Division of Energy
Missouri Wind Energy Public Forums
During the summer of 2008, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy coordinated a series of three public forums, presented by video conference to enable interested persons to learn about Missouri’s wind energy resources, meet others with similar interests and consider best ways to assure that the state’s wind energy potential can serve the needs of Missourians.
The forums addressed utility scale wind development issues, including:
- Opportunities for, and barriers to, wind resource development
- Utility operations and transmission needs
- Landowner concerns
- Economic development potential
- Environmental, wildlife and aesthetic considerations
- Discussion of how to best use the state’s wind energy potential.
Because of the relatively marginal financial outlook for customer scale wind systems, the wind forums focused on utility-scale wind potentials and issues, rather than small scale wind systems.
The video conferences linked live presentations and panel discussions to participants gathered in nine cities -- Columbia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Kirksville, Maryville, Neosho, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Springfield. The forums were held via video conference to make it possible for interested persons to attend with minimum travel time and cost, to increase participation and to reduce the cost of holding the events. People with access to personal computers and high-speed Internet connections were able to view the forums online.
Video clips and presentations from the forums remain available through the links below.
Forum #1 - Harvesting Missouri's Wind Resources
Forum #2 - Community and State Economic Impacts
Forum #3 - Wind Energy Action Options
- Sept. 15: Agenda, presentations and video clips
Wind Energy - Steering Committee
To develop events with a broad appeal, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy assembled a steering committee to guide preparations and assist in conducting the forums.
The Steering Committee included members from the following organizations:
- Missouri Department of Agriculture
- Missouri Department of Conservation
- Missouri Department of Economic Development
- MIssouri Deparment of Natural Resources' Division of Energy
- Wind Capital Group
- TradeWind Energy
- Atchison Co. Development Commission
- Crowder College
- University of Missouri, Greenley Research Center
- Missouri Coalition for the Environment
- Columbia Water and Light
- Kansas City Power and Light
- Associated Electric Cooperatives Inc.
Financial support for the Wind Energy Public Forums was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Wind Powering America” program, by a grant to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of Energy.
- More information about Missouri Wind Energy Resources