Wind project could bloom near Dodge City

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DODGE CITY, Kansas — Kansas may be getting another wind farm. The Bloom Wind Power Project would be about 20 miles south of Dodge City.

Norvento USA has filed a conditional use permit for the project. The site consists of approximately 11,500 acres in Ford and Clark counties and involves contracts with 32 landowners.

CEO Bill Behling says the 60-turbine project would produce up to 180 megawatts, enough energy to power 70,000 homes.

He says the Dodge City area is the perfect place.

“This area provides one of the best, if not the best, wind resources in the United States in terms of the wind will blow at least 50 percent of the time,” said Behling. “It’s a flat terrain and we have a community that is very supportive of wind and has shown that in the past,”

The company hosted an open house for the public Monday afternoon in Dodge City to answer questions about the project.

“We haven’t had any real issues come up,” said Behling. “We’re well along in terms of our permitting and we’ve met with many of the wildlife agencies and haven’t had any issues along those lines pop up.”

The Ford County zoning board will issue its recommendations in a public hearing next week. Final approval would come from the Ford County Commission in August. If approved, the project could begin producing energy in late 2015.

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