By JESSICA CRAWFORD • Daily Leader
With Kansas wind currently being looked at as a source of energy, there is money to be made. When money is involved, individuals need to be aware of their rights and options. That is the premise behind an upcoming seminar organized by the Kansas Rural Center and the Liberal/Seward County Joint Economic Development Council.
In August, Economic Development Director Colleen Towns attended a wind energy seminar for landowners in Meade County. She felt it appropriate to bring the information shared farther west.
“Back in August, I attended a wind energy seminar in Meade that was for the landowners because we found that there were some wind developers that were coming into the area,” she said. “There were some landowners that didn’t understand the legal process so the Kansas Rural Services came out and organized this landowner/wind energy seminar.”
Several attorneys informed landowners of their rights and the process of bringing wind farms into the area.
“I found it very informational so I thought we should bring it further to the west because if it is going on in Meade County, it is going on in our counties,” Towns said. “Since that time, I have found out that we have some wind developers that are in Seward County a bit. Talking with my counterparts in Stevens, Morton and Haskell counties, I have learned that they also have some developers around their area as well.
“Our focus is trying to educate the landowner on what to do,” she explained. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt. This is no different than an oil or gas lease and needs to be handled the same way.”
A free seminar is available to area land owners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Wednesday, Nov. 12. According to Towns, several informative speakers are listed on the agenda.
“We are going to talk about wind projects, what it takes to put a project together, legal issues, financing issues and landowner leasing issues,” she said. “I have several speakers on the agenda.”
The seminar will be conducted at the Seward County Ag Building and lunch will be provided free of charge. However, Towns asks anyone attending to contact her at 626-2255 to reserve their spot at the seminar.