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72 MW Pioneer Wind Farm, Kansas


The proposed 72 MW Pioneer wind farm will be located on farm land in Pawnee County, Kansas. We are currently working on site development activities. A photo of the project site is shown here.

The Pioneer wind farm would provide the average energy supply for about 44,000 homes in Kansas.

Environmental Benefits. The renewable energy produced by wind power is clean and non-polluting (i.e., no emissions). As compared with the energy produced by a coal-fired power plant, the environmental attributes and air emissions savings benefits of this 72 MW wind farm are estimated as follows: 

●  reduces equivalent coal consumption and mining of 29,000 tons per year

  equivalent reduced natural gas consumption of 720,000,000 cubic feet per year

●  reduces dependence on imported oil, saving the consumption of 127,000 barrels per year

●  reduced water pollution/consumption of 106,000,000 gallons per year

●  equivalent avoided emission of 417,000,000 lbs of CO2 per year, which reduces the impacts of global warming and climate change

●  equivalent to planting about 8,900,000 trees (or a 30,000 acre forest), because trees naturally absorb CO2


The emissions/pollution SAVED (or prevented) during the Revolution wind project’s life of 20 years—over 8.4 billion pounds of NOx, SOx, PM, and CO2—would cover almost 2,500 square miles of land one foot deep! Wow!  For more information about the environmental benefits of wind power, please visit our Health and Climate Benefits of Wind Power page.

Ahhh, breathe the clean, natural air from the Revolution wind farm… 

Money pileSocial and Economic Benefits.
Wind power is a renewable energy resource that would lessen the region's dependence on fossil fuels. The “fuel” for this energy resource—the wind—is natural, abundant, and free/renewable, which would reduce the impact of fossil fuel price volatility on local utilities and their customers.

This Project would be a boost to the Kansas economy through local construction jobs and expenditures on materials, tools, supplies, and equipment purchases, as well as through the creation of long-term employment. The local economic benefits (direct and indirect) from this wind project over 20 years is estimated to be roughly $150 million, including property taxes, payroll from high-skilled jobs, land owner/farmer land leases, sales taxes, business taxes, various services purchased from local retailers, etc. (both during initial construction, plus continuing services for operation and maintenance). 

Diseased lungsHealth Savings. Further, the hidden economic burdens placed on society from air pollution created by coal and gas-fired power generation is huge—the costs to “medicate” and “repair” our society, based upon the various air pollution values over 20 years mentioned above, is roughly estimated at $210 million, which comprises health care and disease costs, plus damage to crops, property, climate, etc., as well as, impacts to public services. Therefore, the clean, renewable power from this wind farm would save our society roughly $210 million over 20 years in health and societal costs.


Birds/ Wildlife Benefits. Not only does the use of clean, natural wind power save human lives, it also saves the lives of birds and other wildlife.  Birds are far more sensitive to air pollution than humans due to the thinness of the bird's lung's air-sac gas-exchange tissue, roughly half of the thickness of mammals, plus the large amounts of oxygen required for flight.  Therefore, birds are far more sensitive to airborne particulates and pollution.  Birds absorb almost twice as much air pollution in their respiratory system as humans.  In addition, fossil-fired power plants cause significant bird fatalities not only from air pollution, but from mining, destruction of forests, acid rain which causes acidification of soil and lakes/rivers, ingesting toxic mercury, collisions with power plant smokestacks and structures, climate change which wreaks havoc on migration routes and degrades habitats, etc.  However, birds also collide to a lesser extent with wind turbines.  Therefore, considering the entirety of the impacts, this wind farm will save an estimated net 21,000 birds over 20 years, as well as other wildlife, by displacing fossil-fired power (Sovacool, 2009).

For more information about the environmental, health, and economic benefits of wind power, please visit our Health and Climate Benefits of Wind Power page.

All values contained herein are preliminary and approximate. 

August 2009

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