Wind Farm Importance Was Front And Center At State Capitol

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A grass roots effort to raise awareness on the importance of wind farms, blew into the Statehouse.

Wind Works for Kansas Day is a community based effort to get Kansans and policy makers involved in the discussion about the state's energy policy and the role wind energy is playing in Kansas.

Wind Coalition members say the state has a long, rich tradition of developing renewable energy and wind is the newest page to that portfolio.

"We have a lot of wind in Kansas and it blows often and it blows really hard and so there is a tremendous market for that resource both within the state and states beyond. So its certainly a wonderful economic development story with some added environmental benefits," Kimberly Svaty, Kansas Policy Director for the Wind Coalition.

Wind energy in the state of Kansas has invested $8 million and created 13,000 new jobs in the last ten years.