Wind Power News: Indiana
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Wind energy also was addressed by the lawmakers. Saunders has written a bill that would establish a county-wide vote before any approval of wind turbines, mandate setback distances and create a code of ethics for elected officials involved in wind turbine decisions. He admitted wind turbines will be a controversial issue during this legislative session. "I don't know that we expected to live with an industrial utility in my backyard or your backyard," said Saunders, who lives in Henry County and whose district includes the northwest portion of Wayne County. "There are property rights issues, and that needs to be discussed."
Wind farms are controversial in Indiana, with some counties welcoming them while others are appalled at the thought of tall towers and humming blades overtaking their communities. And it’s that controversy that led State Rep. Tom Saunders, R- Lewisville, to file a bill calling for more public input on the subject. Saunders’ bill would allow residents to vote on the construction of a wind turbine before one could be built in an Indiana county, municipality or township. The bill also . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – With debates raging throughout Fayette, Rush and Henry counties regarding slated wind farm projects in the area, a state representative is pushing for legislation which would give residents more of a voice concerning such issues. Indiana State Rep. Tom Saunders, a Republican from Lewisville, announced Monday that he has crafted proposed legislation – House Bill 1597 – which, if passed, would allow residents to vote on the construction of wind farms in their communities before such facilities are built . . .
Company, leaders mull wind turbines for local region; Firm considering Cass, Fulton, Miami and Kosciusko counties, official says
Wind turbines may be coming to Cass, Fulton, Kosciusko and Miami counties, according to a local official. Cass County Commissioners President Jim Sailors said a company has expressed interest in raising the turbines throughout the four-county area. He said it was too early to disclose the name of the firm and did not know how many turbines it’s considering. The company is eyeing the northeastern part of Cass County for the project, he continued, adding lease agreements with landowners in . . .
Seven years ago, a company came to Fayette County wanting to develop a Commercial Wind Farm in Posey and Fairview Townships. They claim they were “invited” by the people of Fayette County. There are a lot of farmers and homeowners in Fairview and Posey Township who would like to “un-invite” them and send them back where they cam from – except it’s difficult to tell exactly where they came from. This company started out as Boulevard and Associates, LLC, a . . .
The Area Plan Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to reject all 11 objections made by the Clinton County Commissioners regarding the LUPAC/Wind Ordinance before a packed Circuit Court Courtroom on the third floor of the Clinton County Courthouse. The five-member committee, headed up by new president Dan Sheets, took an hour to reject all of the Commissioners’ objections that were put forth in a December 15 public hearing held at Clinton Central. “We went through each item line-by-line and had . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission decided during last week’s meeting it will consider recommendations about wind turbine setbacks at a future meeting. Some local residents are upset that wind turbines came up at the most recent meeting at all. The agenda for Thursday’s meeting contained end of the year business and did not include anything about turbines or county regulations about their construction. Commission member Steve Dugger made a motion at the end of the meeting that would allow the . . .
The fight might not be over for a group of Fayette County residents regarding a proposed wind farm within the county, but that fight was dealt a setback this week. Franklin Circuit Judge Clay Kellerman, in a ruling made Dec. 12 and filed Wednesday with the Fayette County Clerk’s Office, has dismissed a civil suit brought by a group of Fayette County landowners against both Whitewater Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the Fayette County Commissioners which . . .
NEW CASTLE – Another potential obstacle to wind farm development in Henry County has been removed. The Henry County Commissioners met Wednesday and voted to approve a road use agreement with Flat Rock Wind, LLC, a division of Apex Clean Energy. The approved agreement mirrors the road use specifications the commissioners approved with NextEra for another wind farm being considered for the southeast part of the county originally proposed as the Whitewater Wind Project. With respect to Apex, an economic development . . .
RUSHVILLE – It took two meetings, along with lots of discussion, debate and thought, but Rush County Wednesday night finally rendered its decision on a second wind farm project eyeing the county. That decision ended up being if there are to be wind farms in Rush County, it will be done the county’s way – if at all. The Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night voted unanimously to deny NextEra Energy Resources special exception permits for construction of approximately . . .