Wind Power News: Indiana
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Apex Clean Energy’s plans to place as many as 90 wind turbines in Henry and Rush County may be scrapped following a vote by the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday. A very large crowd packed the Root Building at the Rush County Fairgrounds as the BZA considered a special exception request that would have paved the way for an estimated 66 turbines in northeastern Rush County. The plan, known as the Flat Rock Wind Project, included placement of . . .
The Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals met Wednesday evening the in spacious confines of the Root Building on the Rush County Fairgrounds. A portion of the large crowd in attendance was forced to line the walls inside the building with even more residents standing outside the building. For a number of months, the Flat Rock Wind Farm issue has been responsible for pitting neighbor on neighbor regarding the possible placement of wind turbines on rural property. Those on both . . .
It appears one more meeting to go and NextEra’s domination and control of Fayette County will be complete. One more meeting with a pre-determined script and outcome, just like all the other commissioner, county council and APC meetings concerning the NextEra takeover of our county. The comedy performed on the stage at the Robert E. Wise Center recently, disguised as a Fayette County APC meeting, was a perfect example and I’m sure the upcoming APC meeting to approve NextEra’s special . . .
The Rush County Commissioners met Monday and conducted business to a nearly packed assembly room at the courthouse. After nearly 30 minutes of handling a variety of issues, the county leaders turned their attention to those in attendance and spent the majority of meeting listening to resident’s voice their opposition to the placement of wind turbines in the county. Arguments against the project moving forward cited a variety of issues from noise, to flickering and a number of points in . . .
Before the wind farm meeting July 1, most of Rush County are curious about the financial side of the Flat Rock Wind Project. Jason Semler of UMBAUGH provided a preliminary property tax abatement analysis to assist with questions. The analysis concluded that in year 10 of the Flatrock Wind Project, an estimated of $405,178 of capital project funds would go to the Rush County School cooperation. The numbers provided assume no additional assessed value growth beyond the proposed wind farm . . .
A meeting next week on the Flatrock Wind Project may determine the fate of Rush County, according to Stu Linville, a wind farm protester, so to speak. Linville, along with several others, formed an LLC in hopes to bring education and awareness to Rush County. “We actually formed an LLC, Rush County Wind Awareness, and we do have legal representation to give us some legal guidance along this route,” Linville said in an interview. “Many of us have heard talk . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission has voted unanimously to grant Whitewater Wind’s request for up to eight wind turbines in Dudley Township. About 50 people attended the commission’s meeting Tuesday, with some speaking against the proposal. The next step for Whitewater Wind is to participate in similar meetings in Fayette and Rush counties, which are also included in the wind farm plans. The company is considering placing 77 wind turbines, including 43 in Fayette, 25 in Rush, and as many . . .
The Whitewater Wind Farm project took a huge step forward in Fayette County Wednesday night. Fayette County Commissioners, by a count of 2-0, voted to approve the county Area Plan Commission’s unfavorable recommendation for amending the county’s current setback ordinance, which determines the required distance of a wind turbine from the dwelling and property line of a non-participating landowner. The APC had forwarded their unfavorable recommendation on amending the ordinance to commissioners, after weighing in on the petition from the . . .
For a number of years, rural and city residents have silently been choosing sides on should energy producing wind turbines become a part of the county’s landscape. However, in recent months, as the possible reality of wind turbines nears, the silence has been broken, with those for and against the issue willing to discuss their side of the matter. Currently, county leaders are weighing the situation, gathering information and listening to those on both sides of the issue regarding the . . .
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The draft is being prepared by the service, state wildlife agencies from seven . . .