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.
Plymouth, IN – Culver’s town council aimed for a compromise in regards to a much-debated ordinance governing specifics of WECS (Wind Energy Conversion Systems, popularly known as personal-use windmills or wind turbines) in Culver, at the council’s Feb. 24 meeting. The decision, which passed the ordinance on the second of three readings needed to make it law, came after the most recent debates over proposed changes some two years after work began to define proper use of the devices within . . .
A Florida energy company seeking to construct wind turbines in Fayette County will be in Connersville tonight to provide an update on and discuss obtaining zoning permits for the project. NextEra Energy Resources, the company behind the proposed Whitewater Wind Farm project – which would see 77 wind turbines constructed across Fayette, Rush and Henry counties, with the bulk in Fayette – is hosting an invitation-only dinner this evening at 6 p.m. at the John H. Miller Community Center. The . . .
Indiana faces a looming problem in electricity markets that many states have already tackled. It is not a specially complicated issue, but with more than the usual demagoguery surrounding it, a little explanation is in order. Electricity is sold to consumers under a form of price regulation. The reason for this is that consumers cannot change the wires to their home any time they see a lower price. So, electricity production is what economists call a “natural monopoly” and everywhere . . .
Work in Marshall County led to setback increase, later a ban on wind farms. A Syracuse, Ind., attorney, with whom a local group of citizens is speaking with concerning wind turbine setbacks, is no stranger to wind farm debates or the wind energy company proposing such a project in Fayette County. In fact, he was involved in one such debate which resulted in an Indiana county banning commercial wind farms entirely. The Wind Project Concerned Citizens group, consisting of residents . . .
The parties involved in transporting a huge wind turbine that caused a traffic accident that killed three Elkhart women more than three years ago have agreed to pay $12.8 million to a widower of one of the women. It could be Indiana’s largest wrongful death settlement paid out to a childless spouse, said attorneys representing plaintiff Robert Burg, whose wife, Pamela Beemer, was one of the women who died. Burg and Beemer attended an Amish haystack fundraising dinner at Northridge . . .
The debate over a proposed wind farm project in Fayette County is far from over. A group of roughly 35 residents from Fayette County came together this past Thursday night at the Posey Township residence of Cecil Bell to discuss the impact the proposed Whitewater Wind Farm project would have on the county, especially when it comes to setback distances for the wind turbines. The Whitewater Wind Farm project, proposed by NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla., would see . . .
Another set of eyes will take a look at the county wind ordinance, the Huntington County Commissioners decided at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 9. The commissioners voted to have Richard Hall, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, in Indianapolis, review the ordinance. Commissioner Rob Miller noted that Hall has expertise in wind farm ordinances. Commissioners President Tom Wall explained that Hall “has worked with other counties, with their regulations, and helped put together their ordinances and seen what has . . .
I was appalled at the meeting I attended concerning wind turbines in Rush County. Folks voiced their concerns and rejection of the very thought of our county being inundated with wind turbines. Some with the way our rural county would look, others with the health issues for the folks and animals living in close proximity and some with how very little concern there was for the people of this county, in comparison to the money it might bring. It seems . . .
Despite opposition from a handful of audience members, Culver’s town council Tuesday night passed on first reading a wind energy-related zoning ordinance in the works for nearly two years, and which had bounced back and forth between Culver’s plan commission (which first drafted the ordinance) and the council. The ordinance aimed to regulate use of WECS (Wind Energy Collection Devices) erected in the area for personal – as opposed to commercial – use, as commercial wind turbines had been banned . . .
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has renamed a 150MW project currently under development in Benton County, Indiana, as the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm. AWS has signed a 13-year purchase agreement with developer Pattern Energy for the previously named Fowler Ridge. The project will produce 500GWh of electricity to power AWS’ Cloud data centres. Project owner, Pattern, expects construction at the project in Indiana, northern US, in April. Completion is due in early 2016. AWS, owned by the online retailer Amazon, . . .