Wind Power News: Indiana
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The debate over wind farms in Howard County has been a hot one, at least for those who fill county government’s meeting hall every other week or so. These people, who stand to be directly affected by the installation of windmills in their neighborhood, have complained, shouted, begged, and bargained with the Howard County Commissioners and Howard County Council for more than a year to stop the wind farms, to no avail. So, they searched for a government that would . . .
The Huntington County Plan Commission has tabled a vote on the proposed change to the county’s wind energy ordinance. The vote was tot take place earlier this week, but it has been delayed until July 9th. The delay is to give time to opponents of the wind energy ordinance, so that they can put together a presentation to potentially sway board members. Apex Clean Energy, a Virginia clean energy company, wants to build 65 wind turbines on about 2,000 acres . . .
Industrial wind turbines are a tragedy on Indiana. All county commissioners are scared of being sued byE.ON. E.ON is a bully. Bullies are cowards at heart. You stand up to bullies. So what if they sue? Suits aren’t pleasant, but suffering and harm if these are built are much worse! County officials say economic investments enhance quality of life. What is a good investment? Is it one that brings five jobs, creates little to no tax revenue, and favors only . . .
The judicial review of the Area Plan Commission’s decision allowing wind turbines to be placed in Wells County appears to be a split decision for the wind turbines’ opponents and the company seeking to build them.
The people of eastern Howard County have argued long and loudly against the advent of a wind farm within their community. Their efforts, to this point, have been in vain. So, a group of them approached the nearby town of Converse, hoping to escape the county’s jurisdiction. Last week, Joe Lennon from the Converse Town Council approached the Howard County Council with a proposal – surrender planning and zoning authority for an area within two miles of the town. “I . . .
Any expectations of heated debate over proposed changes to the town of Culver’s wind ordinance at last week’s Culver plan commission meeting were unfounded, though that’s not to say there was no hint of frustration on the part of some on the commission. The discussion, part of the May 20 plan commission meeting, grew from an ordinance on which the commission worked – including public hearings – over the course of the past year, which among other topics regulated wind . . .
This is a tale of two cities and counties, with one city and county thrown in for comparison. The two subject areas are similar in size and their economies are congruent. Both have faced hard economic times and lost a major industry. In both cities the two major employers have overcome economic struggles and are viable entities. The present unemployment rate of the two is below the national average. The two subject cities are my hometown of Gadsden and my . . .
Howard County council considers wind farm abatements; Council considers closed-door session on agreement with E.ON
Opponents of the Wildcat Wind Farm in eastern Howard County once again showed they aren’t ready to let the issue of wind development die down. Community members voiced their desire for the Howard County Council to examine how to back out of its abatement agreement with E.ON Climate & Renewables, which has plans to construct wind turbines in eastern Howard County in phases II and III of the Wildcat Wind Farm. While council members offered no promises to change the . . .
Culver’s town council voted to reconsider a decision made at its previous meeting regarding private, non-commercial wind energy conversion systems (commonly known as windmills or wind turbines), at its most recent meeting May 13. The decision was the result of discussion prompted by audience member Marlene Mahler, who criticized the council’s move two weeks earlier to deny proposed ordinances limiting the height and other specifications on the turbines within the town’s two-mile jurisdiction, and to additionally recommend to the Culver . . .
The fact Howard County has a signed contract with E.On Climate & Renewables for Phase II and Phase III of the Wildcat Wind Farm was always destined to become a political issue, once the first phase went in near Windfall, and people saw firsthand what a 450-foot-tall turbine looks like. Among county officials, there may well be some buyer’s remorse over that contract, which has since been revised to include bigger setback requirements and other concessions from E.On. Wind opponents . . .