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.
CAMBRIDGE CITY – A group of northern Wayne County residents are asking the Cambridge City Town Council to prohibit construction of tall wind turbines in the 2-mile fringe around the town. The Council heard the area residents and will review information provided and indicated they may conduct a work session early next year on the topic. Former Dublin resident Kylee Bowling, now living north of Hagerstown, said when residents in that part of Wayne County learned of the potential for a . . .
WEST LEBANON, Ind. – On Monday night the Warren County Board of Zoning Appeals approved an exemption allowing development plans for Jordan Creek Wind Farm to progress in the county. Some residents, like Burt Etchison, have vowed to appeal the decision, which, according to John Kuiper, director of Warren County Area Plan and Zoning Office, would have to occur in the next 30 days. Etchison said in addition to concerns about property devaluation, the wind farm poses a safety threat to . . .
RUSHVILLE – It’s going to be a busy, and momentous, coming weeks for the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals regarding the subject of wind energy. The fate of two proposed wind projects, at least in Rush County – the Flat Rock Wind Project led by Apex Clean Energy, and the West Fork Wind Energy Center, led by NextEra Energy Resources – could very well be determined in the next month, beginning this very week. The Rush County BZA on Wednesday . . .
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Around 180 people turned out Monday night at a West Lebanon high school to see whether the Board of Zoning Appeals would approve an exemption to allow construction of Jordan Creek Wind Farm. The measure passed in a 3-2 vote, allowing development plans for the farm to move forward. Orion Renewable Energy Group, the project developer, plans to erect roughly 150 wind turbines throughout Jordan, Liberty, Prairie and Steuben townships, utilizing 27,000 acres of private land. The measure . . .
The Board of Zoning Appeals will soon decide if the Jordan Creek wind project is in Warren County residents’ best interests. The project promises to bring tens of millions of dollars for local economic development and up to 15 permanent full-time jobs, to this community where farmland and agriculture play a heavy role in residents’ day-to-day lives, in the rural county of just 8,269 people. The desire to stimulate the local economy, so basic businesses such as restaurants stay open, . . .
MUNCIE, Ind. – A little more than eight years after Brevini was introduced as Muncie and Delaware County’s gateway to the new world of green energy, the Italian company is doing a slow fade from local view. The announcement in late 2008 that Brevini, a European maker of gearboxes for industries worldwide, would move its North American headquarters from Illinois to Muncie and also open Brevini Wind in the Park One/332 industrial park at Interstate 69 and Ind. 332 was greeted . . .
A wind turbine company that had been exploring expanding into Wayne County is reportedly evaluating its options, following a vote by county commissioners this week that is expected to result in extreme difficulty for that or any company to locate wind power generators on area land. Steve Higinbotham, who heads the county’s planning and zoning commission, said representatives of EDP Renewables have told him they were uncertain whether they would proceed in attempting to bring industrial wind turbines to the . . .
An energy company must honor its agreement to pay for wind power a farm generates even if it is not transmitted due to power grid overload, the Seventh Circuit ruled. When it signed a contract with Benton County Wind Farm LLC, Seventh Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook ruled that Duke Energy Indiana knowingly accepted the risk that the supply of wind energy would outstrip the capacity of the delivery grids. “Duke wanted Benton’s facilities to exist and called them into existence . . .
The Wayne County Commissioners on Wednesday approved a change to local ordinances that will effectively ban the establishment of a wind farm in the county. The commissioners voted unanimously, 3-0, to pass a multi-level change to county laws on wind energy, thereby creating a requirement that those who wish to install industrial turbines on their property must seek a zoning variance to do so. This means future efforts to bring industrial turbines to the area would be determined on a . . .
Recently completed road work in Posey and Fairview townships – the slated home for a portion of the West Fork Wind Energy Center project – was again a hot topic this week for Fayette County Commissioners. Commissioner Frank Jackson found himself explaining both the recent road work, along with the economic development and tax abatement extensions granted by the county to NextEra Energy Resources, during Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting. The recent road work in Posey and Fairview townships, in which the . . .