Wind Power News: Indiana
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LEWISVILLE – Approximately 50 people attended an informational forum Tuesday at The Gathering, just east of this small Henry County town on U.S. Hwy 40. The meeting was hosted by Apex Clean Energy and focused on what’s involved with the construction of the type of large wind turbines being proposed for placement in Henry, Rush and Fayette counties. “We’re here to give a presentation which we call Conversations on Wind, and it it’s just an opportunity to educate anybody from the . . .
Appalachian Power has issued pre-qualification documents for parties interested in bidding on an up-coming Request for Proposal (RFP) for up to 150 MW of wind power. The utility provider currently has one million customers in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., and delivers electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers through 223,000 miles of distribution lines in 11 states. The RFP . . .
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . .
Roughly three months after receiving the green light from Fayette County, a proposed wind farm project is still in search of a buyer for the electricity it would produce. The Whitewater Wind Farm, a proposed wind farm project that would span three counties – including Fayette – has received its special exception permits from both Fayette and Henry counties, which was the last major hurdle the project had to clear, at least regarding local governments, in order to become a . . .
MERRILLVILLE | The Board of Zoning Appeals supports a project that could expand educational opportunities at the ITT Technical Institute campus in Merrillville. The school is pursuing a variance of use that would allow it to install two wind turbines on its property at 8488 Georgia St. The board unanimously approved the request, which moves to the Town Council for final approval. The variance is needed because the town’s zoning rules don’t allow wind turbines anywhere in Merrillville, board attorney . . .
A representative of Apex Clean Energy says a recent Rush County decision to cease negotiations with the company regarding the placement of wind turbines in that county has created some unanswered questions. As was reported in The C-T earlier this week, the Rush County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to cease talks with Apex about the placement of large wind turbines commonly referred to as the Flat Rock Wind Farm. The company’s original plan was to place approximately 65 wind . . .
In recent months, the county commissioner meetings have been a crowded affair, with many local and county residents attending in hope of voicing their opinion regarding wind turbines. Those against the project moving forward have grown in numbers and attended a number of APC, BZA and commissioner meeting in recent months voicing reasons and concerns as to why they do not want multiple 600-foot wind turbines becoming a part of the Rush County landscape. Tuesday’s county commissioner meeting was no . . .
By a vote of 3 to 0, the Rush County Commissioners voted Tuesday to cease negotiations with Apex Clean Energy, the company looking to develop what is commonly referred to as the Flat Rock Wind Farm. “(My vote) was basically due to opposition from the constituents in the county,” Rush County Commissioner Paul Wilkinson said. Wilkinson said he considered the benefits from the investment Apex was prepared to make “very heavily” but that he felt obliged to do what the . . .
Now what do you feel deserves to word majestic to be used to describe it. How about a sunrise or sunset or the Rocky Mountains, how about the Yellowstone National Park? Now I can think of a lot of places and things that I have driven thousands of miles to see that could justify the use of that word. But wind generators is not one of them. So what about eyesore, for me it’s something that takes away the beauty . . .
A trend for a number of Rush County Commissioner meetings had been open discussion regarding wind turbines. Monday’s meeting was no exception. After handling necessary business from various county department heads, the county leaders asked those in attendance for public comment or questions. Rob Propes, Senior Development Manager for APEX, attended the meeting and answered a number of questions from residents and the county leaders. One question centered on the amount of Rush County taxpayer dollars that will be incurred . . .