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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.

September 1, 2015 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Majestic or eyesore

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 . . .

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August 12, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines again discussed at commissioner meeting

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 . . .

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July 23, 2015 • Indiana, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind energy companies work with USFWS on conservation plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to determine the best way to accommodate new wind energy projects while protecting endangered birds and bats that might be killed by running into wind turbines. Members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service came together at a public meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the process for doing so. The Midwest Wind Energy Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan looks at eight different states, including Indiana, to . . .

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July 9, 2015 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Letter to the editor: Expense of renewables astronomical

Thanks again to John Paul for his letters explaining in simple terms the distressing facts concerning Huntington County’s proposed wind turbines. We would do well to heed the advice of well-known billionaire Microsoft developer Bill Gates. Interviewed by the Financial Times on June 1, Gates said the expense of using current renewables such as solar panels and windfarms to produce all or most power would be “beyond astronomical.” He remarked that, at present, very little power actually comes from renewables; . . .

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July 8, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines out in Wells County after zoning rules revision

The Area Plan Commission is recommending that no large wind energy conversion systems, better known as wind turbines, be placed in Wells County. The ban does not affect the locations that have already been approved for Apex Wind Energy, sites that have been the subject of recent litigation and face an uncertain future with county officials. It does mean that, after the county’s zoning and subdivision control ordinances have been amended, there will be no zoning classification that will allow . . .

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July 3, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Apex wind project in jeopardy following Rush County BZA vote for moratorium

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 . . .

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July 3, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

BZA votes 3 to 1 to change setbacks on wind farms; Six month moratorium set on matter

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 . . .

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July 1, 2015 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company’s domination almost complete

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 . . .

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July 1, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine conversation dominates commissioner meeting

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 . . .

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July 1, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Tax analysis from proposed wind farms

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 . . .

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