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.
A group of Henry County residents who are challenging local wind turbine rules filed a response Friday to a ‘motion to dismiss’ that had been filed by Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC. Petitioners from Middletown, Straughn, New Castle, Shirley, Spiceland, Mooreland, Sulphur Springs and Hagerstown asked the local courts in May to review the Henry County Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. Attorneys representing the group argue that Big Blue River Wind Farm, a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, reached . . .
The winds of discord have blown through Henry County in recent years. Neighbor has sometimes stood against neighbor. The courthouse has often been packed to overflowing as elected representatives weigh the potential benefits and hazards of erecting industrial windfarms in rural communities at all four corners of the county. As of this writing, local wind turbine projects seem to have run their course with local decision-makers. A lawsuit is still working its way through the system to clarify whether or . . .
The Courier-Times published an article that has left the impression with a lot of people that wind farms are on their way to Henry County. They are not. Our protest and Petition for Judicial Review are alive and well. There was a Motion to Dismiss filed by Big Blue River Wind Farms, LLC (Calpine), County Commissioners and Planning Commission. It is a common practice always worth a try. There will be a timely response filed to that Motion. Our Petition . . .
County to hear another wind application permit; West Fork Wind seeks transmission line in Rush County
RUSHVILLE – Roughly nine months after their decision effectively hampering a proposed wind farm project in Rush County, the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals will again decide on a permit application from the company working on that project. The Rush County BZA, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Rush County Courthouse, will weigh in on a special exception permit from West Fork Wind LLC., also known as NextEra Energy Resources, for a transmission line for the West Fork Wind . . .
A group of Henry County residents who are challenging local wind turbine rules have until the middle of September to respond to a ‘motion to dismiss’ filed by Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC. Petitioners from Middletown, Straughn, New Castle, Shirley, Spiceland, Mooreland, Sulphur Springs and Hagerstown asked the local courts in May to review the Henry County Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. The filings claimed that the WECS ordinance is invalid because the Henry County Planning Commission didn’t . . .
Representatives from No Wind Farms Montgomery County presented Montgomery County Commissioners with a petition Monday stating they are opposed to wind farms in Montgomery County. Commissioners accepted the hand-delivered petition but made no comment. During public comment at the conclusion of the meeting, and before the petition was presented, Commissioner John Frey said they had asked county attorney Dan Taylor to look into the 2010 Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance that governs the construction of wind farms. Frey reiterated what he . . .
The group of residents organizing against plans for two local wind energy farms are calling for a land use ordinance to prohibit wind turbines in the county. Abby Hoffman, Linden, a member of No Wind Farm Montgomery County, presented county commissioners with a petition on Monday asking the board to start working on the ordinance. The group has spoken out against the farms at several county meetings over concerns for health, the environment and property. Sugar Creek LLC, a subsidiary . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission on Thursday denied a one year extension for the CAU (Commission Approved Use) for both NextEra Energy Inc. and its West Fork Wind Project and Apex Clean Energy and its Flat Rock Wind Project. The projects, approved two years ago, were attempting to extend their CAUs until they take such measures as procuring building permits and begin construction, explained Henry County Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs. The denial means that NextEra and Apex will have to . . .
NEW CASTLE – A wind energy project once slated to span three area counties finds itself this week having issues with two of those very counties. The Henry County Area Plan Commission, during its meeting Thursday night, effectively denied a year extension which had been requested by NextEra Energy Resources in regard to the West Fork Wind Project, along with denying a year extension for Apex Clean Energy concerning its Flat Rock Wind Project. Thursday night’s votes by the Henry County . . .
Peter L. Kelley, president of public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently responded to a “Letter to the Editor” written by John Pickerill, a well-known U.S. Navy Commander and Montgomery County, Ind., resident. This letter is in response to Kelley misguiding the people of our county and state. Kelley states: “Wind farms are perfectly safe.” Kelley also states hundreds of thousands of people live near wind farms around the world without experiencing health issues. Kelley is leaving . . .