Wind Power News: Indiana
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The wind has died and the dust has settled in Howard County. Difficult market conditions and six years’ worth of grassroots efforts by citizens arguing the potential ill effects of wind energy ended Phases II and III of the Wildcat Wind Farm in Howard and Grant counties. It was made official at a special meeting of the Howard County Commissioners last week. As part of the termination of the agreement, the commissioners also passed a resolution asking the Howard County . . .
Sometimes you wonder if anything good happens to ordinary good people. In this time of domestic and international strife, local problems are overcome by the enormity of more pressing issues. The Afghanistan and Iraq wars are monumental in relation, domestic unemployment problems persist, the ever-increasing United States debt, racial problems in Ferguson, Mo., and the list goes on. Good things happened for good people in three small communities as manifested by wonderful news concerning giant windmills and their associated projects. . . .
The Wildcat Wind Farm project survived six years of recession and remonstration, but last week it finally breathed its last. Faced with changing economic conditions and an unrelenting opposition that had expanded into political activism, the Howard County Commissioners terminated their agreement with e.On last week. The action took place in a special meeting on Aug. 14, and the commissioners further passed a resolution to the Howard County Plan Commission to enact more restrictive standards on wind farms and to . . .
With the recent termination of its contract to build an industrial wind farm here in eastern Howard County, E.ON has caused a huge sigh of relief to be expelled by many of the residents here. Many, but not all. As is often the case, there are some in this controversy who will feel shortchanged by the decision of the wind developer not to move forward. The entire ordeal has left scars on both sides of the issue. With the commissioners’ . . .
The plan commission public hearing held at Huntington North High School in May 14 had 30 citizens speak on their beliefs concerning industrial wind turbines, proposed for Plum Tree. The vast majority spoke in opposition to the ordinance. Ordinance 2010-17 limits the setback of industrial wind turbines to a minimum of 1,000 feet from the turbine to a residence, 2,000 feet to any river. The permitted noise level is 60 decibels. I presented to the meeting a recent advisory by . . .
Many residents attending Thursday’s special Howard County Board of Commissioners meeting expected contentious discussion regarding the future of the Wildcat Wind Farm. What they got instead is something many might refer to as a “win-wind” situation. The commissioners and E.ON Climate & Renewables came to an agreement to terminate their economic development agreement, putting a halt to the Wildcat Wind Farm in eastern Howard County, while ending six years of debate over the turbines that had long been a subject . . .
The Howard County Commissioners will conduct a special meeting Thursday to “consider matters pertaining to the Wildcat Wind Farm project.” Details of the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in room 338 of the Howard County Administration Center, are not yet clear, but are likely to focus on future wind development in the county. The agenda for the meeting also includes “adoption of proposed order establishing new precincts in Howard County.” Howard County Commissioners Paul Wyman and Tyler . . .
Citizens of Tipton County should have the reasonable assurance that local laws and ordinances put in place to protect them will not be randomly abandoned. Instead, some find themselves begging the leadership not to waiver from those laws in favor of the whims of an out-of-county resident for his personal gain. Many citizens in Prairie Acres are exasperated by their inability to understand the inconsistent thought processes employed by our commissioners and planning and zoning members. The commissioners used the . . .
The Wells County Area Plan Commission won’t participate in defending its own decision regarding wind turbines in southern Wells County. Want to read the full article online? You may either: Login to your Bluffton News Banner account with a subscription Signup for an account and purchase a subscription from your profile.
A second high-voltage transmission line — this one intended for power from Kansas wind turbines — is making its way toward central Illinois. The Grain Belt Express power line would carry electricity from wind farms in western Kansas across central Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, following the same general corridor as the Illinois Rivers power line already announced by Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois. Illinois Rivers also would carry wind-generated power west to east. Kansas and Indiana utility regulators have . . .