Wind Power News: Indiana
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RUSHVILLE – The future of an area wind farm project could be in jeopardy in the wake of a ruling filed late last week in Rush Superior Court. You must be a paid subscriber to view the rest of this story.
The Henry County Commissioners have decided the local “wind ordinance” should be revisited and revised as needed. Following nearly 90 minutes of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the county leaders, commissioner Butch Baker made a motion to have Henry County Planning Commission Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs develop a recommendation regarding the creation of a committee tasked with reviewing the existing wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance. Jacobs is being asked to present his recommendation regarding creation of such a committee . . .
Representatives from Apex Clean Energy were supposed to give a presentation Monday to the New Castle-Henry County Board of Aviation Commissioners (BoAC). Instead, board members got to look over a map that seems to indicate the energy company plans to extend the Flat Rock Wind project beyond the boundaries that have already been approved by county officials. New Castle-Henry County Municipal Airport Manager John Marlatt received the map about two weeks ago from a Henry County resident. Marlatt sent a . . .
According to their lawyer, the Henry County Planning Commission members had no choice but to approve one-year extensions for the Commission Approved Use (CAU) permits for two wind farm projects that have moved forward in southern Henry County. The planning commission approved CAUs for the NextEra Energy Resources and Apex Clean Energy in 2015. Neither company has begun construction. Sean Row, who provides legal counsel for the planning commission, explained during Thursday’s meeting that the county code guarantees a one-year . . .
HENRY COUNTY, Ind. – Residents in Henry County are voicing their concerns over a wind farm proposal in various communities. Texas based energy group Calpine Corp. has been looking at land in several locations in northwest Henry County to build multiple wind farms. The project would cost about $300 million. Landowners would get several thousand dollars for leasing their land for turbine use. Exactly where the turbines will be built still remains an important question, one residents like Susi Eichhorn . . .
Roughly two months after it was filed, the Fayette County Commissioners have now responded in the lawsuit brought against it and Whitewater Wind LLC by several county residents. Attorney Kirk A. Horn, with Mandel Horn P.C. of Carmel, Ind., filed the county’s response this week to the lawsuit, filed in March by attorney Stephen R. Snyder of Snyder Morgan LLP in Syracuse, Ind., on behalf of 34 Fayette County residents. The lawsuit, spearheaded by residents Craig Mosburg, Joe Schultz and . . .
An agreement between a wind developer and the county expected to be considered at Wednesday’s meeting of the Henry County Commissioners was not presented as expected. Apex representative Brenna Gunderson said the company recently learned about a text exchange between a member of the Flat Rock Wind team and a community member, which may have left the impression that if the community member helped get support from local officials, that Apex would reward that individual with a job at Apex. . . .
A resident opposed to construction of a wind farm in southern Henry County has had attorneys write a document objecting to giving it a tax abatement. April 27, the county council granted a tax abatement to Flat Rock Wind Farm LLC. The company is a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia. Henry County resident Gary Roberts is objecting to the designation of about 21 square miles of property as an Economic Revitalization Area, a step in the tax . . .
Plans by the Texas-based Calpine Corporation to build 80-100 turbines for a 200 megawatt wind farm is drawing opposition from some local residents. The proposed Big Blue River Wind Farm would include the townships of Greensboro, Jefferson, Harrison, and Prairie. But some Henry County residents oppose it. Susie Eichhorn’s family owns a farm in the area. The Calpine Corporation approached the family to lease part of their property for the wind farm. But wind turbines can be noisy and sunlight . . .
A Texas based corporation wants to build a windfarm in northwestern Henry County, but the move is drawing opposition from some local residents. The Calpine Corporation intends to build 80-100 turbines for a 200 megawatt wind farm. The proposed Big Blue River Wind Farm would include the townships of Greensboro, Jefferson, Harrison and Prairie. But some Henry County residents oppose it. Susie Eichhorn’s family owns a farm in the area. The Calpine Corporation wants to lease part of their property. . . .