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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.

December 12, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Representatives to meet about Fulton County wind farm

Fulton County may get a wind farm after all. The Board of Commissioners voted to nix the idea last month. But Monday night, the Area Plan Commission is listening to the public once more. Noise, pollution and ruining the rural countryside landscape are the main concerns with those opposing the project, while much needed revenue is driving the proponents of the plan. “The calls I get are way against it instead of for it,” said County Commissioner Rick Ranstead. “I . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Warning of risks of industrial wind turbines

I live in Tipton County. This letter is regarding suggestions on your setback allowances for industrial wind turbines (IWTs). Our county was the first to attempt to have the turbines located close to residential homes and communities. I have invested many hours in researching and fighting IWTs in several counties in Indiana. Many counties have changed their setbacks due to health risks. Whitley County is a half mile from the property line. Noble County has a 3,960-foot setback and a . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Hard lessons can be learned from Tipton Co. wind turbine project

I recently read that Cass County was presented information about a possible wind farm project. When Tipton County went down this path, as a county commissioner, I missed a few due diligence items. Setbacks: I did not take into account that the towers in Benton and White counties – at 350 feet in height and a setback from non-participating landowners of 1000 feet – should not be the standard setback in other counties where turbine heights were going to be 500 feet . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County to revise wind turbine ordinance

Wabash County’s ordinance regulating commercial wind turbines may soon become even more strict. The county’s Plan Commission will vote on a proposal to increase restrictions on turbines at its 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, meeting. According to Plan Commission Director Mike Howard, the new restrictions are to further prevent wind turbine companies from setting up shop in Wabash County. “We’re making it very difficult for them to meet our setbacks. The increase in the size of the units has made . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents speak out against wind turbines; Lifestyle and safety among opponents’ concerns

Disturbing tranquil country living, infringing on property rights and chunks of ice hurling down from above. Those were some of the reasons Cass County residents gave at a packed county commissioners meeting on Monday for opposing wind turbines being proposed for northern Cass County. Renewable Energy Systems, or RES, headquartered in Kings Langley, England, is pursuing as many as 150 wind turbines about 600 feet tall in Adams, Bethlehem, Boone and Harrison townships. Rules in Cass County would require the . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Miami commissioner opposes wind ordinance

PERU – Miami County Commissioner Alan Hunt Monday said he did support the county’s current wind farm ordinance, which sets the guidelines for a proposed wind project that could bring about 75 turbines to the northern part of the county. Hunt made his view known during a regular meeting of the Miami County Board of Commissioners, in which a group of residents spoke out against the proposal saying the project would mar the rural landscape and impede landowners near the turbines . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

City: No turbines near us

Rochester City Council ruled Tuesday that any commercial wind turbines placed in Fulton County must be located three miles from city limits. The ruling followed a presentation by Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles, who spoke about proposed amendments to a section of the county’s zoning ordinance that governs wind energy conversion systems, or WECS. Municipal setbacks “The reason why you have the ability, or you have the requirement, that you need to approve amendments to this code is . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Oral arguments postponed in wind case; Continued to later in December

It will be two or three weeks before a judge hears from Henry County petitioners and government representatives in person regarding Henry County’s ordinance on Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS). A group of residents is challenging the validity of the ordinance in court. They argue that the county didn’t follow procedure when passing the ordinance in 2009. Energy company Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC asked the court to dismiss the entire case, claiming that the petitioners went through the . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It makes it look crooked, doesn’t it?’ Councilman shares public frustration with changes to county plan

Henry County Council member Clay Morgan found himself dumbfounded Wednesday. Sulphur Springs business owner Jim McShirley appeared before Morgan and the rest of the council during their November meeting to share concerns with the final draft of Henry County’s comprehensive plan. McShirley claimed that someone in the local government ordered that the final version of the plan support wind energy development in Henry County. McShirley told the Henry County Council that a change made to the comp plan over the . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Officials side against wind farm

Fulton County Commissioners on Monday took a bold stance against commercial wind energy development in the county, leaving a company’s plans for a three-county wind farm unclear. Commissioners Bryan Lewis and Rick Ranstead unanimously agreed to strike all language pertaining to commercial wind energy conversion systems from the county’s zoning ordinance. Their decision was met with boisterous applause from a large turnout of citizens opposed to a wind farm proposal by Renewable Energy Systems, or RES. It was assuredly a . . . Complete story »

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