Wind Power News: Indiana
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"We have sacrificed everything for this land," said Jennifer Gatrel, 33, who, along with her husband, Jeff, farms a 430-acre cattle ranch in western Missouri. "We don't go on vacation. We don't go out to eat. Everything we have is tied up in this land. The idea that somebody can come in and take it from us is appalling and it goes against what it is to be an American."
At a recent public meeting it was brought to my attention by anti-wind supporters that Tipton County has perhaps the most liberal wind ordinance in the world. You can place a 450-foot turbine within 1 FOOT of an occupied residence. There are communities with zoning ordinances that have minimum setbacks of 1,000 feet from an occupied structure, and some countries with 5 mile setbacks. In Tipton County there are two decisive minimum setback requirements listed in the new wind zoning . . .
The idea of wind power as a big-time energy factor certainly may be more than just hot air. But as an alternative energy, its impact will likely be more candle in the wind than the wind beneath our wings. Despite the desire and need for alternative energy, neither wind nor biofuels nor anything else is “going to do away with oil, coal and natural gas in my lifetime,” Purdue University Energy Extension Specialist Chad Martin said in addressing a growing . . .
A proposal to build a large wind-farm operation in the southwest corner of LaGrange County is dead, The News Sun reported. Rob Propes, development manager for Apex Clean Energy Inc., said in an email sent to Bob Shanahan, LaGrange County planning administrator, Apex had decided not to pursue the Clear Spring Wind Energy project in LaGrange County due to “a lack of landowner participation.” Apex Clean Energy is a U.S.-based developer of commercial-scale, renewable-energy facilities in North America such as . . .
While county officials have said they are uncertain about the future of the Wildcat wind farm project, a representative from E.ON Climate and Renewables met with Madison-Grant school officials Monday to tout its potential benefits. At their board meeting on Monday night, Madison-Grant school officials heard from Andy Melka, Wildcat Wind Farm’s Midwest-Northeast Region development director, who discussed the pros of having a wind farm in Grant County. Phase two of the $175 million Wildcat project would include project sites . . .
HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Apex Clean Energy hopes to invest $195 million into Huntington County by creating wind farms in the southeast part of the county. But a group of concerned citizens is saying not so fast. Plans for wind turbines in Huntington County are still preliminary. The Virginia-based company is still exploring the idea. Learn more about Apex Clean Energy’s wind farm plan In the meantime, the group “Huntington County Concerned Citizens” has cropped up. It hopes to . . .
Plans to build a wind farm in southwestern LaGrange County have been scrapped. County officials were notified last Friday. The project had been in the works since a preliminary tax abatement was granted in 2010. Wind conditions around the Topeka area were favorable. However, in the end, apex clean energy could not secure enough land use agreements with local farmers to make the project financially viable.
Turbines are going to catch fire. We have stated this in some of our presentations to our elected officials. Wind companies can put on classes for local emergency responders and make it look like all their bases are covered and everyone is perfectly safe. But when it comes down to it, the tactic of “isolate and deny entry” is the only tactic that will be able to be used by any emergency service. As well meaning and capable as any . . .
I find it interesting that after the recent wind turbine blade failure in Tipton, E.ON spokesman Elon Hasson was quoted in the Kokomo Tribune as “such failures are rare” and a GE issued statement included, “Blade breaks in wind turbines are rare.” It is odd that what the wind industry continues to call rare seems to happen with awful regularity. As I write this, just hours ago in Pennsylvania, another blade snapped in half at the EverPower-owned turbine farm near . . .
Storm clouds are brewing over a proposed wind farm. Like just about every other community that’s presented with an opportunity to welcome massive wind turbines, there are pros and cons. Apex Clean Energy is based in Virginia. It operates one wind farm in Oklahoma and wants to build others across the country, including one that’s pending in Wells County and now in southeastern Huntington County. Republican county commissioner Larry Buzzard says Apex wants to erect up to 65 wind turbines . . .