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.
Officials representing the Big Blue River Wind Farm project will not speak at the April 21 Henry County Planning Commission as previously scheduled. Late Wednesday afternoon, Rachel White, Henry County zoning administrator, said she received notice of an indefinite continuance from the law firm representing Calpine, the company that owns the wind project. The continuance was regarding the construction of a potential meteorological tower in Sulphur Springs. “On behalf of Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC, we hereby respectfully request . . .
HENRY COUNTY, Ind. – A battle over wind turbines is brewing in Henry County. Landowners have already been approached by a Texas-based firm to allow them to place the giant turbines on their property. Governmental agencies have not approved plans, and some residents want to keep it that way. Texas-based Calpine Corporation wants to build 80 to 100 wind turbines in the northern quadrant of Henry County. “They are talking about 499-feet-tall wind turbines. It’s scary,” said wind farm opponent Eric . . .
NEW CASTLE – A third company is looking to Henry County for the development of a wind farm and an opposition group has already been formed. Texas-based Calpine Corp. is seeking to develop the Big Blue River Wind Farm in northwestern Henry County to include the townships of Greensboro, Harrison, Jefferson and Prairie. Two other wind farms have been proposed in southern Henry County. A request filed with the Henry County Planning Commission for the placement of a 328-foot meteorological . . .
Northern Henry County residents have no idea what is happening behind the scenes. Calpine Wind Turbine Co. has taken steps to begin a wind farm in our quiet, pristine farming communities. Upon visiting an existing wind farm in the Winchester area, my brother and I were shocked immediately upon experiencing, firsthand, the noise of these gigantic wind towers. The 1/4-mile set-back for each is not nearly enough. They will be in your backyard, literally. We spoke to a homeowner with . . .
As of March 4, 2016, Apex filed a Notice of Tort Claim Pursuant to Indiana Code 34-13-3 (Indiana Tort Claims Against Governmental Entities and Public Employees Act). To summarize the notice, Apex claims that the commissioner’s official action on September 8th, 2015 to cease and desist all negotiations with Apex and to arbitrarily and capriciously reject the wind energy project will cause Apex to sustain economic losses – such as lost profits and incurred development expenses – which will exceed . . .
Things had been quiet locally, thus far in 2016, regarding the proposed Whitewater Wind Farm project. Not any more. The fight against the proposed wind farm project has been picked back up again, by a large group of Fayette County citizens, with the filing late this week at the Fayette County Clerk’s Office of a civil plenary complaint against both the Fayette County Commissioners and NextEra Energy Resources, the energy company behind the Whitewater Wind Farm project. The project, slated . . .
Given Rush County’s reluctance to participate in the proposed Flat Rock Wind Farm, Apex Clean Energy is looking into the possibility of placing all of the wind turbines involved in Henry County. Brenna Gunderson, an Apex senior development manager, appeared before the Henry County Commissioners recently and said the company is investigating the idea of erecting 60 to 90 turbines in an expanded area of Henry County. The company’s original plan was to place 25 to 30 turbines in southeast . . .
The wind turbine article in the Tuesday, Jan. 19 edition is deceiving. It talks of saving a school’s energy costs. Let’s look at what the article says. The wind turbine cost was at least $2.6 million in bonds plus grants. It will save them (using their averages) about $114,000 annually for electricity. At that rate it takes 22.8 years to pay back the $2.6 million in bonds. This is approximately the useful life of the turbine. But what about the . . .
Given Rush County’s reluctance to participate in the proposed Flat Rock Wind Farm, Apex Clean Energy is looking into the possibility of placing all of the wind turbines involved in Henry County. Brenna Gunderson, an Apex senior development manager, appeared before the Henry County Commissioners Wednesday and said the company is investigating the idea of erecting 60 to 90 turbines in an expanded area of Henry County. The company’s original plan was to place 25 to 30 turbines in southeast . . .
LEWISVILLE – Approximately 50 people attended an informational forum Tuesday at The Gathering, just east of this small Henry County town on U.S. Hwy 40. The meeting was hosted by Apex Clean Energy and focused on what’s involved with the construction of the type of large wind turbines being proposed for placement in Henry, Rush and Fayette counties. “We’re here to give a presentation which we call Conversations on Wind, and it it’s just an opportunity to educate anybody from the . . .