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.
The debate over a proposed wind farm project in Fayette County is far from over. A group of roughly 35 residents from Fayette County came together this past Thursday night at the Posey Township residence of Cecil Bell to discuss the impact the proposed Whitewater Wind Farm project would have on the county, especially when it comes to setback distances for the wind turbines. The Whitewater Wind Farm project, proposed by NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla., would see . . .
Another set of eyes will take a look at the county wind ordinance, the Huntington County Commissioners decided at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 9. The commissioners voted to have Richard Hall, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, in Indianapolis, review the ordinance. Commissioner Rob Miller noted that Hall has expertise in wind farm ordinances. Commissioners President Tom Wall explained that Hall “has worked with other counties, with their regulations, and helped put together their ordinances and seen what has . . .
I was appalled at the meeting I attended concerning wind turbines in Rush County. Folks voiced their concerns and rejection of the very thought of our county being inundated with wind turbines. Some with the way our rural county would look, others with the health issues for the folks and animals living in close proximity and some with how very little concern there was for the people of this county, in comparison to the money it might bring. It seems . . .
Despite opposition from a handful of audience members, Culver’s town council Tuesday night passed on first reading a wind energy-related zoning ordinance in the works for nearly two years, and which had bounced back and forth between Culver’s plan commission (which first drafted the ordinance) and the council. The ordinance aimed to regulate use of WECS (Wind Energy Collection Devices) erected in the area for personal – as opposed to commercial – use, as commercial wind turbines had been banned . . .
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has renamed a 150MW project currently under development in Benton County, Indiana, as the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm. AWS has signed a 13-year purchase agreement with developer Pattern Energy for the previously named Fowler Ridge. The project will produce 500GWh of electricity to power AWS’ Cloud data centres. Project owner, Pattern, expects construction at the project in Indiana, northern US, in April. Completion is due in early 2016. AWS, owned by the online retailer Amazon, . . .
Tuesday night could end up as an evening of note in the annals of Fayette County and its history. In front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Fayette Circuit Courtroom, the Fayette County Council emphatically voted 6-0 to approve a 10-year tax abatement for NextEra Energy Resources, with the vote effectively paving the way for the majority of a $250 million wind farm project to be established within the county in the near future. The project, known as the Whitewater . . .
The Howard County Commissioners are set to consider changes to the county’s wind turbine ordinance. If adopted, it is very possible that an industrial wind farm never will be constructed here. The commissioners were expected to hear recommendations to change the ordinance at their Dec. 29 meeting. This follows a meeting of the Howard County Plan Commission, which studied the issue this fall. The commissioners requested in August that the plan commission study the issue and make recommendations on the . . .
As the new year began, the time window for E.ON to expand a wind farm in Grant County ended. E.ON Climate & Renewables had until the last day of 2014 to start pouring concrete for the second phase of its Wildcat Wind Farm, which would have added wind turbines in western Grant County and neighboring Howard County. The deadline was part of the terms of the green-energy company’s economic development agreement with the commissioners. “It’s not going to happen,” Commissioner . . .
Disrespectful; insulting, horrible; intimidating; uncalled for; disgusting; despicable. Those are a few adjectives reflecting the conduct of the Huntington County community development director and several of the Plan Commission members during their Nov. 12 public hearing on amendments to the county’s industrial wind turbine ordinance. About 200 citizen/taxpayers were in attendance — vastly overflowing the assigned courthouse room. Included were several citizens from seven counties who have, via ordinance content, successfully kept IWT out of their communities. Quoting from Ordinance . . .
RUSHVILLE — The first of three counties a Florida-based energy company is eying for a proposed wind farm has taken the steps to make that farm a reality. Rush County Council voted by a count of 4 to 2 Wednesday morning, in a joint meeting of the county’s council and commissioners, to approve a standard 10-year tax abatement for NextEra Energy Resources, which is looking to place approximately 25 turbines in Washington and Union townships in Rush County as part . . .