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 local battle between a group of Fayette County landowners, the county and Big Wind will now find itself with a new face in the game. A new judge. Fayette Circuit Judge Beth A. Butsch, who had been presiding in the court case involving Fayette County Commissioners, Whitewater Wind LLC – aka NextEra Energy Resources – and the group of 34 county landowners challenging the legitimacy of the county’s wind turbine decommissioning agreement with NextEra, recused herself this week from . . .
For a number of months, a well-defined line was drawn in the sand, so to speak, regarding Rush County residents viewpoint on wind turbines. During a July 1, 2015 public hearing conducted by the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals, a number of representatives from the parent company of Flat Rock Wind, LLC – Apex Clean Energy spoke to local board members, county officials and Rush County citizens on the proposed plan to place 66 wind energy conversion systems (WECS) . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – Towering turbines that sprouted from the ground in Northern Indiana were heralded by some as a green energy cash crop that paid leases to landowners and, by extension, property taxes to local governments. But as industrial wind energy tries to blow into other parts of the state, it’s running into resistance from communities that fear those turbines will overrun the landscape. Private developers are in an aggressive push to double the number of Indiana’s wind farms. But they . . .
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. [download] Special Rush Superior Court Judge Matthew D. Bailey ruled May 27 to let the July 2015 decision, by the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals, to approve special exception permits for the construction of wind turbines for the proposed Flat Rock Wind project stand, despite claims from APEX Clean Energy – the . . .
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 . . .