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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The draft is being prepared by the service, state wildlife agencies from seven . . .
Good or bad? Industrial wind turbines are divisive and cause hatred among families, friends and neighbors. Is it worth it? I personally am not in favor of industrial wind turbines in Huntington County. Sincerely, George DeWeese, Warren. These words recently appeared as a ‘letter to the editor’ in a local newspaper. They were written by a Warren businessman. As a member of the Huntington County Concerned Citizens, I believe sentiments are being expressed more each day by many people. Like . . .
During Monday’s county commissioner meeting, a number of Rush County citizens raised questions on the possibility of energy producing wind turbines being erected in the county. Two public meetings have been scheduled on the matter. The public meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on July 1 and July 30 in the Root Building located on the Rush County Fairgrounds. Prior to those meetings, those in attendance Monday voiced their concerns regarding Rush County zoning issues, the possibility in the . . .
The final decision on whether Fayette County’s zoning ordinance concerning the setback distance standard for wind turbines still rests with county commissioners, but the Area Plan Commission this past week might have made that decision a little easier for them. The Fayette County APC voted 8-0 Thursday night – APC member Jason Waterman was absent – to give an unfavorable recommendation to county commissioners concerning a petition from the Wind Project Concerned Citizens group, which had been seeking to amend . . .
Shannon Thom, chief executive officer of REMC, likened the advent of wind power to the introduction of electricity to rural America in the 1930s and 1940s Thursday at the Henry County Planning Commission hearing for Flat Rock Wind Farms. “People wondered ‘what will happen if there is a storm?'” Thom said of the invention already common by that time in metropolitan areas. “Will the wires fall down and kill the cattle?” Esthetics was also a concern in the early days . . .
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed last year’s Huntington Circuit Court decision concerning wind turbines in southern Wells County, turning down an appeal of that decision by six residents of southern Wells County. It is not certain if the matter will be appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court. The appellate court, in a decision released May 12, said Special Judge Thomas Hakes of Huntington Circuit Court was correct in his ruling of June 10, 2014. In that ruling, Hakes . . .
Court of Appeals of Indiana. James E. and Tamara L. DUNMOYER, Jr., Linus and Karen Harrold, Theron and Clara Miller, Clarence and Beverly Zimmerman, individually and as Trustees of the Clarence Zimmerman and Beverly Zimmerman Revocable Living Trust, Michael and Barbara Butche, and Jeffrey and Janet Harshman, Appellants–Petitioners, v. WELLS COUNTY, Indiana Area Plan Commission, Wells County Wind II, LLC, Apex Clean Energy Holdings, LLC, and Apex Wind Energy, Inc., Appellees–Respondents. No. 90A02–1407–MI–460. Decided: May 12, 2015 Robert W. Eherenman, . . .
A new date has been set for the public hearing on a proposed amendment regarding the setback distance for wind turbines in Fayette County. Fayette County Area Plan Commission Director Bill MacDaniel announced Wednesday that the public hearing, which had been slated to occur Monday, will now take place Thursday, May 28 at the Robert E. Wise Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Connersville High School. The new date and venue is in response to a vote by . . .
The debate over whether to amend Fayette County’s setback ordinance for wind turbines will now take place another day, due to a rarely-seen occurrence this week at a public hearing on the matter. Both supporters and opponents of a proposed wind farm in Fayette County packed the city council chambers at Connersville City Hall, in addition to the entire hallway outside council chambers and the sidewalk lining the front of City Hall Monday night, in anticipation of the public hearing . . .
Thursday evening, the assembly room at the courthouse was overflowing into the hallways with concerned Rush County citizens. The concerns came from rumor of wind turbines coming into Rush County. Joining the citizens were representatives from Apex Clean Energy and members of APC/BZA. The Flat Rock Wind Project was summarized during the meeting. Rob Propes, senior development manager of the project stated that the turbines would be located on approximately 28,000 acres of open farmland in rural northern Rush County . . .