Wind Power News: Indiana
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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 . . .
How would you like 2,000 more turbines on top of the 1,000 we already have? Wind turbines are ugly and noisy, they kill birds, and they produce very little electricity at a very high cost. Naturally the government thinks we ought to have more of them. And northern Indiana, being flat and windy, is likely to get a lot of them. If you think the 1,031 wind turbines we have now are a blight upon the land, how would you . . .
Credit the ice ages for making Indiana a good place to turn wind into electricity. All that glacial action scoured flat the northern half of the state and sculpted the perfect terrain for wind turbines. A few million years later, the Environmental Protection Agency is about to use regulatory fiat to make the state even more attractive to industrial windmills. New EPA rules coming down the pike will cut carbon emissions from coal and gas power plants for the first . . .