Wind Power News: Indiana
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Jeff Ward’s article about HB1597 regarding location of wind turbines was interesting. Good points made. I do question a few points though. He says that Randolph County’s 100 wind turbines provide energy for 60,000 homes. I have a feeling that is only under perfect, peak conditions, which never happens 100-percent of the time. I have seen data showing wind farms only produce at about 25-percent capacity. Perhaps that is still not bad, but it does provide a different, more realistic . . .
Clinton County leaders are moving forward with plans to ratify an updated wind farm ordinance. The new ordinance will be stricter than the ordinance already on the books. This includes how far wind turbines must sit away from homes and how much noise they can produce. Clinton County commissioners said they will let it go into effect without changes. If no action is taken, the ordinance will become law on Feb. 25. By state statute, the commissioners can vote to . . .
Wind energy also was addressed by the lawmakers. Saunders has written a bill that would establish a county-wide vote before any approval of wind turbines, mandate setback distances and create a code of ethics for elected officials involved in wind turbine decisions. He admitted wind turbines will be a controversial issue during this legislative session. "I don't know that we expected to live with an industrial utility in my backyard or your backyard," said Saunders, who lives in Henry County and whose district includes the northwest portion of Wayne County. "There are property rights issues, and that needs to be discussed."
Wind farms are controversial in Indiana, with some counties welcoming them while others are appalled at the thought of tall towers and humming blades overtaking their communities. And it’s that controversy that led State Rep. Tom Saunders, R- Lewisville, to file a bill calling for more public input on the subject. Saunders’ bill would allow residents to vote on the construction of a wind turbine before one could be built in an Indiana county, municipality or township. The bill also . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – With debates raging throughout Fayette, Rush and Henry counties regarding slated wind farm projects in the area, a state representative is pushing for legislation which would give residents more of a voice concerning such issues. Indiana State Rep. Tom Saunders, a Republican from Lewisville, announced Monday that he has crafted proposed legislation – House Bill 1597 – which, if passed, would allow residents to vote on the construction of wind farms in their communities before such facilities are built . . .
Company, leaders mull wind turbines for local region; Firm considering Cass, Fulton, Miami and Kosciusko counties, official says
Wind turbines may be coming to Cass, Fulton, Kosciusko and Miami counties, according to a local official. Cass County Commissioners President Jim Sailors said a company has expressed interest in raising the turbines throughout the four-county area. He said it was too early to disclose the name of the firm and did not know how many turbines it’s considering. The company is eyeing the northeastern part of Cass County for the project, he continued, adding lease agreements with landowners in . . .
Seven years ago, a company came to Fayette County wanting to develop a Commercial Wind Farm in Posey and Fairview Townships. They claim they were “invited” by the people of Fayette County. There are a lot of farmers and homeowners in Fairview and Posey Township who would like to “un-invite” them and send them back where they cam from – except it’s difficult to tell exactly where they came from. This company started out as Boulevard and Associates, LLC, a . . .
The Area Plan Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to reject all 11 objections made by the Clinton County Commissioners regarding the LUPAC/Wind Ordinance before a packed Circuit Court Courtroom on the third floor of the Clinton County Courthouse. The five-member committee, headed up by new president Dan Sheets, took an hour to reject all of the Commissioners’ objections that were put forth in a December 15 public hearing held at Clinton Central. “We went through each item line-by-line and had . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission decided during last week’s meeting it will consider recommendations about wind turbine setbacks at a future meeting. Some local residents are upset that wind turbines came up at the most recent meeting at all. The agenda for Thursday’s meeting contained end of the year business and did not include anything about turbines or county regulations about their construction. Commission member Steve Dugger made a motion at the end of the meeting that would allow the . . .
The fight might not be over for a group of Fayette County residents regarding a proposed wind farm within the county, but that fight was dealt a setback this week. Franklin Circuit Judge Clay Kellerman, in a ruling made Dec. 12 and filed Wednesday with the Fayette County Clerk’s Office, has dismissed a civil suit brought by a group of Fayette County landowners against both Whitewater Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the Fayette County Commissioners which . . .