Wind Power News: Indiana
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INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed Flat Rock Wind Project in Rush County became a little less likely to happen, at least in Rush County, as of this week. The Indiana Court of Appeals Tuesday morning issued its opinion on the case involving Flat Rock Wind, LLC. – also known as Apex Clean Energy – and the Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals, with that opinion upholding the decision back in July 2015 to enact a 2,300-foot setback distance, from non-participating property . . .
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Rush County zoning ruling requiring industrial wind turbines to be at least 2,300 feet from some people’s property lines. The judges emphasized that the zoning ordinances outline minimum distances and the zoning board is able to increase those distances when warranted. Flat Rock Wind LLC seeks to construct a wind farm on more than 29,000 acres in Rush and Henry counties with 95 wind turbines, with 65 of those in Rush . . .
In Flat Rock Wind, LLC v. Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals, et al., a 26-page opinion, Judge Riley writes: Appellant-Petitioner, Flat Rock Wind, LLC (Flat Rock), appeals the trial court’s decision, affirming Appellee-Respondent’s, Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), grant of Flat Rock’s amended application to construct a commercial Wind Energy Conversion System, subject to the requirement to locate each industrial wind turbine at least 2,300 feet from a non-participating owner’s property line. We affirm. Appellant . . .
We have a terrible disease running rampant In Clinton County. The disease is called “political bullying.” The eastern side of Clinton County has been in a political fight regarding wind farming. In 2012 the seated commissioners stated, “No wind farming in Clinton County.” This decision was made, due to the majority standing up and stating, “No wind farming.” This constituent did due diligence. In 2011 and 2012, I went to Benton County and to Tipton County on four particular trips. . . .
I am writing in response to the article, “No ‘home rule’ on wind farms?” Palladium-Item, Jan. 31. As stated in the opening sentence, wind farms are a polarizing topic, and that is why I felt it necessary to respond. I am a lifelong resident of rural Clinton County. Two industrial wind companies have approached my county and are each seeking to build a wind farm near where I live. A comparison was made between Delaware/Wayne counties and Randolph County to . . .
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 establishes . . .
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 . . .