Wind Power News: Indiana
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GLENWOOD – The Glenwood Town Council will soon have its say on whether or not it approves of a proposed amendment made earlier this summer which would prohibit commercial wind turbines in Rush County. The Glenwood Town Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Town Hall to consider the proposed amendment, which was forwarded with a favorable recommendation last month by the Rush County Area Plan Commission to the county’s legislative bodies for . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – It’s never over until it’s over, and that cliché is never more evident in the ongoing wind farm battle in Rush County. APEX Clean Energy, under its limited liability corporation Flat Rock Wind, last week filed its appellant brief with the Indiana Court of Appeals contesting the May decision by Rush Superior Court Judge Matthew D. Bailey, which upheld the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals decision in 2015 to enact a 2,300-foot wind turbine setback from non-participating property . . .
The gallery of the old circuit courtroom on the second floor of the Henry County Courthouse was standing room only Thursday as citizens of Henry County and beyond shared their thoughts regarding the local “wind farm” ordinance. The Henry County Commissioners asked local zoning administrator Darrin Jacobs to create a committee to review the wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance and Thursday was that committee’s second meeting. By design, the meeting ran from 6 to 9 p.m. with those “for” . . .
The Warren County Commission approved amendments to tweak the county zoning ordinance on siting regulations for wind energy at a public meeting held at 8 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4. All three Commission members voted in favor of the amended ordinance. The amendments previously were recommended by the Area Plan Commission, at a public meeting held Tuesday, July 26, with all members voting in favor. Consideration of the four amendments was requested by commissioners, said attorney John Larson at the Area . . .
The Warren County Commission will consider amendments to tweak the county zoning ordinance on siting regulations for wind energy at a public meeting at 8 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4. The four amendments were requested by attorney John Larson, representing local landowners, zoning Director John Kuiper, and developers from wind energy company Orion Renewable Energy Group. The requested changes come ahead of the county’s potential first wind power project, expected for the northwestern corner of Warren. An application for Special Exception . . .
Motorists traveling east on U.S. 30 see massive wind turbines long before they reach the Ohio border. Timber Road II wind farm began operating in Paulding County, Ohio, in 2011. But turbine setback restrictions approved by the state have hampered development of new large wind farms, including additional turbines in Allen County’s neighboring county. The same opposition that spurred the Ohio law can be found in Indiana, where some county officials are taking steps to make their communities unattractive to . . .
The committee tasked with reviewing Henry County’s existing Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance met for the first time Thursday to allow committee members the opportunity to introduce themselves and map out an approach to how they intend to accomplish the work before them. Henry County Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs, who has no vote but is serving as the moderator for the group, explained the purpose of the committee’s first gathering. “Tonight was just an organizational meeting to give committee . . .
Wind-farm developers have shown interest in building turbines in both Howard and Tipton counties in the last few years. But wind farms won’t be coming to either county anytime soon, and that’s just the way county officials want it. Both counties recently amended their wind ordinances to make it difficult, if not impossible, for wind-energy companies to pursue development within county lines after rural residents pushed back against the prospect of living near a turbine. In Tipton County, that pushback . . .
MIDDLETOWN – As wind farm developers seek to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of 20 percent renewable energy production in Indiana by 2030, some residents in targeted areas are fighting back in inventive ways. Two decades ago, Linda Jones moved from the bustling city life of Indianapolis to a small homestead just outside of Middletown in Henry County. But after three wind energy companies put in bids to operate in the county, Jones worries that her bucolic prairie view . . .
Approximately 150 people attended the wind farm meeting dealing with public participation concerning the current wind farm ordinance Monday night at the Skanta Theatre in the Frankfort Community Public Library. Area Plan Commission President Clark beard felt the meeting was what he had hoped for. “I was determined to make sure that the audience felt like it was their meeting, to talk to us and to direct their concerns about the wind ordinance to us,” said Beard. “I felt like . . .