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.
INDIANAPOLIS – A court saga which has been ongoing for almost two years was finally settled last week by the Indiana Supreme Court. The state’s highest court ruled May 25 to deny a request from Flat Rock Wind, LLC. – also known as Apex Clean Energy – to hear the case of the company’s appeal of the decision, made earlier this year by the Indiana Court of Appeals, upholding a Rush County judge’s decision that the Rush County Area Board of . . .
In a decision that clearly didn’t sit well with most of those in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting of the Henry County Commissioners, the county leaders extended an economic development agreement between the county and wind developer NextEra Energy that dates back to 2014. Attorney Mary Solada, representing NextEra and its West Fork Wind Energy project, noted the company’s plan calls for erecting as many as nine industrial wind turbines in Dudley Township. Solada said the proposed project in southeastern Henry . . .
More than 150 people attended a public meeting Tuesday at Memorial Park to hear from Responsible Wind, a local non-profit education group. The program, entitled “Wind Energy in Henry County,” included presentations about the current forecast of economic growth for Henry County, discussion about possibly revising the ordinance that regulates wind turbines in Henry County and a demonstration of the current proposed distances turbines have to be from properties. According to the group’s Facebook page, Responsible Wind is “focused on . . .
More than two dozen people have filed petitions with Henry Circuit Court 1 asking a judge to take a look at the section of the county’s development code that deals with wind energy conversion systems (WECS). According to court documents filed Friday, the petitioners are from Middletown, Straughn, New Castle, Shirley, Spiceland, Mooreland, Sulphur Springs and Hagerstown. The respondents in the petition are the Henry County Planning Commission, the Henry County Commissioners and Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC. The . . .
On page 9 of the March 19, 2017 Courier-Times, there was a half page ad of a little girl and a wind turbine. It looked like a peaceful country scene. Perhaps that was not an industrial wind turbine in the ad. As a parent, I would not want her anywhere near it. A wind turbine manufacturer would not want her anywhere near it as stated in a Vestas safety instruction manual. Additionally, back in 2006, the manual for the V90 . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission did not have enough votes either way at the most recent meeting to approve or deny requests from two separate wind farm companies who wanted a second one-year extension of the commission-approved uses (CAUs) that will let each company continue to develop their industrial wind turbine projects in the southern part of the county. The requests remain in limbo this week due to a split-vote between commission members, an absentee and an abstention. NextEra Energy . . .
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Henry County Planning Commission did not have enough votes either way Thursday night to approve or deny requests from two wind farm companies who wanted a second one-year extension of the commission-approved uses (CAUs) that will let each company continue to develop their industrial wind turbine projects in the southern part of the county. The planning commission intends to discuss and possibly re-vote on the issue at its June meeting. More information about that will appear in . . .
The Henry County Commissioners accepted a conflict of interest disclosure statement Wednesday from county volunteer and planning commission member Olene Veach. Veach filed the annual statement naming “Calpine Wind Turbine and/or any wind turbine company project in west part of Henry County.” Annual disclosure statements are made when an individual has a potential ongoing financial interest connected with any contracts or purchases of the government entity that they serve on. According to the document filed with the Henry County Clerk’s . . .
An Indiana Access to Public Records Act request of Henry County government emails seem to show that at least one member of the Henry County Planning Commission would like to have a wind turbine up on her private land. Following a public records request by New Castle resident and Responsible Wind Executive Director Melissa Elmore, emails from November 2015 between planning commissioner and Henry County employee Olene Veach and former Zoning Administrator Rachel White became public knowledge. Elmore said she . . .
Indianapolis, Ind. – One state lawmaker is making his last-ditch effort to address one of his constituents’ most pressing concerns. For nearly a year, some people living in representative Tom Saunders’ district counties have begged him to do something about what they say is unethical behavior in wind energy-related decisions. In response, he introduced a bill at the start of the legislative session. “I think there’s some transparency issues,” said Saunders. “I can understand why the constituents I represent have some . . .