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.
A meeting next week on the Flatrock Wind Project may determine the fate of Rush County, according to Stu Linville, a wind farm protester, so to speak. Linville, along with several others, formed an LLC in hopes to bring education and awareness to Rush County. “We actually formed an LLC, Rush County Wind Awareness, and we do have legal representation to give us some legal guidance along this route,” Linville said in an interview. “Many of us have heard talk . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission has voted unanimously to grant Whitewater Wind’s request for up to eight wind turbines in Dudley Township. About 50 people attended the commission’s meeting Tuesday, with some speaking against the proposal. The next step for Whitewater Wind is to participate in similar meetings in Fayette and Rush counties, which are also included in the wind farm plans. The company is considering placing 77 wind turbines, including 43 in Fayette, 25 in Rush, and as many . . .
The Whitewater Wind Farm project took a huge step forward in Fayette County Wednesday night. Fayette County Commissioners, by a count of 2-0, voted to approve the county Area Plan Commission’s unfavorable recommendation for amending the county’s current setback ordinance, which determines the required distance of a wind turbine from the dwelling and property line of a non-participating landowner. The APC had forwarded their unfavorable recommendation on amending the ordinance to commissioners, after weighing in on the petition from the . . .
For a number of years, rural and city residents have silently been choosing sides on should energy producing wind turbines become a part of the county’s landscape. However, in recent months, as the possible reality of wind turbines nears, the silence has been broken, with those for and against the issue willing to discuss their side of the matter. Currently, county leaders are weighing the situation, gathering information and listening to those on both sides of the issue regarding the . . .
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The draft is being prepared by the service, state wildlife agencies from seven . . .
Good or bad? Industrial wind turbines are divisive and cause hatred among families, friends and neighbors. Is it worth it? I personally am not in favor of industrial wind turbines in Huntington County. Sincerely, George DeWeese, Warren. These words recently appeared as a ‘letter to the editor’ in a local newspaper. They were written by a Warren businessman. As a member of the Huntington County Concerned Citizens, I believe sentiments are being expressed more each day by many people. Like . . .
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 . . .