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.
That anyone in authority in our county government would condone construction of an industrial wind complex in Howard County is unreasonable. It can be understood that the salesmanship of wind companies are tempting. Their objective is to sell a product. But this offer should have been thoroughly explored. Isn’t this what a good businessman does? What are the risks? Would a commissioner be willing to have these near his home? If the truth of the facts was discovered, why was . . .
Nine giant wind turbines may arrive in southeastern Henry County, a large crowd gathered at Center Christian Church learned Tuesday. Nextera Energy Resources explained the wind farm proposal. Whitewater Wind Project Manager Jerry Ferrell said the company is considering placement of 77 wind turbines, including 43 in Fayette County, 25 in Rush County, and nine in Henry County. The project represents an estimated $250 million investment. Ferrell said an estimated $35 million addition to the local tax base and approximately . . .
Both Baxter and Barger ... attempted to poke holes at Wyman, including on the issue of wind energy, which was recently halted in Howard County after commissioners cut ties with developer E-ON after an intensive six year process. “I believe that windmills do not belong in Howard County,” he said. “When you look at the location and how close they are to houses, the World Health Organization says that’s not the right thing to do.” Wyman responded that “the process worked” during negotiations with E-ON and by listening to concerned constituents who were against wind farm development. “The people spoke, the commissioners listened for many hours and sat at the kitchen table of many homes in Howard County,” he said. “We went back to E-ON and got concessions, but the concessions weren’t enough for the people. They continued to speak and we got our way out of the contract at no cost to Howard County.”
The Rush County Commissioners met Monday and were faced with a brief agenda of items requiring their attention. Prior to hosting a public meeting on a proposal by those in support of making the Rushville City Library a county library, the county leaders heard from ECDC director John McCane. McCane announced that a county wide public meeting regarding wind energy will be held beginning at 6 p.m., Oct. 28 at Center Christian Church. According to McCane, the question and answer . . .
It’s a well known fact that wind energy turbines are bird killers. If you’ve driven up I-65 or U.S. 41 heading to northwest Indiana and have seen the hundreds of giant wind turbines of the Fowler Ridge Farm spinning in Indiana’s prairie breezes, it’s hard to imagine a bird banging into or being struck by one of the blades. They don’t look to be spinning fast enough where a bird couldn’t avoid the blades. Looks are deceiving. The tips of . . .
Randolph County is luring agricultural industry that faced opposition in Delaware County: an ethanol refinery, industrialized hog farms and now a utility-scale wind farm. In 2006, opponents buried spikes in an unharvested corn field, damaging a combine; hid fencing in corn stalks in another attempt to damage farm equipment; and drove cars through farm fields to protest Delaware County’s proposed Ag Biovision Park, which was trying to attract an ethanol refinery and which opponents feared would also become home to . . .
WINCHESTER – Towers reaching 320 feet into the sky for the state’s latest utility-scale wind farm are popping up in corn and soybean fields in southern Randolph County. Though they aren’t spinning yet, some already have blades, which add another 100 feet to their height. “It’s quite a climb,” says Jeremey Chenoweth, operations manager for the Headwaters Wind Farm that will contain 100 turbines when completed by the end of the year. Carrying 30 pounds of safety harnesses and other . . .
The wind has died and the dust has settled in Howard County. Difficult market conditions and six years’ worth of grassroots efforts by citizens arguing the potential ill effects of wind energy ended Phases II and III of the Wildcat Wind Farm in Howard and Grant counties. It was made official at a special meeting of the Howard County Commissioners last week. As part of the termination of the agreement, the commissioners also passed a resolution asking the Howard County . . .
Sometimes you wonder if anything good happens to ordinary good people. In this time of domestic and international strife, local problems are overcome by the enormity of more pressing issues. The Afghanistan and Iraq wars are monumental in relation, domestic unemployment problems persist, the ever-increasing United States debt, racial problems in Ferguson, Mo., and the list goes on. Good things happened for good people in three small communities as manifested by wonderful news concerning giant windmills and their associated projects. . . .
The Wildcat Wind Farm project survived six years of recession and remonstration, but last week it finally breathed its last. Faced with changing economic conditions and an unrelenting opposition that had expanded into political activism, the Howard County Commissioners terminated their agreement with e.On last week. The action took place in a special meeting on Aug. 14, and the commissioners further passed a resolution to the Howard County Plan Commission to enact more restrictive standards on wind farms and to . . .