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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.

January 9, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Fayette County gives abatement to $250 million wind farm project

Tuesday night could end up as an evening of note in the annals of Fayette County and its history. In front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Fayette Circuit Courtroom, the Fayette County Council emphatically voted 6-0 to approve a 10-year tax abatement for NextEra Energy Resources, with the vote effectively paving the way for the majority of a $250 million wind farm project to be established within the county in the near future. The project, known as the Whitewater . . .

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January 1, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Changes ahead for wind ordinance; Commissioners to consider increasing restrictions on wind farms

The Howard County Commissioners are set to consider changes to the county’s wind turbine ordinance. If adopted, it is very possible that an industrial wind farm never will be constructed here. The commissioners were expected to hear recommendations to change the ordinance at their Dec. 29 meeting. This follows a meeting of the Howard County Plan Commission, which studied the issue this fall. The commissioners requested in August that the plan commission study the issue and make recommendations on the . . .

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January 1, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines blow over

As the new year began, the time window for E.ON to expand a wind farm in Grant County ended. E.ON Climate & Renewables had until the last day of 2014 to start pouring concrete for the second phase of its Wildcat Wind Farm, which would have added wind turbines in western Grant County and neighboring Howard County. The deadline was part of the terms of the green-energy company’s economic development agreement with the commissioners. “It’s not going to happen,” Commissioner . . .

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December 23, 2014 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Keep wind turbines out of Huntington County

Disrespectful; insulting, horrible; intimidating; uncalled for; disgusting; despicable. Those are a few adjectives reflecting the conduct of the Huntington County community development director and several of the Plan Commission members during their Nov. 12 public hearing on amendments to the county’s industrial wind turbine ordinance. About 200 citizen/taxpayers were in attendance — vastly overflowing the assigned courthouse room. Included were several citizens from seven counties who have, via ordinance content, successfully kept IWT out of their communities. Quoting from Ordinance . . .

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December 15, 2014 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Rush County approves tax abatement for wind farm

RUSHVILLE — The first of three counties a Florida-based energy company is eying for a proposed wind farm has taken the steps to make that farm a reality. Rush County Council voted by a count of 4 to 2 Wednesday morning, in a joint meeting of the county’s council and commissioners, to approve a standard 10-year tax abatement for NextEra Energy Resources, which is looking to place approximately 25 turbines in Washington and Union townships in Rush County as part . . .

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November 17, 2014 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponents vocal at plan meeting

People vehemently against having a wind farm in Huntington County packed the GAR Room at the courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to make their feelings known to the Huntington County Plan Commission. About 100 people crammed the room with more seated outside, most of them wearing red shirts symbolizing their opposition to wind energy. As in multiple plan commission meetings throughout the past year, those against a proposed industrial wind turbine project railed against the commission, which had opened its . . .

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November 16, 2014 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The economics of wind energy

The following talk by Jim O’Donnell, Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics, Huntington University, was given to the Huntington County Planning Commission. I’m speaking tonight as an adopted son of Huntington Co. But as that adopted son, I have struggled to understand why my chosen homeland would develop wind energy in the southeast part of the county. I guess it’s for the tax revenue, the few jobs that will come with it, and the lease payments to the several farmers . . .

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November 10, 2014 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Local interest shown in wind project

In 2016, Rush County may start seeing some unusual objects being built in fields throughout the county. A meeting held a couple weeks ago determined that citizens are taking interest in the wind project coming to the county. “I was pleased that we had a full house for this meeting,” John McCane, ED of Rush County ECDC, said. “It shows that people are interested and engaged in these projects.” According to NextEra Energy Resources Project Manager Jeremy Ferrell, a wind . . .

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October 30, 2014 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms are wrong for Howard County

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 . . .

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October 30, 2014 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Audience crowds church for wind farm info

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 . . .

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