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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.

April 15, 2015 • Indiana, Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t make the same mistake our county made

Stark County citizens, I am writing to you as a former county commissioner who aided in the 2011 negotiations and agreements with a wind energy company in Tipton County, Ind. I was open to wind farm development in a small section of the county because there was little opposition and the lease holders wanted it. My own family was offered an opportunity to participate, but we declined for personal reasons. However, I made decisions based on what I thought the . . .

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April 8, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Brevini to pay county $375K for jobs failure

MUNCIE – Because it failed to create hundreds of jobs as promised, an Italian wind turbine maker is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties to Delaware County. With great fanfare, state and local officials met on the far western edge of Delaware County in October 2008 and announced a bold new “green energy” initiative: Italian gearbox maker Brevini would create 450 jobs at spin-off company Brevini Wind, making turbines for windmills in a Park One facility. As most . . .

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April 4, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wayne County hears presentation for measuring wind energy possibilities

RICHMOND — With one wind farm project already in the works in the Whitewater Valley, another could be following it in the not-so-distant future. Wayne County Commissioners Wednesday heard a presentation from representatives of EDP Renewables, a renewable energy company headquartered in Madrid, Spain and Houston, Texas, about their plans to erect meteorological towers to measure wind speed in parts of Wayne, Henry and Randolph counties for a possible wind farm project consisting of roughly 100 turbines which would produce . . .

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April 2, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wayne, neighbor counties could get wind farms

A Texas-based firm will study portions of Wayne, Randolph and Henry counties in the months ahead looking for a site to build one or more wind farms. Two representatives of EDP Renewables, Jeffrey Nemeth and Chris Brooks, outlined plans to study east-central Indiana during a presentation to the Wayne County Commissioners on Wednesday. EDP is the firm that built the Headwaters Wind Farm in Randolph County that was completed in December 2014. “It could be that we would build one . . .

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March 27, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County board rejects wind rules change

DANVILLE — Efforts to try and formulate changes for Vermilion County’s wind ordinance fell short Thursday. An ad hoc committee of county board members and local residents formed late last year by the Vermilion County Board passed along six ordinances in January for inspection and possible passage by the county. Members of the county board’s executive committee effectively dismissed each of the ordinances at a meeting Thursday night based on Vermilion County Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Donahue ‘s recommendation. Board . . .

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March 24, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Huntington County commissioners pass wind turbine ordinance

Huntington County commissioners have voted 2-1 Monday to pass the wind turbine ordinance which was recommended by the Huntington County Plan Commission, but some of the commissioners aren’t happy with what they voted for. Commissioner president Tom Wall made it clear in the meeting that he wasn’t satisfied with the plan commission’s recommendations. He wanted to see more than a 1,000-foot setback from homeowner’s property lines, but he said they had to vote for it to update the 2009 ordinance. . . .

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March 19, 2015 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Tipton County Indiana Commissioner voted for “wind farms”, now lives with regrets

Dear Howard County Commissioners and Council Members; I am writing to you all as a former commissioner colleague who aided in the negotiations and agreements with E.ON Climate Renewables with Tipton County in 2011. From the onset, I was open to windfarm development in a small section of Tipton County because the commissioners had received no opposition and I felt that the landowners wanted it. My own family was offered an opportunity to lease land to E.ON and we declined . . .

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March 17, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ordinance back in commissioners’ hands

The Huntington County wind farm ordinance is now back in the hands of the county commissioners, after the Huntington County Plan Commission approved changes to the ordinance for a second time on Wednesday, March 11. Following an initial set of changes to Section 720 of the Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance by the Plan Commission, the commissioners decided in December to request additional changes. Mark Mussman, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, says members of the . . .

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March 11, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Anti–wind turbine group hires lawyer to see county residents are protected

Huntington County Concerned Citizens, a group seeking changes in the county’s wind ordinance, has hired an attorney “to ensure that our own residents are protected,” HCCC President John Shuttleworth announced in a news release. HCCC says it will be represented by Stephen Snyder, senior law partner with the Syracuse-based Snyder Morgan LLP. Snyder has more than 35 years of experience including planning, zoning and land use law and recently worked to increase setbacks for and ultimately ban industrial wind turbines . . .

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February 28, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Culver council aims for compromise in wind turbine controversy

Plymouth, IN – Culver’s town council aimed for a compromise in regards to a much-debated ordinance governing specifics of WECS (Wind Energy Conversion Systems, popularly known as personal-use windmills or wind turbines) in Culver, at the council’s Feb. 24 meeting. The decision, which passed the ordinance on the second of three readings needed to make it law, came after the most recent debates over proposed changes some two years after work began to define proper use of the devices within . . .

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