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.
Approximately 150 people attended the wind farm meeting dealing with public participation concerning the current wind farm ordinance Monday night at the Skanta Theatre in the Frankfort Community Public Library. Area Plan Commission President Clark beard felt the meeting was what he had hoped for. “I was determined to make sure that the audience felt like it was their meeting, to talk to us and to direct their concerns about the wind ordinance to us,” said Beard. “I felt like . . .
The wind company at the focus of a civil suit by a group of Fayette County landowners has finally weighed in on that suit. Whitewater Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, filed its response this past week to a civil suit by the group of county landowners, which alleges that the company’s decommissioning agreement with county commissioners is not valid. The company’s attorney, Mary Solada of Indianapolis, filed the response June 20 in Fayette Circuit Court, which seeks . . .
Following the ruling by Decatur County Judge Bailey which supported Rush County BZA’s decision on the setbacks of wind turbine distance from non-participating landowners, APEX Clean Energy/Flatrock Wind Project had 30 days to file an appeal of that decision and last week they did just that. According to Dan Blondeau, Public Affairs Manager, Flat Rock Wind filed a notice of appeal from the recent decision made by the court, and the company plans to appeal the decision to the Indiana . . .
Homeowners from opposite ends of the county tried a new strategy Thursday in their stand against wind turbines that could potentially come to the area. Linda Jones lives north of Honey Creek. Sharon Mullen owns several parcels this side of Cambridge City. Neither of them use their land for farming. Jones and Mullen asked the Henry County Planning Commission to rezone their properties from Agricultural to Rural Residential. These petitions are the most recent maneuver by wind farm opponents in . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission denied two requests from Apex Clean Energy to build towers in the southern part of the county to gather wind data. The meteorological towers, commonly called met towers, would have been placed in Spiceland and Dudley Township. “We are disappointed,” said Brenna Gunderson, Apex senior development manager for the Flat Rock Wind project. Gunderson told the planning commission that met towers are very important factors in the process of constructing a wind farm. Without collecting . . .
NEW CASTLE – The Henry County Planning Commission approved a sub-committee Thursday that will go over the rules and regulations currently in place for industrial wind turbines. The proposed group will go before the Henry County Commissioners for final approval tonight. Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs selected seven local residents to be on the committee who he felt represent different parties that should be involved in the wind electric conversion systems (WECS) conversation. The county commissioners called for the WECS ordinance review . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission approved a sub-committee Thursday that will go over the rules and regulations currently in place for industrial wind turbines. The proposed group will go before the Henry County Commissioners for final approval tonight. Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs selected seven local residents to be on the committee who he felt represent different parties that should be involved in the wind electric conversion systems (WECS) conversation. The county commissioners called for the WECS ordinance review committee during . . .
Towering turbines that sprouted from the ground in Northern Indiana were heralded by some as a green energy cash crop that paid leases to landowners and, by extension, property taxes to local governments. But as industrial wind energy tries to blow into other parts of the state, it’s running into resistance from communities that fear those turbines will overrun the landscape. Private developers are in an aggressive push to double the number of Indiana’s wind farms. But they must contend . . .
The local battle between a group of Fayette County landowners, the county and Big Wind will now find itself with a new face in the game. A new judge. Fayette Circuit Judge Beth A. Butsch, who had been presiding in the court case involving Fayette County Commissioners, Whitewater Wind LLC – aka NextEra Energy Resources – and the group of 34 county landowners challenging the legitimacy of the county’s wind turbine decommissioning agreement with NextEra, recused herself this week from . . .
For a number of months, a well-defined line was drawn in the sand, so to speak, regarding Rush County residents viewpoint on wind turbines. During a July 1, 2015 public hearing conducted by the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals, a number of representatives from the parent company of Flat Rock Wind, LLC – Apex Clean Energy spoke to local board members, county officials and Rush County citizens on the proposed plan to place 66 wind energy conversion systems (WECS) . . .