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.
Motorists traveling east on U.S. 30 see massive wind turbines long before they reach the Ohio border. Timber Road II wind farm began operating in Paulding County, Ohio, in 2011. But turbine setback restrictions approved by the state have hampered development of new large wind farms, including additional turbines in Allen County’s neighboring county. The same opposition that spurred the Ohio law can be found in Indiana, where some county officials are taking steps to make their communities unattractive to . . .
The committee tasked with reviewing Henry County’s existing Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance met for the first time Thursday to allow committee members the opportunity to introduce themselves and map out an approach to how they intend to accomplish the work before them. Henry County Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs, who has no vote but is serving as the moderator for the group, explained the purpose of the committee’s first gathering. “Tonight was just an organizational meeting to give committee . . .
Wind-farm developers have shown interest in building turbines in both Howard and Tipton counties in the last few years. But wind farms won’t be coming to either county anytime soon, and that’s just the way county officials want it. Both counties recently amended their wind ordinances to make it difficult, if not impossible, for wind-energy companies to pursue development within county lines after rural residents pushed back against the prospect of living near a turbine. In Tipton County, that pushback . . .
MIDDLETOWN – As wind farm developers seek to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of 20 percent renewable energy production in Indiana by 2030, some residents in targeted areas are fighting back in inventive ways. Two decades ago, Linda Jones moved from the bustling city life of Indianapolis to a small homestead just outside of Middletown in Henry County. But after three wind energy companies put in bids to operate in the county, Jones worries that her bucolic prairie view . . .
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 . . .