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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 30, 2020 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Gibson County, be forewarned!

Gibson County, be forewarned! Nothing RWE, the wind turbine company, has recently stated about pulling out of Gibson County has any teeth in it to make it so. RWE leases and cancellation notices have been reviewed by attorneys and the consensus is RWE can pick up right where they left off without losing a step if zoning is rescinded. Consider this: You and I can terminate an agreement and sign that same agreement two minutes later, and it is just . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Installment of power lines cause concern for student safety from North Vermilion school officials

North Vermillion Schools are concerned for student safety. It has to do with power lines being installed right beside their schools. There are several large poles with high voltage transmission lines being installed right in front of North Vermillion Community Schools. The Voltage Lines are coming from the Jordan Creek Wind Farm that is being constructed in Warren County. Even though the transmission lines are not on school corporation property, Superintendent Dan Nelson says there is a definite safety issue . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Windfall to some, a curse to many’: Tipton wind farm pays millions in taxes, but anti-wind sentiment remains

TIPTON – Since it opened 2012, the Wildcat Wind Farm in eastern Tipton County has generated millions of dollars in tax revenue and funded major projects around the county. In the last eight years, the wind farm has generated $2.14 million in property tax revenue. That’s second only to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which operates a transmission plant along U.S. 31. Just this year, the wind farm generated nearly $700,000 in property taxes. That equals about 3.3% of all money paid . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Purdue study looks at county attitudes toward wind farms

Wind farms can generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for Indiana counties. But according to the Indiana Conservative Alliance for Energy at least 29 Indiana counties have ordinances that significantly limit large wind projects. A recent study by Purdue University looks at the attitudes of Indiana counties toward wind energy developments. Last year, wind energy companies paid more than $4 million in property taxes to Benton County and more than $2 million to White County. Purdue agricultural economics professor . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

RWE no longer pursuing wind farm project in Posey, Gibson County

RWE pulls the plug on its idea to put a 30,000 acre wind farm in Posey and Gibson counties. The company says recent restrictions put on wind farms have made the effort no longer worthwhile. And even though the idea of wind energy in those areas is dead, the idea of renewable energy is not. Posey County passed an ordinance requiring turbines to be at least 2.5 times the height of the turbine away from homes. The Gibson County ordinance . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

RWE terminates wind turbine farm project

PRINCETON – RWE Renewables will not pursue its proposed wind turbine farm in Gibson and Posey counties, citing provisions in the newly adopted Gibson County zoning ordinance that make the project unfeasible to develop. Company officials confirmed that more than 300 landowners were notified RWE plans to terminate the proposed $600 million investment in a 200-megawatt turbine farm on more than 30,000 acres leased across the two counties. RWE made about $1.2 million in payments to landowners over the past three . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning ordinance moves to Gibson County Commissioners

The decision to implement zoning in Gibson County will move to the county commissioners. The county’s advisory plan commission voted in favor of the issue. Gibson is the only county in Indiana that doesn’t have a county-wide zoning ordinance. To change that has prompted ongoing debate for at least a year. During the advisory plan commission meeting, Wednesday people heard about the process of getting to where they are now and making the decision to move forward with zoning. Many . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2020 • Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

In renewable energy boom, Great Lakes states struggle to kick fossil fuels

Coal still dominates the power generation sector in many Great Lakes states like Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. But they are beginning to embrace renewable energy, as well. And some believe that the region has the potential to become the next hot spot for renewable energy development. A recent Ball State University study found that expanding the use of renewable energy in Indiana will “stabilize energy prices, offer more permanent supply, reduce the local labor demand shocks associated with shifting fuel . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine discussions continue in Posey Co.

In Posey County, an analysis from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration was presented to commissioners Tuesday, regarding a study on the logistics of wind turbines. “We all know it’s common knowledge, our community lies within tornado alley,” said Lawyer for POCO/GIBCO Wind LTD Erin Bauer. POCO/GIBCO Wind LTD is a group against wind turbines being built surrounding the Doppler radar in Owensville, because they say they could cause interference issues. County commissioners voted to move forward with discussions. In . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog: False echoes on radar

INDIANAPOLIS – This morning, our radar was picking up reflectivity from the [Meadow Lake] wind farm in Carroll County. Here are some Google maps of the wind farm. If you look closely, you can see the wind turbines running along the farm field and their shadows [click on images to enlarge]. Radar bounced off the turbines and sent back the information to the transmitter. It was dry, clear and quiet this morning but there was enough breeze to stir the turbines. Complete story »

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