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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.

January 6, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Posey County Commission approves wind turbine restriction

Officials put one more nail in the windmill coffin in Posey County. The County Commission voted to prohibit wind turbines within 10 miles of the Doppler Radar site in Owensville. Interference with Doppler Radar and its effect on public safety was one of the main criticisms opponents had of a proposal to build wind turbines in Posey County. The company that had proposed putting wind turbines in Posey County pulled out last year saying the restrictions the county was putting . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

New commissioners ready to repeal zoning

Claybourn said commissioners can address concerns residents have regarding proposed wind farms by drafting an ordinance that requires a license to build and install wind farms in Gibson County, and to consider safety concerns. He said a draft of that ordinance could be ready for review by the time commissioners are prepared to take a final vote on the repeal of zoning. Complete story »

December 15, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Study shows increased viability for wind farms in Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE – A recent study conducted by Purdue University researchers shows innovations in wind power technologies make more land in Indiana economically viable for house utility-scale wind farms. The study, titled An Examination of the Community Level Dynamics Related to the Introduction of Wind Energy in Indiana, analyzed areas where wind farm projects have and have not been located and examined the socio-economic conditions in those areas as a result. Dr. Russell Hillberry, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue, . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

State Chamber study looks at future of energy in Indiana

Control over siting of wind and solar farms in Indiana is at the local level leading to a diverse set of requirements for developers to meet. The study cites this as a hurdle for Indiana developing renewables and recommends a balance of state guidelines and local control. Complete story »

November 18, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Posey County tables proposed wind turbine ordinance

Posey County commissioners decided Tuesday to table the proposed wind turbine ordinance amendment. This ordinance would regulate how close wind mills could be built near the Doppler Radar. Posey County already passed an ordinance requiring turbines to be at a distance of at least two and a half times the height of the turbine away from homes. In September, RWE pulled the plug on its idea to put wind farms in Posey and Gibson Counties. The company cited recent restrictions . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Modoc man charged with shooting at wind turbine workers

WINCHESTER, Ind. – A Randolph County man is accused of firing gunshots in a bid to frighten workers installing wind turbines near his home. David E. Oakerson, 45, of rural Modoc, was charged last week in Randolph Superior Court with criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony carrying up to 30 months in prison, and two misdemeanor counts of intimidation. According to court documents filed by Randolph County Prosecutor David Daly’s office, two “windmill workers” installing turbines near Oakerson’s home, along Randolph . . . Complete story »

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 »

October 1, 2020 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Indiana environment poll asked the wrong questions

The recent IndyStar article claiming Hoosiers are willing to pay increased costs for cleaner energy is based on flawed polls. The poll should have asked, “Would you be willing to double your electricity costs to switch to mandated solar and wind power to replace the current limited coal and primarily natural gas use? For 26 years we have a small inexpensive 900 square foot second home in Northern California farming town, to be closer to half of our children, grandchildren, . . . 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 »

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