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Wind Power News: Indiana

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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.


April 16, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It was always a bad bill’; Local officials are happy HB 1381 died in the statehouse

A bill designed to create statewide standards for solar and wind farms has been defeated. The victory is more about protecting the idea of “home rule” in all 92 counties, say two local officials who personal fought House Bill 1381. Henry County Commissioner Bobbi Plummer and County Council member Betsy Mills traveled to the Indiana Statehouse over the past couple of months to oppose the bill in person. County Council President Susan Huhn testified against HB 1381 before it originally . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wayne County officials happy after counties prevail in wind, solar fight with legislature

RICHMOND, Ind. – Indiana’s counties won a fight with the state’s legislature this week, but that fight might continue in the future. House Bill 1381, which would have set statewide default standards for wind and solar projects, was pulled from consideration, even after undergoing significant restructuring. Wayne County’s commissioners had passed a resolution opposing the bill, and they were happy it failed. “When it was all said and done, I was pleased,” said Ken Paust, president of the commissioners, after Wednesday’s . . . Complete story »


April 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It was a win for us’; HB 1381 dies on senate floor

HB 1381 died on the senate floor during Tuesday’s Indiana Senate chamber session. Stop Industrial Plants in Shelby County leader Kyle Barlow, along with other anti-solar leaders, ventured to the Indianapolis statehouse yet again this legislative session to witness the bill’s fate. The bill that arrived to the chamber Tuesday evening, freshly amended (again) by Senator Mark Messmer during the previous day’s chamber session. The bill died after Messmer withdrew the bill. “We got there about 2 p.m., they were . . . Complete story »


April 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Bill to ease approval of wind and solar farms flops, but debate continues

INDIANAPOLIS – A strong coalition of renewable energy developers, major businesses and manufacturers could not muster enough support in the Indiana Senate Tuesday to pass a bill that would have shifted some local control over the siting of wind and solar farms to the state. The Senate’s less comprehensive version of House Bill 1381 technically died after it wasn’t even called for a vote by Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, following a Republican caucus meeting. “There wasn’t enough support to pass the . . . Complete story »


April 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Like a hostage negotiation’: Indiana bill on renewable energy standards dies after pushback

Efforts to send a message that Indiana is open for business to renewables came to an abrupt stop on Tuesday night. A bill that would have established some statewide standards for wind and solar projects – but was amended to grandfather in counties’ more restrictive ordinances – died on the Senate floor. Despite significant amendments that had House Bill 1381 doing a ‘180 degree turn’ and handing more authority back to local governments, local control concerns still lingered, according to the bill’s . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

More permits for overweight trucks OK’d

The Senate killed a bill on wind and solar siting regulations because it did not have enough votes for passage. House Bill 1381 initially overruled local governments that had already banned or severely limited wind and solar farms. But it was amended in committee and on the floor to grandfather existing regulations and offer standard rules for the rest of the state. Local governments would have had until July 1 to pass their codes. Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Barlow speaks against HB 1381 again

Kyle Barlow, the leader of Stop Industrial Solar Plants in Shelby County, ventured once again to Indianapolis this week to speak against HB 1381. This time, it was before the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee, who approved a new amendment to the bill clarifying points the bill’s revision at the last committee meeting that were difficult to understand. In short, the bill sets state standards on wind and solar projects. The current version looks completely different than the first draft . . . Complete story »


April 7, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Starke County Commissioners consider resolution opposing House Bill 1381

The Starke County Commissioners considered a resolution Monday night that would express their opposition to House Bill 1381. If passed, wind and solar companies would be able to install projects that meet state standards but may conflict with future economic development projects, planned residential development, or even road expansions. Commission President Charlie Chesak said the resolution shows the county wants to control solar and wind energy installation decisions in the county. County Attorney Marty Lucas stressed that the resolution does . . . Complete story »


April 3, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

HB 1381 passes senate committee with amendment; Huhn calls it ‘acceptable’

The Indiana Senate Utilities Committee passed HB 1381 9-2 after hearing a significant amendment to the bill Thursday morning. Authored by Representative Edward Soliday, the bill establishes statewide default standards for wind and solar systems. When it arrived to the meeting, the bill also had a provision pertaining to home rule. In an instance where a local governing body denies a renewable energy project, that company can appeal to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). The bill initially gave the IURC . . . Complete story »


April 2, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Amended HB 1381 passes through senate committee; Shelby County people speak against it

Shelby County people dominated the public comment portion of the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee, which dealt only with HB 1381 during its three-hour meeting Thursday morning. The committee introduced a new amendment to the bill that significantly changed it, and they passed it 9-2. Kyle Barlow, Zonda Stead and Justin Parker from Stop Industrial Solar Plants in Shelby County travelled to Indy again and actually got to speak this time. In addition to the anti-solar group, County Council President Tony . . . Complete story »


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