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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 20, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Email directs wind foes to be excluded

Miami County Commissioner Josh Francis instructed auditor Mary Brown by email on Thursday to exclude wind project opponents from being included on future commission agendas, the Peru Tribune has learned. The email, which was also sent to follow County Commissioners Alan Hunt and Larry West, reads as follows: Subject: Meeting Agenda Mary, I also do not want any anti-wind people on the agenda. I let them rip me apart for 45 minutes last meeting, and we have let them talk . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition persists to wind turbines

Bringing wind turbines to Cass County would prevent the community from thriving and be potentially dangerous, opponents of a proposed project told county commissioners Monday. Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, out of Broomfield, Colorado, is pursuing bringing commercial wind turbines to northern Cass and Miami counties. Susan Selim, Logansport, shared a 2016 report on thriving rural and medium-sized Indiana towns at Monday’s commissioners meeting. She said it addressed three qualities thriving rural communities share: quality of relationships among residents, . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Miami Co. commission considers stricter setbacks for wind turbines

PERU – The Miami County Planning and Building Commission Wednesday voted to consider changes to the county’s wind-farm ordinance that could add much more stringent setback requirements for wind turbines from roads and property lines. The move comes after hundreds of local residents expressed concerns for months about a project that could bring 75 turbines to the northern part of the county. The parameters for the wind farm would roughly run from 900 North to the Fulton County line, which . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County responds to turbine setback lawsuit; Commissioners ask for wind turbine case to be dismissed

The Cass County Commissioners argue a lawsuit filed against them regarding the county’s wind energy rules should be dismissed. John L. Baker and Mike Gingrich, both northern Cass County agricultural landowners, filed the lawsuit against the commissioners in Cass County Circuit Court in January. Cass County’s wind energy conversion systems ordinance requires commercial wind turbines to be at least 1,000 feet from residences. Baker and Gingrich argue the rule prevents landowners from building residences on their properties if they were . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine debate stalls

A large crowd filed into the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday expecting to hear more from county commissioners about a proposed amendment to the county’s wind energy ordinance. However, the item was not on the agenda because Commissioner Phil Bane could not attend the meeting. Several concerned citizens did speak during the comment period at the end of the meeting. Seven residents spoke in favor of wind energy while four spoke against windmills dotting the countryside. Issues pertaining to health, . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners talk wind turbine project

A representative of the renewable energy company EDP Renewables approached the Jasper County Commissioners on the morning of Monday, March 5 to discuss plans for a wind farm which may require use of a local county road. The project, a wind farm, would be located in Benton County. The project was planned to be placed at 2,000 feet west of Benton County Road 1100 East and therefore about 1,500 feet West of Jasper County Road 380, south of Jasper County . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines affect city, too

Wind Turbines? I live in the city. It does not affect me.” That is what we hear a lot these days when it comes to the Industrial Wind Turbines. Well, maybe it will not be in your back yard, but it does affect you. It affects all citizens of Montgomery County. There appears to be the appeal of possible new tax revenues for the county, but there are many concerns about loss of revenues. If ten percent of the rural . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine debate keeps spinning; Opponents raise concerns on money and property values

Discussion at Monday’s Cass County Commissioners meeting on a proposed wind turbine project was more subdued than it has been in the past, but opponents remain just as critical. Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, out of Broomfield, Colorado, is pursuing bringing the turbines to northern Cass and Miami counties. Paige Woodhouse, Royal Center, took issue at Monday’s meeting with a Feb. 14 Facebook post from IN for Wind, a page supporting the project. The post touted the money the . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2018 • Indiana, Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Christian Coalition wrong to support wind farms

As a Christian who supports the Ten Commandments, I take issue with the letter purporting to speak on behalf of a “Christian Coalition.” We are taught to love our neighbor as ourselves; do not covet your neighbor’s property and do not bear false witness. In a letter published recently in the Pharos-Tribune (“Wind Energy aligns with conservative Hoosier values,” Thursday, March 1), the writer claimed wind energy would make America energy independent. Wind generates electricity. We do not use oil . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Counselor: County violated open door law

A Cass County government property’s cellphone policy violates Indiana’s open door law, according to the state’s public access counselor. Elizabeth Thomas, Twelve Mile, filed a complaint with the Indiana Office of the Public Access Counselor indicating she was denied access at the Cass County Commissioners’ Dec. 4 and 18, 2017 meetings. Her complaint states the county broke the law by prohibiting people from bringing cellphones and cameras into the Cass County Government Building, where commissioners meetings are held. The commissioners . . . Complete story »

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