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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.


January 20, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County: Developer ‘concealed’ work on wind farm

Sugar Creek Wind actively concealed work to build a wind farm in northern Montgomery County without a permit, the county asserts in court documents filed Friday. The allegations were made in response to a federal lawsuit filed last month accusing the county and the board of commissioners of attempting to kill the 250-megawatt project after local opposition mounted against wind farms. Sugar Creek Wind claims the county breached a 2013 economic development agreement when it changed the wind farm ordinance, . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ordinance approved in Cynthiana

Another elected body in Posey County approves an ordinance to regulate wind and solar farms. The Cynthiana Town Council approved the ordinance 3 to 0. It would regulate wind turbines including shadow flicker, height and property distance. The Poseyville Town Council also adopted the proposal, but it was voted down by the Mount Vernon Town Council. The county commission also voted Tuesday to send the ordinance back to the area plan commission. Complete story »


January 8, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal divides Posey County community

On Tuesday, The Hovey House in Mt. Vernon was filled with people concerned about a proposed wind farm in Posey County. Commissioners and locals voiced their opinions on the wind farm proposal. “I’ve got two cohorts today who don’t want to help out the citizens of Posey County … and I’m embarrassed by your performance today, I’ll tell you that,” said Randy Thornburg, one of the Posey County commissioners. A room filled with locals, waiting to share their thoughts about . . . Complete story »


January 8, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Posey County commission does not vote on proposed windmill ordinance

The Posey County Commission voted on Tuesday to send the proposed windmill ordinance back to the area plan commission, opting not to vote on the ordinance. The proposed ordinance would regulate both wind farms and solar farms. Commissioners don’t believe the two should be linked together and request that the two should be separated into two different ordinances. Posey county residents at the commission chambers Tuesday morning were split on the issue. Those against the project say they are concerned . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Mt. Vernon council votes down adopting zoning ordinance amendments

Mount Vernon city leaders have made their decision on how to move forward on wind and solar project regulations. Common council members say they need more time before adopting the ordinance. In its third reading, the vote was unanimous, 5-0, to reject it. No Mount Vernon council member was in favor of putting proposed regulations into law without revisions. In November, the planning commission approved new amendments to the county’s existing zoning ordinance. Copies have gone out to towns who . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Mount Vernon council rejects zoning ordinance amendments

On Thursday in Posey County, Mount Vernon City Council members vote on a zoning amendment that would regulate wind and solar energy within city limits. You can read that amendment in its entirety here. In a unanimous 5-0 vote, council members rejected in Mount Vernon, asking for more changes. Since the amendment was last considered, four new council members were voted in, and only one, Andy Hoehn, returned. So what is the next step? “It needs to go back to . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Two-year panel to guide state energy policy

INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier this year, the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. electric utility giant received the state’s go-ahead to set up a 300-megawatt wind turbine farm as part of plans to phase-out coal-fueled facilities. The state also approved NIPSCO’s plans to recover the costs of the project from its customers. The Roaming Bison Wind turbine farm was planned for northern Montgomery County and was to be constructed by Apex Clean Energy Holding LLC. The project, estimated to have 107 wind turbines, . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Councilman: Wind company could ask for new ERA

The company accusing Montgomery County in federal court of attempting to kill a planned wind farm could consider asking for the project’s 10-year tax abatement to be restored, a county councilman said Tuesday. Sugar Creek Wind LLC sued the county and the board of commissioners last week, claiming the county reneged on a 2013 economic development agreement to build a wind farm in two northern townships. After millions of dollars were spent developing the project, the suit claims, the county . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Poseyville Town Council approves windmill ordinance

The Poseyville Town Council approved a zoning amendment on Wednesday night which would regulate wind and solar power in Posey County. Councilmembers passed the measure 3-0. It would regulate property distance, shadow flicker, and more. The Cynthiana Town Council tabled its vote on Wednesday night. It will take up the measure again at its next meeting which is January 8. The Mt. Vernon Town Council and the Posey County Commission must also approve the ordinance. Complete story »


December 9, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer sues county

The county moved to kill a wind farm project years after agreeing to support it by “fast-tracking” a zoning ordinance and changing the rules for building permits and tax incentives, the project’s developers claim in a federal lawsuit. Sugar Creek Wind, LLC accuses the county and the board of commissioners of violating the agreements it signed in 2013 to develop an approximately 250-megawatt farm in Madison and Sugar Creek townships. The suit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court . . . Complete story »


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