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.
Residents poured into the first floor of the Montgomery County Courthouse Monday morning to let the Montgomery County Commissioners know how they felt about windfarms. More than 50 people were present for the meeting, including many advocating for the group No Wind Farm Montgomery County. They pushed the commissioners to take a fresh look at outdated windfarm ordinances and regulations. “Research, research, research!” Montgomery County Councilman, Mark Davidson, advised the commissioners. Davidson spoke about the negative effects of the turbines . . .
A Delaware County judge will preside over cases that could determine the legitimacy of Henry County’s guidelines concerning industrial wind turbines. Judge Linda Ralu Wolf of Delaware Circuit Court No. 3 will replace Henry Circuit Court 1 Judge Bob Witham regarding two court suits that claim the Henry County Planning Commission failed to give proper notice in October 2009 of the public hearing for a new proposed wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance. Legal notices in the Oct. 8, 2009 . . .
Montgomery County Commissioners passed an ordinance in 2009 to regulate wind energy conversion systems. Nine years later that ordinance is being scrutinized and questioned as two wind turbine farms are trying to establish facilities in northern Montgomery County. Several concerned citizens as well as Montgomery County Councilman Mark Davidson spoke against wind farms at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting. All of the speakers asked commissioners to consider revising the ordinance. They also encouraged officials to study data generated by numerous sources in . . .
The debate over windfarms is being brought up again with conversation on both sides of the issue. This alternative energy source has many people who strongly believe in property rights speaking out. “It is an alternative energy source, but there isn’t much more I know on the matter” said Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Fulwider. Back in 2009 Montgomery County Commissioners signed a windfarm ordinance. This ordinance required that the companies that build these windfarms must have a plan to decommission . . .
Henry Circuit Court 1 Judge Bob Witham has recused himself from two judicial review requests that were filed in May. The cases involve appealing a section of the county’s development code that deals with wind energy conversion systems (WECS). The judicial review filings are to determine if the Henry County WECS ordinance is valid and if the planning commission has the legal authority to authorize commission approved uses for meteorological towers. Witham said he has a family member who sat . . .
Residents are speaking out against a pair of proposed wind farms north of Crawfordsville. A group called No Wind Farm Montgomery County says the projects are too close to neighboring homes and pose risks to public health and the environment. Proponents say some of the concerns are unfounded, and that the farms will spin cheaper, cleaner power into thousands of homes. The showdown takes shape as energy companies face backlash in other Indiana counties from residents who don’t want the . . .
As of May 24, it is abundantly clear that Henry County has three Commissioners who are not representing the majority of their people. They proudly exhibit their personal dedication to promoting anything “wind” in the County, and seem to have a renewed resolve to cover the County with these monstrosities. Where are the people they represent? Who are the people they represent? We noticed they like to be represented anonymously, as their advocate stated at the May 24 PC Meeting. . . .
For your edification … The Indiana Supreme Court has spoken. The majority of counties in our state – which oppose industrial wind turbines – now have the legal power to deny the ill-placed greed of the industrial wind turbine industry. There is justice for the citizens! John Paul Warren
A battle began two years ago that nearly tore Rush County apart. Most know the battle by seeing signs in front yards or people with T-shirts walking around town with a photo of a wind turbine being crossed out by a red slash. The whole community began to turn against one another as the rumors and talk of wind farms was brought up in every day conversations. It wasn’t hard to walk in to a local restaurant or store and . . .
Although the expiration date for one of Henry County’s proposed wind farm projects has come and gone, its termination date has been stayed until at least the middle of June. The Flat Rock Wind Project’s commission approved use (CAU) to build wind turbines in Dudley and Franklin Townships was set to end May 21. The CAU had already been extended by one year in 2016. “They will not be considered expired while the planning commission is going through the process,” . . .