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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.

November 16, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind: A dead issue?

Wind, the dominant four-letter word of 2018 in Henry County – one that has packed public meetings and swept incumbents out of office – swirled anew at Wednesday’s Henry County Commissioners meeting. Commissioners received numerous documents from Derek Reiman on behalf of the Big Blue River Wind Farm, perhaps laying the groundwork for a renewed effort by Calpine to erect between 80 and 100 wind turbines in northwestern Henry County. “Upon review of the revised wind energy ordinance, there are . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Land owners in Gibson and Posey Counties looking to learn more about proposed wind farm

A European energy company is looking to build a new wind farm in the Tri-State and Monday night farmers in the area wanted to know what’s in it for them. Land owners in Posey and Gibson Counties have been hearing rumors about a potential wind farm being built in their area. Monday night, a group wanting to know more about the company’s plan met at Gibson Southern High School in hopes of learning more about what this could mean for . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2018 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind farms threaten rural quality of life

In the local debate over bringing wind farms to this county many issues have been considered: safety, health, property values, property rights, financial benefits for the community, relative effectiveness of wind power, contributions to the fight against global warming, impact on local wildlife. All these are serious and worthy considerations, but ultimately what should matter most to all of us is quality of life. What defines quality of life? If you live in an urban or suburban setting, you probably . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Worries about wind farm in Posey, Gibson Counties

European energy giant E.ON is looking to harvest the power of rural Indiana; not in corn or soy beans, but wind. Posey and Gibson County could see turbines pop up in farm fields. Reps for E.ON are in the Tri-State working to build the wind farm. Some people in the county report getting paperwork detailing potential projects. “This is something that will impact our community for up to 50 years,” said one man in rural Posey County. “What’s the long-term . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Supports Bob Conley

I would like to express my gratitude to Commissioner Bob Conley for his recent leadership in creating a more protective wind ordinance for Kosciusko County. As one of his constituents, Bob listened to my concerns about potential wind projects in Kosciusko County and took action. He was very willing to read research on the effects of industrial wind turbines placed too close to homes, as our old ordinance would have allowed. As a member of the Kosciusko County Plan Commission, . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County towns putting up walls against wind

Wind – a hot topic in the May primary – may not be as much of a driving force in the Nov. 6 election, yet behind the scenes there’s still lots of anti-turbine activity. As many as half of Henry County’s incorporated communities have passed resolutions establishing a four-mile buffer zone around their towns. The list where actual ordinances have been signed now includes Blountsville, Kennard, Lewisville, Springport, Straughn, Sulphur Springs and Greensboro. Judy Walker, a Sulphur Springs resident who . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Board of Zoning Appeals orders that Renewable Energy Sources’ tower be removed

Scott Jansen of Renewable Energy Sources approached the Jasper County Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, Oct. 22 to request a special exception renewal for an 80-meter-tall tower built to test wind speed in Barkley Township. Permits for the tower’s use notably expired in February of this year, and the company is looking into building similar towers as part of the “White Post Wind” wind farm project. “We haven’t had any maintenance concerns with any of the equipment there,” Jansen . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners open sealed snow plowing bids, approve ordinance amendments

KOSCIUSKO – Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county, presented two ordinance amendments at the Kosciusko Commissioners meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 16. Sandy informed commissioners that the updated ordinance amendments relate to wind farms and solar power. During the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission earlier this month, the APC recommended approval of amending ordinances in the county governing wind farms, micro wind systems and solar energy systems. The amended ordinances better define permitted uses, and . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-wind ordinance idea gaining speed

From Sulphur Springs east to Mount Summit and Mooreland as well as other small towns throughout the county, wheels are turning to ensure future wind turbines won’t be. Tuesday night, patrons again spoke out against proposed wind turbines at the Sulphur Springs Town Board meeting. While a family emergency of one board member prevented a quorum and any official action, encouraging words were shared concerning efforts to prevent the towering titans of green energy from ever being built. Sulphur Springs . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power company encourages renewable energy curriculum

EDP Renewables, the company that established the first of Randolph County’s wind farms, and is working to follow it up with another wind farm of similar size and very large solar farm, Thursday sponsored a workshop to show area teachers ideas for incorporating wind energy into the classroom. Seventeen teachers from across the county attended the seminar. EDP External Communications Associate Bevan Augustine said EDP Renewables, the owner-operator of Headwaters Wind Farm, when it considers a new region in which . . . Complete story »

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