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.
The group of residents organizing against plans for two local wind energy farms are calling for a land use ordinance to prohibit wind turbines in the county. Abby Hoffman, Linden, a member of No Wind Farm Montgomery County, presented county commissioners with a petition on Monday asking the board to start working on the ordinance. The group has spoken out against the farms at several county meetings over concerns for health, the environment and property. Sugar Creek LLC, a subsidiary . . .
The Henry County Planning Commission on Thursday denied a one year extension for the CAU (Commission Approved Use) for both NextEra Energy Inc. and its West Fork Wind Project and Apex Clean Energy and its Flat Rock Wind Project. The projects, approved two years ago, were attempting to extend their CAUs until they take such measures as procuring building permits and begin construction, explained Henry County Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs. The denial means that NextEra and Apex will have to . . .
NEW CASTLE – A wind energy project once slated to span three area counties finds itself this week having issues with two of those very counties. The Henry County Area Plan Commission, during its meeting Thursday night, effectively denied a year extension which had been requested by NextEra Energy Resources in regard to the West Fork Wind Project, along with denying a year extension for Apex Clean Energy concerning its Flat Rock Wind Project. Thursday night’s votes by the Henry County . . .
Peter L. Kelley, president of public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently responded to a “Letter to the Editor” written by John Pickerill, a well-known U.S. Navy Commander and Montgomery County, Ind., resident. This letter is in response to Kelley misguiding the people of our county and state. Kelley states: “Wind farms are perfectly safe.” Kelley also states hundreds of thousands of people live near wind farms around the world without experiencing health issues. Kelley is leaving . . .
Harm is defined as causing hurt, injury, damage, and moral wrong. That is exactly what is happening with the building of wind turbines in populated areas such as Henry County. The topic is not political. On the contrary, it is basically based on money. The land owners potentially stand to receive a fair amount of money by leasing their land to wind companies. I totally understand. The problem is that their neighbors don’t receive a dime and could suffer health . . .
Wind farms have been, for the past few years, a source of discussion amongst many of the residents of Fayette, Rush, Henry and Wayne counties, given the several proposed wind projects in the works which would include those counties. Now, it appears, the topic will be discussed among members of the Indiana Legislature, as well. The Legislature’s Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunication has quite a few topics on its agenda for its summer study session, and among . . .
Montgomery County Council members discussed the ongoing issue of wind turbines in Montgomery County at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Although the council has no official say in the matter, several members expressed their views on the existing county wind turbine ordinance and property owner rights and responsibilities. Councilman Gary Booth started the discussion by expressing concern with the ordinance that was drawn up and adopted by county commissioners in 2009. Booth made a motion to have the council draw . . .
There has been discussion recently over a possible wind farm in my county. Residents close to the proposed turbine towers are concerned about the health effects, about disrupted rural landscape and about what it will do to their property values. Some are suggesting that newly proposed countywide zoning would have excluded the turbines or minimized any harm. They are wrong. Both a former county councilman and the mayor brought up a relevant point in separate articles for the local newspaper: . . .
Peter L. Kelley is vice president of public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association
Miami Co. preparing for proposed wind farm project; Company considering building 100 turbines, expanding project into Cass and Fulton counties
PERU – Miami County commissioners Monday took the first steps to prepare for a proposed wind farm project that could bring up to 100 turbines to the northern part of the county. Commissioners Larry West and Alan Hunt voted to approve funding to pay for two consulting companies that will help officials assess the potential impact of the project, which could also eventually spread into Cass and Fulton counties. Jim Tidd, executive director of the Miami County Economic Development Authority, . . .