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 Henry County Planning Commission did not have enough votes either way at the most recent meeting to approve or deny requests from two separate wind farm companies who wanted a second one-year extension of the commission-approved uses (CAUs) that will let each company continue to develop their industrial wind turbine projects in the southern part of the county. The requests remain in limbo this week due to a split-vote between commission members, an absentee and an abstention. NextEra Energy . . .
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Henry County Planning Commission did not have enough votes either way Thursday night to approve or deny requests from two wind farm companies who wanted a second one-year extension of the commission-approved uses (CAUs) that will let each company continue to develop their industrial wind turbine projects in the southern part of the county. The planning commission intends to discuss and possibly re-vote on the issue at its June meeting. More information about that will appear in . . .
The Henry County Commissioners accepted a conflict of interest disclosure statement Wednesday from county volunteer and planning commission member Olene Veach. Veach filed the annual statement naming “Calpine Wind Turbine and/or any wind turbine company project in west part of Henry County.” Annual disclosure statements are made when an individual has a potential ongoing financial interest connected with any contracts or purchases of the government entity that they serve on. According to the document filed with the Henry County Clerk’s . . .
An Indiana Access to Public Records Act request of Henry County government emails seem to show that at least one member of the Henry County Planning Commission would like to have a wind turbine up on her private land. Following a public records request by New Castle resident and Responsible Wind Executive Director Melissa Elmore, emails from November 2015 between planning commissioner and Henry County employee Olene Veach and former Zoning Administrator Rachel White became public knowledge. Elmore said she . . .
Indianapolis, Ind. – One state lawmaker is making his last-ditch effort to address one of his constituents’ most pressing concerns. For nearly a year, some people living in representative Tom Saunders’ district counties have begged him to do something about what they say is unethical behavior in wind energy-related decisions. In response, he introduced a bill at the start of the legislative session. “I think there’s some transparency issues,” said Saunders. “I can understand why the constituents I represent have some . . .
A group of Henry County residents and property owners concerned about the local development of “wind farms” have drafted an alternative to the existing wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance. The group’s primary concerns are about the impact on quality of life, including the health and safety of local residents, property rights, future economic development and both the short- and long-term impact on county finances. “The current WECS ordinance doesn’t protect the non-participating citizens of Henry County from any of . . .
A review of Henry County’s Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance by the Henry County Commissioners doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. The WECS ordinance details county code regarding such things as setbacks, the distance from an industrial wind turbine to nearby property lines or dwellings, as well as acceptable noise levels the turbines create and other aspects of wind farm development. The current ordinance is several years old and many people, especially those persons concerned about . . .
The wooden pews were full Thursday night in the old Henry County circuit courtroom in anticipation of a public hearing about changes that could be made to the local industrial wind turbine ordinance. The Henry County Planning Commission decided to forego any action or discussion about wind turbines, however, and ended the meeting in less than 15 minutes. Thursday night’s meeting was originally scheduled so that the planning commission could hear public comments about a proposed amendment to the wind . . .
There is no danger of an area aquifer being polluted by a proposed wind energy project in Fayette, Henry and Rush counties. That’s the stance of the company behind the West Fork Wind Energy Center, NextEra Energy Resources, after a group of Fayette County residents approached the county earlier this week with concerns that an area aquifer could potentially be contaminated as a result of construction on the wind project. That group, consisting of county residents Joe Schultz, Craig Mosburg . . .
The subject of the proposed West Fork Wind Energy Center, which is never far from the minds of local residents and county government, again reared its head this week. This time, however, it wasn’t setback distance, contracts or lawsuits which were discussed, but rather a question of whether the project itself could possibly have a negative impact on an area aquifer. That was the concern raised by three local residents – Joe Schultz, Craig Mosburg and Cecil Bell – Tuesday . . .