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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.


June 9, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioner incumbent falls in Middle District

Anti-wind chimes sounded loudly once again in Tuesday’s primary election. This time, the vibrations ended a 43-year career in public service. First-time-ever candidate Steve Dellinger easily defeated three-term Middle District Commissioner Kim Cronk, garnering just over 60 percent of the vote. The final vote total was 3,402 to 2,233. The news Tuesday that he had decisively defeated such a well-known candidate filled Dellinger with multiple emotions. “I’m actually in surprise and awe at this point,” Dellinger said. “I knew Kim . . . Complete story »


May 20, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Case Dismissed: Wind farm drops judicial review request

With little fanfare, Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC has agreed to dismiss its case against the Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals. The wind farm company had asked a local judge to review the BZA’s November vote to uphold a decision by the Henry County Planning Commission to deny Big Blue River Wind Farm’s permit request. The original commission approved use (CAU) request was to build 38 turbines in northwestern Henry County. The planning commission was locked in a . . . Complete story »


February 29, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind development representatives address concerns over doppler radar interference in Gibson County

Gibson County held its third public hearing this afternoon on possible county wide zoning. A proposal to install wind turbines have pushed the latest call for zoning in the area. One of the concerns is the turbine’s potential impact on doppler radar. RWE representatives spent much of today’s meeting addressing that concern. “We’re currently working with the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration with potential submitting documentation regarding our layouts to address these concerns,” says RWE Wind . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Area plan commission won’t revise wind farm ordinance

The city of Mount Vernon will fall under a wind turbine and solar ordinance whether it wants to or not. The Mount Vernon City Council rejected the Posey County area plan commission’s original wind turbine ordinance and asked the commission to revise it. But the commission said no. The council had the option of rejecting the ordinance again without having any no rules for wind turbines and solar farms. Officials decided against it. This now means the planning for the . . . Complete story »


February 6, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Gibson Co. residents voice concern, support for proposed wind farm, zoning

The Advisory Plan Commission (APC) in Gibson County is trying to figure out what to do about a proposed wind farm and whether a zoning ordinance fits in the plan. On Wednesday, they hosted a public hearing, to try and figure out what would be best for Gibson County residents. There are people who are either for or against zoning… and then there are also people who are either for or against the wind farm and the reasoning for their . . . Complete story »


February 6, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Public speaks up at hearing over zoning ordinance in Gibson County

On Wednesday, people who live in Gibson County spoke to Area Plan Commissioners during a public hearing at the Gibson County Fairgrounds . Neighbors weighed in on a proposed zoning ordinance, which has come up before in the county. In recent weeks, commissioners heard from medical professionals and those in the scientific community. But Wednesday, members of the public had their chance to step up to the microphone. “To me, it’d be a boon to the county. Really.” “To be . . . Complete story »


February 5, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Gibson Co. expects hundreds to attend public hearing about reopening zoning regulations

Gibson County Commissioners are expecting several hundred people to attend a public hearing on Wednesday night about reopening zoning regulations. It all centers around a wind farm that wants to locate there. We talked with people in Gibson County about the zoning process and their concerns. The Gibson County Commissioners say these concerns from the public were expressed once the possibility of a wind farm business moving into the county was discussed. Radar scientists say that tall objects like wind . . . Complete story »


January 26, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Professor: Many of Indiana’s bats are ‘dropping like flies’

Unfortunately, migratory bats are being killed by what Carter calls "wildlife in a blender," or wind turbines. "People call this green energy," he said recently to a crowd of bird lovers at Kennedy Library. "I call it red energy. I call them all kinds of terrible things." Not meaning to downplay the threat of wind farms to birds, but bird mortality at a wind farm is measured in dozens or hundreds, Carter said, while bat fatalities are measured in the thousands. "A single wind farm can kill 4,000 bats in a single season," he said. The 150-foot-long blade of a wind turbine might not look like it's moving fast, but on a windy day, it can complete one revolution in four seconds, which equates to the tip of the blade traveling more than 200 mph. Complete story »


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 »


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