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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 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.

July 24, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Cass County updates alternative energy ordinances as company plans solar farm

Cass County has been redefining its rules on solar and wind power fields since June, and an energy company has been talking to landowners around Walton about leasing land for a potential 1,400 to 1,600 acre solar energy center. The last vote for the changes in the county’s alternative power ordinances happened at this week’s Cass County Commissioners meeting. The energy company, NextEra Energy of Florida, plans to have an open house meeting in Walton about the project from 6-8 . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County passes wind, solar zoning ordinance

New standards for wind and solar energy conversion systems are now on the books in Johnson County. The commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance at their Monday meeting, but acknowledged the ordinance isn’t yet perfect. The county officials took the ordinance through the editing process with lightning-speed as far as government goes, finishing in under a month. The Johnson County Plan Commission considered the ordinance during their regular meeting in May and held a special meeting earlier this month, before forwarding . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County continues renewable energy discussion

Increased setbacks and other items were added this week to proposed updates to Johnson County’s renewable energy ordinance. The Johnson County Plan Commission on Monday discussed a zoning ordinance update that would add solar energy development standards for the first time, and add and change standards for wind energy developments. The commission will continue to talk about edits individually with the county’s planning department, to perfect the draft ahead of a special meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. June 7. A . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County pushes ‘pause’ on new solar farms

The county’s ordinance governing wind turbines essentially bans them with its quarter-mile setback distance from homes, Gaumer said. He wants to research how different setback distances would affect solar farms. “I think people were really put off by wind turbines. There was huge opposition” to a proposed wind farm in northwestern DeKalb County, McCanna recalled about a controversy in 2012-2013. Complete story »

April 16, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It was always a bad bill’; Local officials are happy HB 1381 died in the statehouse

A bill designed to create statewide standards for solar and wind farms has been defeated. The victory is more about protecting the idea of “home rule” in all 92 counties, say two local officials who personal fought House Bill 1381. Henry County Commissioner Bobbi Plummer and County Council member Betsy Mills traveled to the Indiana Statehouse over the past couple of months to oppose the bill in person. County Council President Susan Huhn testified against HB 1381 before it originally . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wayne County officials happy after counties prevail in wind, solar fight with legislature

RICHMOND, Ind. – Indiana’s counties won a fight with the state’s legislature this week, but that fight might continue in the future. House Bill 1381, which would have set statewide default standards for wind and solar projects, was pulled from consideration, even after undergoing significant restructuring. Wayne County’s commissioners had passed a resolution opposing the bill, and they were happy it failed. “When it was all said and done, I was pleased,” said Ken Paust, president of the commissioners, after Wednesday’s . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It was a win for us’; HB 1381 dies on senate floor

HB 1381 died on the senate floor during Tuesday’s Indiana Senate chamber session. Stop Industrial Plants in Shelby County leader Kyle Barlow, along with other anti-solar leaders, ventured to the Indianapolis statehouse yet again this legislative session to witness the bill’s fate. The bill that arrived to the chamber Tuesday evening, freshly amended (again) by Senator Mark Messmer during the previous day’s chamber session. The bill died after Messmer withdrew the bill. “We got there about 2 p.m., they were . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Bill to ease approval of wind and solar farms flops, but debate continues

INDIANAPOLIS – A strong coalition of renewable energy developers, major businesses and manufacturers could not muster enough support in the Indiana Senate Tuesday to pass a bill that would have shifted some local control over the siting of wind and solar farms to the state. The Senate’s less comprehensive version of House Bill 1381 technically died after it wasn’t even called for a vote by Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, following a Republican caucus meeting. “There wasn’t enough support to pass the . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Like a hostage negotiation’: Indiana bill on renewable energy standards dies after pushback

Efforts to send a message that Indiana is open for business to renewables came to an abrupt stop on Tuesday night. A bill that would have established some statewide standards for wind and solar projects – but was amended to grandfather in counties’ more restrictive ordinances – died on the Senate floor. Despite significant amendments that had House Bill 1381 doing a ‘180 degree turn’ and handing more authority back to local governments, local control concerns still lingered, according to the bill’s . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

More permits for overweight trucks OK’d

The Senate killed a bill on wind and solar siting regulations because it did not have enough votes for passage. House Bill 1381 initially overruled local governments that had already banned or severely limited wind and solar farms. But it was amended in committee and on the floor to grandfather existing regulations and offer standard rules for the rest of the state. Local governments would have had until July 1 to pass their codes. Complete story »

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