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 Commissioners, along with two representatives in favor of and two representatives with concerns about “wind farm” development, spent more than four hours Wednesday reviewing the county’s current Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. The WECS review process involved commissioners Butch Baker, Kim Cronk and Ed Yanos. They were joined by concerned citizens Rosalind Richey and Gary Rodgers, as well as local resident David Chambers and Amy Cornell, an attorney with Calpine, who are both in favor of . . .
Wind farm says protestors ‘miss the mark’ with lawsuit; Reiterate motion to dismiss judicial review request
Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC has volleyed the ball back to Henry County residents who claim there is no legal right for wind turbines to be set up around these parts. Specifically, Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC (”Blue River) responded in court this week to a petition from local residents who are arguing that Henry County’s rules on industrial wind turbines never should have been passed in the first place and are, therefore, invalid. Petitioners from Middletown, Straughn, . . .
RUSHVILLE – A Franklin County judge, who has already served as a special judge in one wind farm civil case, has been selected to preside over another one. Franklin Circuit Court II Judge Clay Kellerman was selected last week as special judge in the civil case involving West Fork Wind LLC and the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals, in which West Fork Wind – better known as NextEra Energy Resources – is challenging the Rush County BZA’s decision on their . . .
Indiana lawmakers prompted debate at the Statehouse Thursday over potential conflicts of interest for local officials who approve large wind energy projects. County commissions and planning boards approve wind farm developments in Indiana. Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) says in some cases, those commissioners have also signed lease agreements with developers and would benefit from a project’s approval. “I see a very large issue with that and I hope we can work on that issue next year,” Ober said to start . . .
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Concerns are growing about potential ethics violations by wind companies and some county officials who approve their projects. Thursday, a bill designed to address those issues is gaining support from state representative Heath VanNatter, the House’s vice chair for the Utilities and Energy Committee. VanNatter, along with the rest of the summer study committee, heard testimony from people supporting and opposing wind energy, or at the very least, opposing shorter setbacks. The setback defines the distance from a . . .
Some Hoosiers say the state needs to regulate how and where companies can build wind turbines. Lawmakers heard testimony from at least a dozen people for more than three hours Thursday. Some present argued why wind turbines negatively impact communities, but others said not only are they environmentally friendly, but an economic jump-starter, too. Thousands of turbines spin hundreds of feet in the air around Indiana. Some think they’re beautiful, while others call them eyesores. Some say wind energy could . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana should not regulate statewide zoning requirements for wind turbine development, those in the industry said Thursday, despite requests from Hoosiers who favor state controls to assure consistency. But the discussion in front of an Indiana General Assembly interim legislative committee on energy became at times a general debate about the merits of wind energy, particularly in rural areas where no zoning ordinances may be in effect. Proponents of wind turbines cited economic benefits to local communities and asked . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – Some companies and citizens are at odds when it comes to who should have the power to determine where wind turbines are built. “I’ve lived in the same house for 60 years and I like to get to get up and see the sunrise not a bunch of metal and things flying around,” said Michael Thompson, a resident of Clinton County. The Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications met Thursday at the Statehouse to listen to testimony . . .
The ordinance governing “wind farm” development in Henry County will be reviewed and possibly amended by the Henry County Commissioners following more than seven hours of testimony from the public Monday and Tuesday evening. The commissioners will meet in special session at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 in the old circuit courtroom of the Henry County Courthouse to begin the ordinance review process. Joining in the discussion will be two property owners who have voiced support for the development of wind . . .
Special Judge Linda Ralu Wolf has agreed to let Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC file a two-in-one response by Oct. 21. The wind farm company is embroiled in a judicial review court case filed by a group of Henry County residents who question the validity of the county’s wind turbine ordinances. Big Blue River Wind Farm asked the judge in August to dismiss the case, claiming that the petitioners hadn’t followed the right channels and that Henry County courts . . .