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.
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 . . .
RUSHVILLE – It’s back to court again for the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals, yet again for another decision the board has made regarding proposed wind projects. West Fork Wind LLC, also known as NextEra Energy Resources, last month filed a civil action in Rush Superior Court requesting a judicial review of the Rush County BZA’s decision, in December 2016, regarding NextEra’s special exception permit application for the construction of 22 industrial wind turbines within the county, as part of . . .
INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed Flat Rock Wind Project in Rush County became a little less likely to happen, at least in Rush County, as of this week. The Indiana Court of Appeals Tuesday morning issued its opinion on the case involving Flat Rock Wind, LLC. – also known as Apex Clean Energy – and the Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals, with that opinion upholding the decision back in July 2015 to enact a 2,300-foot setback distance, from non-participating property . . .
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Rush County zoning ruling requiring industrial wind turbines to be at least 2,300 feet from some people’s property lines. The judges emphasized that the zoning ordinances outline minimum distances and the zoning board is able to increase those distances when warranted. Flat Rock Wind LLC seeks to construct a wind farm on more than 29,000 acres in Rush and Henry counties with 95 wind turbines, with 65 of those in Rush . . .
In Flat Rock Wind, LLC v. Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals, et al., a 26-page opinion, Judge Riley writes: Appellant-Petitioner, Flat Rock Wind, LLC (Flat Rock), appeals the trial court’s decision, affirming Appellee-Respondent’s, Rush County Area Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), grant of Flat Rock’s amended application to construct a commercial Wind Energy Conversion System, subject to the requirement to locate each industrial wind turbine at least 2,300 feet from a non-participating owner’s property line. We affirm. Appellant . . .