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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 reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 5, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines a hot button issue in Gibson County

Wind Energy is still a hot button issue in Gibson County. Proposed wind farms have people weighing the pros and cons. Les Kiesel is a member of Gibcowind, a community organization formed to push for larger setbacks for proposed wind turbines in Gibson County. He says he’s not “anti-wind energy,” he simply wants to make sure it’s done in a responsible way which highlights “property rights and safety,” according to Kiesel. Officials from E.ON stated that their standard set backs . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning ordinance approved by Montgomery Co. Area Plan Commission

The Montgomery County Area Plan Commission has passed the county’s contentious zoning ordinance, following another night of debate Wednesday. The Plan Commission had earlier tried to send county commissioners the ordinance without a recommendation, but it was sent back to the Plan Commission following a re-reading of state statute which shows such a move is illegal for a first-time zoning ordinance. The discussion has been hurried by the threat of legal action from a wind company hoping to develop in . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning proposal gets plan commission nod

The proposed ordinance that would bring zoning to the unincorporated parts of Montgomery County is now in the hands of the board of commissioners with a favorable recommendation from the plan commission. The county’s first zoning regulations will go into effect if commissioners adopt the ordinance at their meeting next month. Nearly 80 people filled the Crawfordsville City Council chambers for a public hearing Wednesday as the plan commission gave the proposal a second look after giving no recommendation a . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Let’s talk wind farms: A conversation with Posey/Gibson project company, E.ON

Citizen groups like Pocowind.org and Gibcowind.org have addressed concerns over proposed wind farm projects and Gibson and Posey counties throughout the last several months. On Thursday, Gibco Wind held a meeting, and a represenative from the company behind the project, E.ON, attended. Amanda Mueller sat down with E.ON Wind Development Manager Karsen Rumpf to ask questions posed at these citizen meetings. “First thing I like to tell people is to, you know, go up and take a look at them . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Adding legal shield to fend off wind

SULPHUR SPRINGS – A David versus Goliath struggle over wind turbines took another turn Tuesday in Sulphur Springs when local residents sought to add a legal shield alongside their slingshot. Town board members were presented a potential agreement with an attorney to protect the community if an anticipated wind turbine company development takes a next step, or even sues the community for blocking their efforts. Local resident Judy Walker emphasized the attorney fees connected with the agreement would be completely funded . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Gibco-wind group pushing for alterations in proposed wind farm

The group Gibson County Wind Citizens group, or Gibco-wind for short, held another public meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of wind farms in the region. German-based energy company E.ON has acquired over 10,000 acres so far in its quest to develop land in southwest Indiana, according to company representatives. E.ON officials have told the public it is looking to lease around 15,000 acres. Gibco-wind group members agreed to push for more distance between properties and the turbines, which are . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2019 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Home Rule Act not guaranteed protection

Several citizens have asked commissioners why zoning is the only way to control the development of wind turbines. Specifically, many citizens have wondered why an ordinance under the Home Rule Act, like the one adopted by the town of Darlington, which prohibits wind farms within four miles of the town, wouldn’t be a better alternative than zoning. Let’s take a look at a couple of cases which illustrate why it isn’t a viable option. The Indiana Home Rule Act (Indiana . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners invited to wind farm forum

PRINCETON – Gibson County Commissioners Wednesday told citizens who are concerned about the impact of a proposed industrial wind turbine farm in the county that they are meeting with representatives of E.ON Climate and Renewables to talk about bonding requirements for use of county roads and setbacks. Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe reported that he and County Attorney James McDonald met to initially discuss issues for which the county has enforceable ordinances. He described the private meeting as an introduction to what the . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

No wind turbine zone expanded In Jasper County

An amendment to the county’s wind ordinance, as recommended by the plan commission, was presented to the Jasper County Commissioners at their May meeting. The recommended changes from the subcommittee and plan commission passed as presented. The no wind turbine zone, as Commissioner Kendell Culp will talk about, is all of the county north of County Road 1200 South, which begins two miles south of State Road 16. Commissioner Culp explains what the new changes will include. ================== Tuesday, May . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ban in Tippecanoe County

The Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners voted to ban wind farms, unanimously. Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said the ban isn’t meant to send a message against renewable energy. He said the decision was made because the population growth here is too large for that kind of investment. “It is a very viable project in other counties,” said Murtaugh. “And that’s why we’ve seen those pop up in our surrounding counties, in Benton County and White County and we’ll likely see it . . . Complete story »

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