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A large crowd filed into the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday expecting to hear more from county commissioners about a proposed amendment to the county’s wind energy ordinance. However, the item was not on the agenda because Commissioner Phil Bane could not attend the meeting.
A representative of the renewable energy company EDP Renewables approached the Jasper County Commissioners on the morning of Monday, March 5 to discuss plans for a wind farm which may require use of a local county road. The project, a wind farm, would be located in Benton County. The project was planned to be placed at 2,000 feet west of Benton County Road 1100 East and therefore about 1,500 feet West of Jasper County Road 380, south of Jasper County Road 1900 South. If all goes as intended for the company, Construction may start as early as sometime in April.
A major change to the ordinance involves the noise limit emitting from a wind turbine from 60 decibels to 48 decibels. The second change would increase the required setback for property lines from 1,300 feet to 1,500 feet. ...The noise decibel level will be measured at the nearest primary structure for a participating landowner or at the nearest property line of a non-participating landowner.
Many of the meeting's attendees oppose a plan to bring turbines to Adams, Bethlehem, Boone and Harrison townships in northern Cass County. Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, is the company behind the plan and also wants to erect turbines in northern Miami County.
"Too often I see county governments be enticed by the thought of additional tax revenue without raising taxes," Martis said Saturday. "But in truth, placing turbines in just a few townships for countywide revenue enhancements is actually a decision to tax those few townships with the loss of amenity at home and quality of life without compensation."
The Feb. 9 FERC order addresses Harvest Wind Energy LLC's petition for a waiver of PJM Interconnection LLC's Open Access Transmission Tariff. ...The waiver would have allowed Harvest Wind Energy to change its point of interconnection without requiring additional evaluation under the tariff.
If you think the proposed industrial wind turbines won’t affect you, it may be time to reconsider. ...How will the loss of all the things you take for granted in Montgomery County affect you, your family and friends? If you don’t know the answer to that, you haven’t asked enough questions.
We agree with PJM that changing the point of interconnection at this late stage would introduce uncertainty that could well impact other lower-queued interconnection customers and that such restudy of the point of interconnection would require reassessment.
The two hour plus evening in Denver featured a panel of concerned citizens, including Lynn Plummer-Studebaker, who helped lead Fulton County’s fight against wind turbines, former Miami County Commissioner Greg Deeds, as well as Larry Long and Joan Null, who both faced a similar battle in Whitley County - and won.
The county wind-farm statute requires a minimum setback of 1,000 feet from residential properties and bars property owners from building a residential structure within the setback area. That means even landowners who aren’t participating in the project could not build a residential building, or add onto their current home, if it’s within 1,000 feet of a wind turbine.
The trend for Cass County Commissioners meetings lately continued Monday with a packed room and criticism voiced toward a proposed wind turbine project in the northern part of the county. Dave Redweik, Twelve Mile, told commissioners that a petition calling for half-mile setbacks from property lines for industrial wind turbines is now up to 1,554 names.
The Commissioners issued a moratorium on the issue last year and said they would not do anything unless warranted to do so. Woods said two House bills on the matter did not make it out of committee last week.
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Setbacks, disclosure rules, voter approval part of failed state laws The breeze has been taken out of the sails of two Indiana General Assembly bills aiming to regulate wind energy.
The complaint refers to Cass County's wind energy conversion systems ordinance, which requires wind turbines to be at least 1,000 feet from homes. That means no homes can be constructed within 1,000 feet of wind turbines, which the complaint states "authorizes the taking of private property without compensation being paid."
Saunders said this legislation would require county officials or family members of county officials with financial interests in wind-powered devices in their county to recuse themselves from any official proceedings on that subject.
Experts disagree about whether the introduction of wind turbines to an area has any impact on property values.
An Ohio man fighting a wind project in his home county shared his experiences and advice Thursday night with residents of Cass County, where a similar project is proposed.
Are wind turbines bad for you? Do they keep people up at night? Are they annoying? Do they negatively impact health? Are they dangerous? These questions are on Cass County residents’ minds as a company prepares to bring as many as 150 wind turbines to Adams, Bethlehem, Boone and Harrison townships in the northern part of the county along with neighboring Miami County.
Nearby residents argue the turbines are a health hazard and will drive down property values. Opponents formed a group called No Wind Farm Montgomery County to speak out against the projects.