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For a second time in two months, a wind turbine blade broke off in central Iowa. The latest incident happened Thursday near Paton, in Greene County.
Windfall resident McCorkle said since the Wildcat Wind Farm opened, wildlife has decreased in the area. He said the turbines also wake them up at night, have caused nausea, cause houses to vibrate and interfere with cell phones and satellite service. “Don’t let them bully you into accepting what is not good for all of the people in your county,” he wrote in a letter. “Why should most of us suffer at the greed of a few?”
According to the Indiana Conservative Alliance for Energy at least 29 Indiana counties have ordinances that significantly limit large wind projects. A recent study by Purdue University looks at the attitudes of Indiana counties toward wind energy developments.
The opponents got their way.
RWE Renewables will not pursue its proposed wind turbine farm in Gibson and Posey counties, citing provisions in the newly adopted Gibson County zoning ordinance that make the project unfeasible to develop. Company officials confirmed that more than 300 landowners were notified RWE plans to terminate the proposed $600 million investment in two 200-megawatt turbine farms on more than 30,000 acres leased across the two counties.
Mines in the Upper Midwest, like the Knight Hawk mine in southern Illinois, produce fuel that powers much of the region's electricity production. That could change as coal plants retire and new wind and solar facilities come online.
A state appeals court ruled in favor of a controversial wind electricity project Tuesday, putting the Grain Belt Express transmission line another step closer to construction. The project, which has been tied up in legal and legislative challenges for years, will carry wind-generated power from Kansas to Indiana on a 780-mile-long transmission line that includes eight northern Missouri counties.
Anti-wind chimes sounded loudly once again in Tuesday’s primary election. This time, the vibrations ended a 43-year career in public service. First-time-ever candidate Steve Dellinger easily defeated three-term Middle District Commissioner Kim Cronk, garnering just over 60 percent of the vote. The final vote total was 3,402 to 2,233.
It’s hard saying whether the West Fork Wind project is still a go. One thing’s for certain: the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has wiped a request from West Fork Wind off of its agenda.
“We’re talking about corruption on the elevation scans that are the most critical in detecting severe weather and tornadoes. We’ll lose that ability. We’ll lose that advance warning for people who need it the most you know the people who need the extra time the kid In the schools, patients in hospitals,” says Newton.
The Marshall County Commissioners imposed a moratorium on the development of Solar Farms on property within the county during their meeting Monday. While the current zoning ordinance was approved in 2007 and revised in 2017 to add solar energy system standards, there was no consideration for Solar Farms which would be greater than 10 acres.
Unfortunately, migratory bats are being killed by what Carter calls "wildlife in a blender," or wind turbines. "People call this green energy," he said recently to a crowd of bird lovers at Kennedy Library. "I call it red energy. I call them all kinds of terrible things." Not meaning to downplay the threat of wind farms to birds, but bird mortality at a wind farm is measured in dozens or hundreds, Carter said, while bat fatalities are measured in the thousands. "A single wind farm can kill 4,000 bats in a single season," he said.
“The commencement of construction is prohibited without a [wind energy conversion system] permit, constitutes illegal work, and amounts to a material breach of the parties’ agreements,” the county stated. “[Sugar Creek Wind] actively concealed this work from the Commissioners.”
The Posey County Commission voted on Tuesday to send the proposed windmill ordinance back to the area plan commission, opting not to vote on the ordinance. The proposed ordinance would regulate both wind farms and solar farms. Commissioners don’t believe the two should be linked together and request that the two should be separated into two different ordinances.
The request for judicial review is asking the court to find that Big Blue River Wind Farm “has been prejudiced” and send the case back to the BZA “to take official action on the Application and make findings of fact tied to the evidence and testimony presented at the Hearing and/or to grant Big Blue River’s Application.”
After millions of dollars were spent developing the project, the suit claims, the county revoked the project’s property tax incentives, adopted rules making a building permit impossible and then rushed to pass a zoning ordinance when the company threatened to sue. The county disputes Sugar Creek Wind’s complaints and said it would “vigorously defend” the suit.
The county moved to kill a wind farm project years after agreeing to support it by “fast-tracking” a zoning ordinance and changing the rules for building permits and tax incentives, the project’s developers claim in a federal lawsuit.
The Henry County courtroom filled with cheers and applause Thursday evening after the Board of Zoning Appeals voted down an appeal from Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC.
More wind farms are planned for Indiana, a state already ranked high in the U.S. for wind generated power. Additional wind farms in the state appear likely with at least one utility planning to totally eliminate power generated by coal.
Many are aware that one of the world’s largest wind energy developers, E.ON, has proposed building large industrial wind farms in both Gibson and Posey counties. This development has been met with great resistance in both counties due to their close proximity to the Doppler Radar station in nearby Owensville.