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The Board of Zoning Appeals for the third time delayed a decision to approve three windmills in Evansville. ...John Briscoe voted no because of the proximity to residents. However, Peterlin said the board needs to update its zoning system.
A lot of people who grew up in the 1970s saw an increase in popularity of solar panels and wind turbines. But because the machines weren't properly installed or maintained and the technology lagged, they operated poorly, Tolen said. "A lot of us grew up skeptical," he said.
Effort is under way to get Kentland airport out of the way for turbines; but town says, no way
Michigan's goal is to get 10% of the state's power from alternative sources by 2015. Wind energy is sure to be a large part of that equation. But what is the potential for wind energy in Michigan? And what impact will wind turbines have on the surroundings, the workers, and the economy? There has been so much controversy about the possibility of installing wind turbines in Lake Michigan.
Indianapolis Power & Light and wind farm developer enXco have settled a contract dispute that mothballed construction of a facility in southwestern Minnesota. France-based EDF Energies Nouvelles, parent of enXco, said Monday that an agreement has been reached with IPL to resume work on the Lakefield, Minn., wind farm, from which IPL plans to buy 201 megawatts of power over 20 years. The project was announced last year.
Changes are on the horizon in Tippecanoe County; wind turbines could soon be constructed in the area. The Commissioners approved two amended ordinances Monday that laid the ground work for wind turbines and wind farms in Tippecanoe County. ...some Tippecanoe County residents are still against the idea of having wind farms in their backyards.
MONTPELIER -- Not that many years ago, an ethanol "gold-rush" swept through East Central Indiana.
Wind turbines could soon come to Tippecanoe County. But at the commissioner meeting several people raised concerns about the ordinances the commissioners approved on first reading earlier this month. One ordinance involves protecting the county and citizens when it comes to constructing wind turbines.
A massive wind energy project that would have included the building of 134 new 1.5 megawatt wind turbines near Lakefield has been put on hold after the Indianapolis Power & Light Company terminated its power purchase agreement with enXco, the project's developer.
In anticipation of wind turbines eventually springing up in Tippecanoe County, county commissioners are considering adding a fee schedule and more regulatory details to the county's wind energy code. The three commissioners delayed a decision on the code changes Monday, but will revisit the discussion at their April 5 meeting.
On March 1, enXco, the US subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, received notification that the US utility Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL) would terminate the power purchase agreement related to the 201 MW Lakefield wind project currently under development (southwestern Minnesota).
With the prospect of harnessing wind energy moving closer to reality in Cass County, planners have established fees for wind farms and towers. The Logansport Plan Commission voted Monday to set fees for wind energy equipment to accompany a wind ordinance created last year.
The county's Plan Commission is considering drafting an ordinance to govern both commercial wind farms and wind generators for private use. Although no wind farm has been proposed for the county, officials want to be prepared. They've watched wind farms grow in other Central Indiana counties and also spur debate in neighboring Boone County, which also is trying to decide whether to allow wind farms.
Before industrial wind turbine farms are allowed - or banned - in Boone County, local officials want information on whether or not the industry presents a health risk. Research into industrial wind turbine health issues continues, but nothing specific has been found, Rachel Whittington, interim executive director of the Boone County Area Plan Commission, said Friday.
A State Board of Accounts audit report questions the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission's expenditure of $900,000 of property tax dollars on a 120-foot-tall wind turbine and 50 street lights to be powered by a combination of wind and sun. ...tax protesters criticized how the improvements were financed, describing it as "loosey goosey," "Enron-style" financing to evade state law.
ON THE AGENDA
A Warrick County judge has ruled the 60-foot-tall wind turbine that Huntington Creek Subdivision resident David Johnson wants to build is OK under the county's zoning ordinance. ...The ruling concerned a variance granted to Johnson by the county's Board of Zoning Appeals in the spring.
A group of Boone County property owners believe the answer to the country's energy and other woes is blowing in the wind -- but opponents of a proposed wind farm in the western part of the county remain unconvinced. More than 75 people attended a meeting Tuesday to discuss contracts offered to area landowners by Gestamp Wind North America. ...The company is offering landowners $14,000 per 400-foot turbine annually, a figure several people at the meeting said was above average for the area.
The 200- to 300-foot-long blades on industrial windmills look almost whimsical from afar. They appear to turn slowly. People sometimes stop to take pictures. "They look cool," said Eric Burch, director of policy and outreach for the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The tips of those giant blades, however, move at speeds approaching 160 mph, creating forces that send low-frequency vibrations through the ground. People three-quarters of a mile away sometimes say they can feel the vibrations in their chests.
Proponents of alternative energy stress the production of alternative sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels. Others recognize the importance of coal to Indiana and prefer to explore development of clean coal technology. In any case, one trend is apparent: Despite widespread acknowledgment of a need to alter habits to protect the environment, many youths are apathetic about changing the status quo.