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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.
A meeting has yet to be scheduled for the committee this summer, but when they do meet, they are charged with specifically studying the construction of wind power devices in Indiana, along with the health effects, public safety implications, issues of property valuation, policies defining conflicts of interest and issues concerning economic development.
“The Board of Zoning Appeals went through that massive hearing, reviewed the evidence and did a superb job of analyzing the information and making their decision,” Snyder said. “So I think from the standpoint of the (decision), Judge Bailey’s standpoint is very detailed and clearly shows the connection between the evidence that was presented and the 2,300-foot setback.”
Monday’s Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting provided a forum for residents to speak out, some in favor of shutting the wind farm down, others stating the latest blade break, caused by lightning, isn’t cause for concern.
A second blade has fallen from a wind turbine in the Wildcat Wind Farm in Tipton County in around two months. A spokesperson for General Electric, which manufactures the blades, said early signs indicate lighting was the reason.
A GE blade has failed at the 200MW Wildcat 1 wind farm in Indiana for the second time in two months. Yesterday a blade broke off a 1.6MW turbine at the project, which is owned by Eon Climate and Renewables North America.
A wind turbine in Fowler catches fire in Benton County Friday morning. Witnesses report seeing the turbine shooting flames and sparks from its motor.
It stands idle on the northeast side of Tipton County, one of its three blades broken off. But more than two weeks after wind turbine G14 lost its blade, it is still unclear why, and when the turbine will be back up and running. A representative of E.On who asked not to be identified said Tuesday that the company is in the process of acquiring a rare crane, which will be brought to Tipton County to disassemble the entire turbine hub.
Traffic on US 30 at the Grovertown Truck Stop was delayed Wednesday morning for a two vehicle accident that ended up being deadly. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department 9-1-1 Center received a call of a traffic accident involving a passenger car and a semi at 6:11 a.m. CST.
One person is dead after a car drove under a semi in Starke County Wednesday morning. ...a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller completely covered the westbound lane and partly across the eastbound lane.
"After a thorough investigation into training and safety practices and operating procedures used at the time of the accident and currently, the department concluded that no violations of employee training or safety standards were present."
An Ivy Tech Community College faculty member died today after he fell from a wind turbine used for teaching on the Lafayette campus. Craig Porter, 36, was the chairman of the energy technology program. As a result of the death, classes are canceled today. Classes will resume Thursday.
While downplaying the impact of their decisions on a potential wind farm in southern Henry County, members of the aviation board here are moving forward with the construction of a new runway. ...Going back to the FAA could delay the runway construction project by about a year.
Over the next few years, the development of wind energy could cost Indiana households more than $40 million per year, adding at least $2 per month on average to the typical bill for the state's 1.5 million homes. The new cash would help pay for about $16 billion worth of new transmission.
Conklin said the damaged part would be shipped off to an independent source for study. He said the possible causes for the failure included: mechanical defect, design flaw, or damage in transportation. He said as the turbine was being brought in to town on State Route 227, the long semi-trailer "bottomed out," leaving gouges in the road. Stephen said the damaged part would be subjected to actual forensic study. She and Conklin said Performance Services Inc. (PSI), which owns the two wind turbines, and Nordic WindPower, which provided the turbines, sent their "A Team" to Tuesday's meeting.
Members of the Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals got a taste of the wind power debate during their meeting Thursday morning. One petitioner's bid for a wind-powered generator was granted and another denied. ...Anita Miller, a nearby neighbor of Ntende's, voiced her concerns over possible dangers, such as electrical surges or falling debris due to the proposed windmill's proximity to surrounding homes and electrical lines.