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The county board of zoning appeals already has given a favorable recommendation to allow the [meteorological] tower on the land, which is zoned for agricultural use only. The plan department's staff reports the tower is only a temporary structure.
What we have here are miles and miles of visual pollution. Those who imagined that a wind farm would consist of a half dozen or so wind turbines scattered about in the boonies should take the drive. By some estimates, the hundreds of wind turbines produce enough energy to power a city of 250,000. Imagine what it would have to look like to power a city of 3 million.
Two wind-farm proposals in western Boone County have been on hold for several months as county officials refuse to take the lead in either direction. Wind-farm developers Gestamp Wind North America and enXco have been offering some county landowners big money to lease land for the large wind turbines -- reportedly up to $14,000 per 400-foot turbine annually.
The current ordinance keeps turbines one-thousand feet away from residences that don't have turbines. Pairitz wants a moratorium on any permits that are issued, which would give the commissioners extra time to reconsider the distance from the turbine to property.
A group of rural Tippecanoe County residents who have lingering concerns over the impact of wind energy development asked county commissioners Monday to press "pause" in the process. Jim Pairitz, who lives on County Road 1200 South near West Point, asked for a moratorium on accepting applications or granting permits.
A group of rural Tippecanoe County residents asked today that the board of commissioners put a moratorium on accepting permits for large wind energy systems.
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.
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.
Effort is under way to get Kentland airport out of the way for turbines; but town says, no way
This year, construction of about 300 megawatts of new wind power electricity -- mostly expansions of the Meadow Lake and Fowler Ridge wind farms in White and Benton counties -- has been approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. However, looking beyond 2010, the IURC has just one application for a wind farm under review.
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.
When it comes to the future impact of large wind systems, Marshall County planners are considering plenty. Ordinance amendments regulating wind farms in the county were sent back to the planning commission for more revisions after Dennis Thornton requested local control of tower height restrictions surrounding properly-approved private airstrips.
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.
Wind farms have begun appearing in Benton and White counties in northwest Indiana, and Marshall County could be next. Looking ahead to that possibility, the Marshall County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on proposed ordinance changes for wind energy conversion systems and to raise the fee for commercial wind farm permits from $50 to $20,000.
A "perfect storm" of three factors occurring at the same time resulted in the malfunction of Union City's wind turbine. That's the verdict experts from Nordic Windpower and Performance Services Inc. gave to Mayor Bryan Conklin and Randolph Eastern School Superintendent Cathy Stephen on April 7. ..."The malfunction resulted from a 'perfect storm' of three factors occurring at the same time."
Indiana consumers are getting few benefits from wind-power energy produced here because most is being shipped out of state, a new report says. Indiana saw a 700 percent increase in total wind-generated power in 2009, an increase second only to Utah, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report.
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.
As debate continues in Tippecanoe County over windmill regulations, a pair of county building commission officials went to see -- and hear -- windmills for themselves this week. Building Commissioner Ron Highland and Ken Brown, deputy building commissioner, visited Benton County on Tuesday to learn more about wind turbine developments and take sound measurements.
Alliance spokesperson Gwyer Moore says his committee has identified eight potential areas for turbines in these two areas which comprise about 800 acres on which wind turbines "could be placed according to government rules." These lands are part of a larger study area northwest of Grafton by wind farm developer Energy Farming Ontario Inc.
The tests to determine what went wrong with Union City's wind turbine were inconclusive. During the turbine's original testing in February, the tip of one blade malfunctioned, and the blades were taken down for forensic testing by an independent source. The accident on State Route 227 as the turbine was in transit in January may have caused the damage. The semi trailer hauling the blade was long, and it evidently bottomed out on the road.