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Residents are speaking out against a pair of proposed wind farms north of Crawfordsville. A group called No Wind Farm Montgomery County says the projects are too close to neighboring homes and pose risks to public health and the environment.
NextEra’s next hurdle is getting the planning commission to grant an extension for a Commission Approved Use (CAU) that is already in place. During a May 18 meeting, the planning commission did not have enough votes to approve or deny a request for a second one-year extension.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Henry County Planning Commission did not have enough votes either way Thursday night to approve or deny requests from two wind farm companies who wanted a second one-year extension of the commission-approved uses (CAUs) that will let each company continue to develop their industrial wind turbine projects in the southern part of the county. The planning commission intends to discuss and possibly re-vote on the issue at its June meeting. More information about that will appear in Tuesday’s paper.
Seven years ago, a company came to Fayette County wanting to develop a Commercial Wind Farm in Posey and Fairview Townships. They claim they were “invited” by the people of Fayette County. There are a lot of farmers and homeowners in Fairview and Posey Township who would like to “un-invite” them and send them back where they cam from – except it’s difficult to tell exactly where they came from.
Dozens of residents came to a Wednesday night county commissioner’s meeting thinking they still had one more chance to sway county commissioners to vote “no” to Apex Clean Energy and its wind turbines. But they soon found out their input and a vote by the commissioners weren’t need all.
On Monday night the Warren County Board of Zoning Appeals approved an exemption allowing development plans for Jordan Creek Wind Farm to progress in the county.
There’s been some fuss recently, among some of the local population, regarding a couple of recent decisions made – and actions taken – by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners.
Discussion of Jordan Creek Wind Farm will continue on to another meeting of the Warren County Board of Zoning Appeals, scheduled for Nov. 28 ...The developer — Orion Renewable Energy Group — is seeking a special exception required by the county's zoning rules to develop a wind farm.
Whether it was supporters, opponents or those just curious about it, an open house this week drew many out to Roberts Park in Connersville to learn about the proposed West Fork Wind Energy Center project and the company behind it.
The Henry County Sheriff's office said a person has been stealing signs that were put up in an effort to block a wind farm project in the county.
The town council of this southwestern Henry County community is considering a request to officially oppose development of wind farms.
Wind turbines standing 600 feet high could be going up in Berrien County, but everyone involved cautions there are many hurdles to clear and it would be years before the project could become a reality. ...For wind turbines to go up in Weesaw Township, though, a ban on commercial wind farms would have to be lifted.
The same opposition that spurred the Ohio law can be found in Indiana, where some county officials are taking steps to make their communities unattractive to wind farm developers, with setback restrictions or outright bans.
Richardson said the company will honor its obligations to the county and repay money for failing to create jobs in return for funds to develop the business. The company was originally to create 410 jobs, and paid $375,000 in penalties last year for failing to meet numbers.
In a May 21 letter to the News-Press, NextEra manager Jeremy Ferrell encouraged residents to get the facts about wind energy rather than hearken to “myths and fears.” So, I have some facts to share.
A wind-farm aversion is driving a handful of other rural counties — including some that already have turbines — to put moratoriums on any future development as local debate unfolds. “They’re losing favor all over the state,” said Campbell, who’s now working with like-minded opposition in other communities.
At issue is a series of text messages between an Apex employee and a local resident, parts of which were posted on Facebook. In the texts, the Apex employee asks the local resident to “work on Kim (Cronk) for me.” The resident then asks, “Might there be a job for me with Apex/Flat Rock in the future?” The Apex employee responded, “Deliver Kim and we will talk!”
The Calpine Corporation intends to build 80-100 turbines for a 200 megawatt wind farm. The proposed Big Blue River Wind Farm would include the townships of Greensboro, Jefferson, Harrison and Prairie. But some Henry County residents oppose it.
Rachel White, Henry County zoning administrator, said she received notice of an indefinite continuance from the law firm representing Calpine, the company that owns the wind project. ...Many area residents have voiced opposition to the project. More than 150 people attended a community meeting earlier this month to discuss it.
The company exploring the possibility of placing wind turbines in northwest Henry County has taken a step forward in the lengthy process involved.