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If you think the proposed industrial wind turbines won’t affect you, it may be time to reconsider. ...How will the loss of all the things you take for granted in Montgomery County affect you, your family and friends? If you don’t know the answer to that, you haven’t asked enough questions.
We agree with PJM that changing the point of interconnection at this late stage would introduce uncertainty that could well impact other lower-queued interconnection customers and that such restudy of the point of interconnection would require reassessment.
The two hour plus evening in Denver featured a panel of concerned citizens, including Lynn Plummer-Studebaker, who helped lead Fulton County’s fight against wind turbines, former Miami County Commissioner Greg Deeds, as well as Larry Long and Joan Null, who both faced a similar battle in Whitley County - and won.
The county wind-farm statute requires a minimum setback of 1,000 feet from residential properties and bars property owners from building a residential structure within the setback area. That means even landowners who aren’t participating in the project could not build a residential building, or add onto their current home, if it’s within 1,000 feet of a wind turbine.
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.
The Commissioners issued a moratorium on the issue last year and said they would not do anything unless warranted to do so. Woods said two House bills on the matter did not make it out of committee last week.
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Setbacks, disclosure rules, voter approval part of failed state laws The breeze has been taken out of the sails of two Indiana General Assembly bills aiming to regulate wind energy.
The complaint refers to Cass County's wind energy conversion systems ordinance, which requires wind turbines to be at least 1,000 feet from homes. That means no homes can be constructed within 1,000 feet of wind turbines, which the complaint states "authorizes the taking of private property without compensation being paid."
Saunders said this legislation would require county officials or family members of county officials with financial interests in wind-powered devices in their county to recuse themselves from any official proceedings on that subject.
Experts disagree about whether the introduction of wind turbines to an area has any impact on property values.
An Ohio man fighting a wind project in his home county shared his experiences and advice Thursday night with residents of Cass County, where a similar project is proposed.
Are wind turbines bad for you? Do they keep people up at night? Are they annoying? Do they negatively impact health? Are they dangerous? These questions are on Cass County residents’ minds as a company prepares to bring as many as 150 wind turbines to Adams, Bethlehem, Boone and Harrison townships in the northern part of the county along with neighboring Miami County.
Nearby residents argue the turbines are a health hazard and will drive down property values. Opponents formed a group called No Wind Farm Montgomery County to speak out against the projects.
Rodgers said that because of the Freedom of Information Act, “the people now are learning what it is you’re doing behind closed doors, what it is you’re doing with wind energy companies and what kind of horrible advice your trusted advisors are giving you.”
A Fulton County Area Plan Commission tie vote Monday means county commissioners’ decision to prohibit commercial wind energy conversion systems in the unincorporated area of the county will go into effect.
I live with the people who are adversely affected by industrial wind turbines and deeply regret having signed the documents enabling the construction of the wind farm. This is why I am sharing my experience ... so that you will not have to regret being a part of facilitating something that is a "windfall" to a few, but a curse to many.
Hunt said his biggest issue with the ordinance is the 1,000-foot setback of turbines from residential dwellings. Under that rule, landowners could not build a home within 1,000 feet of a turbine, even if the tower wasn’t on their property.
McShirley claimed that someone in the local government ordered that the final version of the plan support wind energy development in Henry County. McShirley told the Henry County Council that a change ...makes the 168-page document “a $100,000 rubber stamp for pro-IWT (industrial wind turbine) interests.”
Joan Null, who said she was not part of Fulton County’s fight but has been involved in a number of wind ordinance battles across the state, made a recommendation to commissioners. “Please don’t leave yourself open … go ahead and make a declaration within your zoning ordinance that large WECS systems are not a permitted use in any zoning classification,” she said. “Close that door. Don’t leave it open for the next developer.”