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Disrespectful; insulting, horrible; intimidating; uncalled for; disgusting; despicable. Those are a few adjectives reflecting the conduct of the Huntington County community development director and several of the Plan Commission members during their Nov. 12 public hearing on amendments to the county’s industrial wind turbine ordinance.
Randolph County is luring agricultural industry that faced opposition in Delaware County: an ethanol refinery, industrialized hog farms and now a utility-scale wind farm.
“With the moratorium in place we can now come forward together, citizens and governing bodies, to amend the Howard County wind ordinance and begin the process of healing relationships and reaching out to those feeling shortchanged by the actions taken in the cancellation of this industrial wind turbine project.”
The Wildcat Wind Farm project survived six years of recession and remonstration, but last week it finally breathed its last. Faced with changing economic conditions and an unrelenting opposition that had expanded into political activism, the Howard County Commissioners terminated their agreement with e.On last week.
The agreement effectively ends the possibility of wind farm development in Howard County.
“As a result of many months of lengthy dialogue, negotiations and changes in market conditions, tonight we are announcing that we are terminating the economic development agreement with E.ON regarding Wildcat Wind Farm phases II and III,” Commission President Paul Wyman said to a roar of applause among the packed board room.
The wind died considerably in the northwestern portion of Tipton County last week, leaving the perfect break in the weather for remonstrators of wind farm development in the county to celebrate.
After months of contention surrounding further wind farm development, juwi Wind has decided to cut its losses and part ways with Tipton County.
The people of eastern Howard County have argued long and loudly against the advent of a wind farm within their community. Their efforts, to this point, have been in vain. So, a group of them approached the nearby town of Converse, hoping to escape the county’s jurisdiction.
Audience member Hank Bilsland, a Culver resident and one of the most vocal opponents of wind turbines at the council meeting, said there was "a lot of resistance" to the 140-foot tower height allowed in the plan commission's proposed ordinance. Bilsland distributed wind turbine photos to commission members. He also suggested solar energy systems were a more beneficial alternative to wind energy.
If Etowah politicians allow wind farms — maybe not now, but later after all residents have experienced the social damage these monstrosities cause — political careers will be in jeopardy. ...The citizens of Kokomo and Howard County have seen the enemy and do not like it. Gadsden and Etowah County have yet to witness these prodigious Frankenstein monsters.
Protestors have attended most of the meetings of the Howard County Commissioners over the past two years. They’ve visited the Howard County Council as well. Last July, the commissioners placed a moratorium on future wind development, excluding the Wildcat Wind Farm. It still was not enough for those who will have to live in or near the wind farm.
Twenty-three people lined up to give their opinions Wednesday, May 14, as members of the Huntington County Plan Commission listened to their views on wind farms. ...Commission members got plenty of feedback as homeowners and others demanded changes to the ordinance.
Residents of Tipton County voted for change on Tuesday, with a pair of anti-wind candidates coming out of the primary election victorious. Gerald Shuck beat out incumbent Republican County Commissioner Phil Heron, 1,817-1,266, to win a key seat, while Republican Jim Leffler edged fellow challenger Mike Orr.
However, in the end, Apex Clean Energy could not secure enough land use agreements with local farmers to make the project financially viable.
Buzzard says the preliminary plans show an economic development boost of tens of millions of dollars into the local economy. However, Buzzard says he's mindful there are other things to consider, like property values and the aesthetics of the area.
Randolph County Council Tuesday approved a multi-year extension for one to the two wind farms that had been due to begin construction in the county this year. ...Under the extension, NextEra would begin construction of the project by the end of 2017 and complete it by the end of 2018.
Huntington County commissioners agree that they want to hear more public input about the proposed Plum Tree wind farm project, but cut short talk about placing a moratorium on the developer's application.
Evans said Cline’s alleged financial interest in property which stands to earn lease payments from the Prairie Breeze project was irrelevant. Since Cline didn’t vote to purchase anything or obligate the county with a contract, he didn’t break the state’s criminal law against conflict of interest, Evans decided.
What happened? In May, E.ON Climate & Renewables canceled an appearance before Delaware County Council after receiving signals that the council would reject the company’s request for property tax abatement for a wind farm. At the same time, the city-county plan commission postponed for 2-3 years action on an ordinance to regulate wind farms, so the county could research the impact of other Indiana wind farms on property values.