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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.
No wind farms at all. That's the new stance of a group originally formed around opposition to the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm proposed for northwestern Tipton County. The Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development was formed earlier in the year when the juwi Wind project was first announced and has concentrated its efforts in amending the county-wide ordinance to place greater restrictions on wind turbines.
The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals is requesting funding to hire an attorney to represent it in two court cases regarding the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm.
BZA President Jerry Acres opened the meeting stating his opinion that the board should not consider modifying the setback requirement of 1,500 which was made a condition when the BZA approved a conditional use permit for the wind farm. The board voted 3-to-1 to deny the request from juwi Wind without conducting a public hearing or allowing testimony from the company, affected landowners and the public.
TIPTON - Tipton County paid its attorney more than $1,000 to prepare minutes from the meetings of the county council and county commissioners, an action that raised the ire of local residents.
The Tipton city Plan Commission is recommending the city council impose a moratorium on any wind farm development around the city until the end of 2014. The Plan Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to recommend a moratorium be put in place until Dec. 31, 2014 so that the city's wind farm ordinance can be reviewed and possibly amended.
The Plan Commission is expected to consider a recommendation to place a moratorium on any wind farms within the two-mile zoning jurisdiction around the city limits at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tipton County Courthouse.
EDF Renewable Energy, a third-party operator that maintains wind farms and has recently been working to develop its own, is terminating its lease agreements on nearly 10,381 acres in southeast Tippecanoe County after seven years of communication with property owners.