Articles from Indiana

Wind farms whipping up opposition across rural Indiana

Private developers are in an aggressive push to double the number of Indiana's wind farms. But they must contend with neighbors, lawsuits and the fickle support of elected officials who once welcomed them and are now changing their minds. ...Kenney said the state won't push for wind-energy projects where they're not welcome.
6 Jul 2016

Brevini Wind division to close

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.
29 Jun 2016

Wind company responds to suit; Special judge named in case

The group of county landowners, who reside in those townships, are challenging the decommissioning agreement between Whitewater Wind LLC and the county commissioners based on their claims that the agreement did not adhere to the county’s zoning ordinance, specifically regarding financial assurance related to the decommissioning and removal of commercial wind turbines once they’ve reached their lifespan of roughly 30 years.
26 Jun 2016

Appeal of judge decision filed by Flat Rock Wind

Following the ruling by Decatur County Judge Bailey which supported Rush County BZA’s decision on the setbacks of wind turbine distance from non-participating landowners, APEX Clean Energy/Flatrock Wind Project had 30 days to file an appeal of that decision and last week they did just that.
25 Jun 2016

Wind farms whipping up opposition across rural Indiana

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.
9 Jun 2016

Area wind project dealt huge blow

“The Board of Zoning Appeals went through that massive hearing, reviewed the evidence and did a superb job of analyzing the information and making their decision,” Snyder said. “So I think from the standpoint of the (decision), Judge Bailey’s standpoint is very detailed and clearly shows the connection between the evidence that was presented and the 2,300-foot setback.” 
3 Jun 2016

County responds in wind farm suit

Among the concerns from some included the ambiguous language in the original decommissioning agreement and the length of time listed for the security bonds required to pay for the decommissioning of the wind turbines – which appeared to much for a much shorter period of time than the estimated lifespan of the wind farm project, which is required by Fayette County zoning code. 
13 May 2016

Text messages result in wind turbine decision delay

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!”
13 May 2016

Wind farm tax objections drafted

The first objection states that the real estate does not qualify as an ERA as defined by Indiana Code. “(Roberts) objects to any designation of the subject 21 square miles of real estate as described in the (county’s) preliminary resolution as an Economic Development Area. ...By law, an economic development area is supposed to be undesirable or impossible to develop for economic growth. The objection states that the area in question is “some of the most valuable and productive farmland in Henry County ....”
10 May 2016

Third wind farm proposed in Henry County

A third company is looking to Henry County for the development of a wind farm and an opposition group has already been formed. ...A request filed with the Henry County Planning Commission for the placement of a 328-foot meteorological tower to gather wind speed and directional data has been withdrawn indefinitely.
19 Apr 2016

Wind officials postpone addressing planning commission

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. 
15 Apr 2016

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