Articles from Indiana
The reasons for the extension request, Nextera’s attorney Mary Solada told council Tuesday night – in front of a packed council chambers – is due to the project still needing a purchaser for the power which the project would create, in addition to complications in Rush County which prevented Nextera from filing their zoning application until just recently.
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.
It already has begun, but in the coming weeks and months, the future of commercial energy-generating wind turbines in Wayne County will be heavily debated.
“Purdue is involved in trying to look at the genetics of these birds to figure out whether they are local birds that were born and hatched near the Altamont site, or whether they are birds from other parts of the country that are actually migratory,” said DeWoody. He said the numbers are alarming.
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.
With the debate over wind energy and wind farms still ongoing in Fayette, Rush and Henry counties, one area Economic Development Corporation has made the decision this week to no longer pursue future wind development.
The town council of this southwestern Henry County community is considering a request to officially oppose development of wind farms.
APEX Clean Energy, last week filed its appellant brief with the Indiana Court of Appeals contesting the May decision by Rush Superior Court Judge Matthew D. Bailey, which upheld the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals decision in 2015 to enact a 2,300-foot wind turbine setback from non-participating property lines.
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.
The biggest hurdle created by the ordinance was a 2,640-foot turbine setback requirement from residences, and 1,500-foot setback from all property lines. Tipton County Commissioner Joe VanBibber, who voted in favor of the new wind ordinance, said that requirement made it extremely difficult to build turbines anywhere in the county.
MIDDLETOWN — As wind farm developers seek to meet the U.S. Department of Energy's goal of 20 percent renewable energy production in Indiana by 2030, some residents in targeted areas are fighting back in inventive ways.
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.
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.
A total of 23 individuals signed up before the meeting as requested in order to speak. Of those who spoke, only eight said they were for wind farms.
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.
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.
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 standing-room only crowd of between 50 and 75 people crowded into the board room of the Clinton County Commissioners Monday night for a discussion involving the very controversial topic of wind farms.
The Henry County Planning Commission denied two requests from Apex Clean Energy to build towers in the southern part of the county to gather wind data. The meteorological towers, commonly called met towers, would have been placed in Spiceland and Dudley Township.