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Wind farm wins county's OK

The Henry County Planning Commission has voted unanimously to grant Whitewater Wind's request for up to eight wind turbines in Dudley Township. About 50 people attended ...The next step for Whitewater Wind is to participate in similar meetings in Fayette and Rush counties, which are also included in the wind farm plans. The company is considering placing 77 wind turbines, including 43 in Fayette, 25 in Rush, and as many as eight in Henry County.
24 Jun 2015

US Wildlife looking at impact of accidental kills by wind farms

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
20 Jun 2015

Wells County wind turbine appeal denied by Indiana Court of Appeals

Special Judge Thomas Hakes of Huntington Circuit Court gave what was in essence a split decision. He said the six couples attempting to have the 6-3 vote of the Area Plan Commission “were not aggrieved” by the APC’s decision to allow Apex Wind Energy to place 68 wind turbines in Harrison, Chester, Nottingham, and Liberty townships. He also said, however, that the reciprocal setbacks provision violated the property rights of three of the six couples that are plaintiffs to the suit.
25 May 2015

DUNMOYER, JAMES E., ET AL. v. WELLS COUNTY, IN AREA PLAN CO.

05121501jsk_thumb The Wells County, Indiana Area Plan Commission approved a petition for the development of a large wind energy conversion system project that was filed by Wells County Wind II, LLC, Apex Clean Energy Holdings, LLC, and Apex Wind Energy, Inc. thereby allowing the construction of approximately 68 wind turbines on private property located in southern Wells County, Indiana. Adjacent landowners including James E. and Tamara L. Dunmoyer, Jr. and others filed with the trial court a two-count petition. In Count I, Landowners requested judicial review of the Zoning Decision, and in Count II they sought declaratory judgment on the setbacks supported by the county ordinance. The appellate county ruled that the county vote was not in error but found that the reciprocal setback provision of the ordinance was not legal. A portion of the ruling is presented below. The full ruling can be accessed at the links on this page.. 
12 May 2015

Letter: Don’t make the same mistake our county made

I made decisions based on what I thought the majority of the public favored. As it turned out, the “majority” didn’t perceive the development to be as “invasive” as it was. It wasn’t until the 500-foot towers went up that people saw how enormous and intrusive they were. The red blinking lights even disturb my own summer evenings and my home is 6 miles from the closest tower. I read that your county is on the brink of a wind farm development with the promise of “jobs,” and that your ordinance will supposedly protect you.
15 Apr 2015

Brevini to pay county $375K for jobs failure

The Brevini companies — which relocated their U.S. offices here from Illinois —never employed more than about 60 workers. The company is now paying the price for that job-creation failure: On Tuesday, the county commissioners and Brevini acknowledged to The Star Press that the company will pay the county $375,000 for failing to meet job-creation goals of hiring 200 workers by the end of 2014.
8 Apr 2015

County board rejects wind rules change

Darrell Cambron, also spoke out at the beginning of the meeting, saying the ordinances would not prevent other wind farms from locating in the county. “It will simply hold them accountable for safely placing turbines where they need to be,” he said.
28 Mar 2015

Wind farm ordinance back in commissioners’ hands

The Huntington County wind farm ordinance is now back in the hands of the county commissioners, after the Huntington County Plan Commission approved changes to the ordinance for a second time on Wednesday, March 11. Following an initial set of changes to Section 720 of the Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance by the Plan Commission, the commissioners decided in December to request additional changes.
18 Mar 2015

Wind farm ordinance back in commissioners’ hands

The Huntington County wind farm ordinance is now back in the hands of the county commissioners, after the Huntington County Plan Commission approved changes to the ordinance for a second time on Wednesday, March 11. Following an initial set of changes to Section 720 of the Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance by the Plan Commission, the commissioners decided in December to request additional changes.
17 Mar 2015

Tipton County Indiana Commissioner voted for "wind farms," now lives with regrets

The following letter was written by Jane Harper, Tipton County Indiana Commissioner from 2009-2012.  In addition to dedicating part of her life to public service, Jane is also a farmer.  She originally wrote this letter to warn the Howard County Indiana officials about the many pitfalls of wind energy development, but it's message is equally applicable to Huntington County as well. This letter was also read directly to the members of the Huntington County Plan Commission on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, by HCCC Attorney Steven Snyder.  Huntington County Commissioners Larry Buzzard and Rob Miller were also in attendance, and heard this letter read into the official record. 
15 Mar 2015

Ind. lawmakers OK bill to gut net metering rates

Indiana lawmakers yesterday passed legislation that would lower net metering rates and tax solar energy consumers, despite strong opposition from renewable energy advocates who claim the bill is designed to kill the state’s solar industry. The bill, approved by the Indiana state House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee, would reduce the amount utilities must pay to consumers for excess energy generated by residential solar systems.
20 Feb 2015

Attorney has experience in wind farm debate

“The information that’s available now compared to two years ago is significant. The effects of the low frequency sounds, whether it’s 1,000 feet away or a half mile away or sometimes even a mile away is much more significant than anyone thought because we don’t hear it, the brain feels it the brain reacts to it and usually it results in sleeplessness and can aggravate existing conditions.”
17 Feb 2015

Fight not over on wind farm

“(Citizens) feel that clean renewable energy that minimally impacts the environment and local residents can be positive for our communities and country. However, if local government is not prepared to deal with the many unknown issues associated with a wind project of this scale, caution and abundant due diligence should be exercised to prevent a fiasco ..."
15 Feb 2015

Expansion of Wildcat Wind Farm in Grant County won't happen

E.ON Climate & Renewables had until the last day of 2014 to start pouring concrete for the second phase of its Wildcat Wind Farm, which would have added wind turbines in western Grant County and neighboring Howard County. The deadline was part of the terms of the green-energy company’s economic development agreement with the commissioners.
1 Jan 2015

Changes ahead for wind ordinance

The Howard County Commissioners are set to consider changes to the county’s wind turbine ordinance. If adopted, it is very possible that an industrial wind farm never will be constructed here. The commissioners were expected to hear recommendations to change the ordinance at their Dec. 29 meeting. 
31 Dec 2014

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