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Documents show the company appears to have terminated contracts to build wind farm facilities as of Dec. 19 in two area counties. “It is with regret that we have made the difficult decision to conclude our pursuit of the Flat Rock Wind Project in Rush and Henry Counties in Indiana,” Apex development officials said in a statement.
Baker said it has become increasingly difficult over the last several years to maintain the Flat Rock Wind project timeline due to the lack of certainty regarding local government regulations. “The resulting delays, combined with capacity constraints on the electrical grid, have made it infeasible for us to continue our investment in the project,” Baker said.
Among the changes, amendments would limit construction of turbines on land zoned Industrial III; increase the setbacks from property lines; regulate the height, noise level, vibration, shadow flicker and glare from night lights of towers; and require bond amounts for site abandonment and the decommissioning of tower sites.
The agency also complains that Vectren didn’t seek competitive bids, which would have led to much lower costs. ...Vectren calculated the plant would need to earn 7 cents per kWh to break even. A more competitive process could drive the costs down to 4 to 5 cents per kWh.
RES stated in a media announcement Tuesday that it is no longer pursuing the project and that it will take action to accomplish the withdrawal immediately. “Technical circumstances for the project have changed unfavorably, making the project no longer feasible,” according to the statement.
“There are some threats out there that we would ingress to the target area and egress away from the target area at low altitude or be forced to see the weather,” Noel said. Any impact the formal review process finds the wind farm would have on the fighter wing would apply whether it is flying A-10s or the F-16s, he said.
Towns adopting ordinances with restrictions on wind farm development are making a mistake, said county attorney Dan Taylor. ...With the cases in Darlington and Alamo, both ordinances reach four miles beyond the town’s borders.
Commissioners said little concerning the Henry County Planning Commission’s “no recommendation” on the controversial Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance. But opponents said plenty.
A controversial proposed wind project in Miami County is on hold and could be dead after county commissioners Monday said a new wind ordinance requiring a 2,000-foot setback of turbines from property lines would take effect next week.
In the past two elections voters have shown, without a doubt, that they are opposed to having Industrial Turbines in Henry County. In counties all over Indiana, voters have expressed the same sentiments. In Henry County the votes, and will of the people, have been totally ignored. I believe that this is wrong.
The debate and disagreements over placing wind turbines in Cass County have turned family members against one another and neighbor against neighbor.
“No doubt,” Tarantino said as he accepted congratulatory hugs and handshakes after the results were announced. “No doubt about it, this was about the wind farm issue. It’s a shame it took all of this to get the message across. People had been trying to tell them for three years. People in this county don’t want wind turbines.”
I am a Fulton County landowner who had the opportunity to sign a lease for wind turbines and said, “No.” Quietly, at first, but with more conviction as time went on. Ultimately, it is up to your community and county officials to decide whether or not to host industrial wind turbines. No one can make that choice for you, but I want to share with you some of our experiences over the past 12 months with the same wind company planning a project in Pulaski and Jasper Counties.
It is with great frustration and disappointment that I sit back at my computer and draft this column.
You likely won’t see a wind farm sprouting in Allen County, but you probably will see more arrays of slowly revolving wind turbines springing up elsewhere in the state.
People have different opinions about what it's like to live near wind turbines, with some considering them a nuisance in a quiet rural landscape and others seeing them as a new source for income in agricultural areas with few other job opportunities .
Local couple argues county's wind ordinance violates the U.S., Indiana constitutions
Members of No Wind Farms Montgomery County, a group of concerned citizens battling the construction of wind farms, gave the town council a copy of the law and an ordinance to use as a foundation. The ordinance, which was approved by a 5-0 vote, focuses on “noise regulation of wind energy conversion systems.”
Because the size of the West Fork Wind project has changed, an office representing Indiana consumers is not ready to recommend that it be exempted from regulation by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
Several Pulaski County residents attended the Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals and Pulaski County Advisory Plan Commission meetings Monday night to voice opposition toward the development of wind turbines in the area.