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The Henry County courtroom filled with cheers and applause Thursday evening after the Board of Zoning Appeals voted down an appeal from Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC.
More wind farms are planned for Indiana, a state already ranked high in the U.S. for wind generated power. Additional wind farms in the state appear likely with at least one utility planning to totally eliminate power generated by coal.
Many are aware that one of the world’s largest wind energy developers, E.ON, has proposed building large industrial wind farms in both Gibson and Posey counties. This development has been met with great resistance in both counties due to their close proximity to the Doppler Radar station in nearby Owensville.
Clinton County commissioners upheld a moratorium against wind turbines Sept. 16, continuing its ban on wind farms. The moratorium has been in place since February 2017.
It’s been just about two months since the Henry County Planning Commission did not approve a wind farm request. Thursday, the planning commission members made it official: they have denied a request from Big Blue River Wind Farm.
A 3-0 vote Monday morning will keep a moratorium in place. First placed in 2017, it bans wind farms from being built in Clinton County. "I'm sure there are plenty of folks that are frustrated and disappointed, but at the end of the day we felt like this was the best decision for our county," said Clinton County Commissioner Joshua Uitts.
Clinton County commissioners stood firm Monday on a moratorium against wind turbines, continuing the county’s ban on wind farms despite a Chicago company's push to change their minds. The decision came during a meeting at the Frankfort Community Public Library, with a large crowd of those in favor and against the potential placement of wind turbines in the northeast part of the county by E.ON, a Chicago-based renewable energy company.
Researchers and professionals attempted to dismiss common fears of adverse effects turbines are believed to have on health, environment and the economy. But resident Dean Huddleston says he wasn’t persuaded.
There are wind farms in some communities in Indiana, and other communities that don’t allow them. Proposed wind projects are often controversial and that is the case in Clinton County where the company E.ON is now taking the step of a community event to discuss health, sound, environmental, and economic impacts that their wind operation would bring to the area.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – When clouds turn dark and storm sirens blare, Doppler radar keeps spinning. It tells meteorologists what’s happening in the center of severe storms.
A proposed wind farm in Henry County won’t be built. The Henry County Planning Commission voted Tuesday night on the controversial proposal that would have added a Big Blue Ribbon Wind Farm to the area.
POSEY CO., Ind. - A community is divided over a proposed wind turbine farm coming to the area.
Commissioner John Frey says that’s because county residents don’t want wind energy, a position reflected in the comprehensive plan. “We’re going to be just fine without wind energy,” Frey says. Erin Baker ...says this ordinance does put a stop to their plans. “Not only is this disappointing, but it does have an air of finality to it,” she says.
According to the application, the proposed Big Blue River Wind Farm project will be “a wind-powered electric generation facility” with elements in Fall Creek, Jefferson, Prairie, Henry, Harrison and Greensboro Townships. The proposed project will include up to 38 wind turbines and “associate necessary project infrastructure,” which includes access roads, collections lines, performance towers and a substation.
Now the plan commission will revisit the proposed zoning ordinance when they meet again May 29. Last month’s meeting included a public hearing on the proposal with a majority of push-back against zoning, wind farm development or both. Before commissioners can consider anything, the plan commission must “sign off” on some kind of proposal, Taylor said. Five votes are needed to pass out of the commission and go to commissioners.
As protests mounted Monday about the message being sent to the rest of Indiana and world about Tippecanoe County’s commitment to green energy, the biggest turbines and commercial wind farms were banned from rural land around Lafayette and West Lafayette.
Utilities in several states are attempting to run a con game on their respective states’ utility commissions and ratepayers. How? By claiming that their plans for prematurely shuttering existing, reliable, relatively inexpensive coal power plants and replacing them with expensive, intermittent renewable power sources will save ratepayers money “in the long run.” Meanwhile, they ask for an immediate increase in electric rates to pay for the transition.
Wind farms in Tippecanoe County took a blow Wednesday, as planners from across Greater Lafayette recommended an ordinance that would effectively ban commercial turbines. The vote came after a half-dozen people derided the idea, saying that banning wind farms would make Tippecanoe County appear backward at a time when energy sustainability is vital.
As the debate about wind power continues in West Central Indiana, proposed legislation could limit small towns’ ability to regulate turbine construction near their community. A bill reducing extraterritorial powers goes to the House Committee on Government Reduction for a vote Tuesday.
Wind energy is a growing industry in Indiana, but not every community is receptive to the development. Tippecanoe County is working on a proposal to ban wind farms, and Montgomery County is in the midst of an intense debate over two proposed farms. No matter who you ask, wind turbines are a touchy subject in Montgomery County.