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Earlier this year, HCCC proposed an amendment to the Huntington County wind ordinance seeking that the turbines be set back at least 3,960 feet, or three-fourths of a mile, from homes. The Huntington County Plan Commission has recommended a 1,000-foot setback.
Culver's town council aimed for a compromise in regards to a much-debated ordinance governing specifics of WECS (Wind Energy Conversion Systems, popularly known as personal-use windmills or wind turbines) in Culver, at the council's Feb. 24 meeting.
A Florida energy company seeking to construct wind turbines in Fayette County will be in Connersville tonight to provide an update on and discuss obtaining zoning permits for the project.
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.
“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.”
“(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 ..."
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.
E.ON Climate & Renewables had until the last day of 2014 to start pouring concrete for the second phase of its Wildcat Wind Farm.
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.
Disrespectful; insulting, horrible; intimidating; uncalled for; disgusting; despicable. Those are a few adjectives reflecting the conduct of the Huntington County community development director and several of the Plan Commission members during their Nov. 12 public hearing on amendments to the county’s industrial wind turbine ordinance.
The work teams have been studying areas of the ordinance dealing with property values, decommissioning, noise and shadow flicker, and setback requirements. Darrell Cameron of rural Rankin chairs the Set-back work group. ‘’The set-back recommendation was 2,640 feet from the non-participating owner’s property line. And the group feels that will not stop any wind farm from being developed,’’ says Cameron. ‘’It will simply allow all area residents to participate.’’
A 750-mile interstate power line promises to deliver wind-generated electricity to Columbia at nearly half the price the city now pays. But the savings cannot be certain until the line is built and contracts are proposed.
Randolph County is luring agricultural industry that faced opposition in Delaware County: an ethanol refinery, industrialized hog farms and now a utility-scale wind farm.
“With the moratorium in place we can now come forward together, citizens and governing bodies, to amend the Howard County wind ordinance and begin the process of healing relationships and reaching out to those feeling shortchanged by the actions taken in the cancellation of this industrial wind turbine project.”
The Wildcat Wind Farm project survived six years of recession and remonstration, but last week it finally breathed its last. Faced with changing economic conditions and an unrelenting opposition that had expanded into political activism, the Howard County Commissioners terminated their agreement with e.On last week.
The agreement effectively ends the possibility of wind farm development in Howard County.
“As a result of many months of lengthy dialogue, negotiations and changes in market conditions, tonight we are announcing that we are terminating the economic development agreement with E.ON regarding Wildcat Wind Farm phases II and III,” Commission President Paul Wyman said to a roar of applause among the packed board room.
A Uniontown attorney has warned Fayette County it may have to pay to tear down as many as 18 wind turbines as a result of a decision in Commonwealth Court that raises concerns they are too close to neighboring properties in Springhill and Georges townships.
The wind died considerably in the northwestern portion of Tipton County last week, leaving the perfect break in the weather for remonstrators of wind farm development in the county to celebrate.
After months of contention surrounding further wind farm development, juwi Wind has decided to cut its losses and part ways with Tipton County.