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The bill, hotly debated throughout the session, would have created some statewide regulations for wind and solar projects and provided some financial incentives from developers for counties that choose to give a green light to such projects. But tough opposition from representatives of local governments, as well as grassroots citizen groups, kept pushing the local control alarm that ultimately may have led to the bill’s demise.
A bill clearing the path for renewable energy in Indiana at the request of the businesses community has split both major parties and pitted local counties against the bill’s erosion of “home rule.” The bill sets standards for siting solar and wind farms but allows counties to permit and review the process. However, if a county denies a company that meets these standards, a company can appeal to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
Mines in the Upper Midwest, like the Knight Hawk mine in southern Illinois, produce fuel that powers much of the region's electricity production. That could change as coal plants retire and new wind and solar facilities come online.
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.
From Sulphur Springs east to Mount Summit and Mooreland as well as other small towns throughout the county, wheels are turning to ensure future wind turbines won’t be. Tuesday night, patrons again spoke out against proposed wind turbines at the Sulphur Springs Town Board meeting.
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 reasons cited for banning it outright included the safety and welfare of the community, flicker issues, and questions about the county’s ability to provide fire protection to the structures. Those were many of the same concerns raised by the 17 audience members who spoke during the hearing.
The debate and disagreements over placing wind turbines in Cass County have turned family members against one another and neighbor against neighbor.
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.
"Too often I see county governments be enticed by the thought of additional tax revenue without raising taxes," Martis said Saturday. "But in truth, placing turbines in just a few townships for countywide revenue enhancements is actually a decision to tax those few townships with the loss of amenity at home and quality of life without compensation."
Regulations in Cass County fall short of ones an advocate of wind turbine zoning says are necessary for health, safety and welfare.
The Henry County Commissioners continued the process of reviewing the county’s Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance during a specially-called meeting Thursday night at the W.G. Smith Building in Memorial Park. It was the third such meeting held in recent weeks.
As a Tipton County property owner, I did extensive research on the possible effects of having Industrial Wind Turbines. Our county was the first to attempt to have the turbines located close to residential homes and communities. Recently, I read Wind Watch online regarding Fulton, Miami, and Cass counties being interested in having a windfarm. I would like to pass along some findings of over 1,000 hours of research regarding this situation.
Over 330 packed the Fulton Community Center Thursday night to hear from supporters and opponents of a proposed wind farm project along with government officials and those hired to assist with the endeavor.
This page contains three (3) separate letters submitted to the paper describing individual experiences with the operating wind turbines in the community
Concerns are growing about potential ethics violations by wind companies and some county officials who approve their projects. Thursday, a bill designed to address those issues is gaining support from state representative Heath VanNatter, the House’s vice chair for the Utilities and Energy Committee.
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.
The people of eastern Howard County have argued long and loudly against the advent of a wind farm within their community. Their efforts, to this point, have been in vain. So, a group of them approached the nearby town of Converse, hoping to escape the county’s jurisdiction.
Audience member Hank Bilsland, a Culver resident and one of the most vocal opponents of wind turbines at the council meeting, said there was "a lot of resistance" to the 140-foot tower height allowed in the plan commission's proposed ordinance. Bilsland distributed wind turbine photos to commission members. He also suggested solar energy systems were a more beneficial alternative to wind energy.
A wind turbine in Fowler catches fire in Benton County Friday morning. Witnesses report seeing the turbine shooting flames and sparks from its motor.