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The Utility Committee seems to have heeded Huhn’s word. Senator Mark Messmer drafted what was referred to as Amendment Three, significantly changing the bill. This amendment grandfathers in counties that have more restrictions on renewable energy systems than the standards in the bill, like Henry County’s current wind energy conversion systems (WECS) ordinance. This amendment also reduces the noise limit a wind turbine can make to 50 db (it was higher in the original draft) and increases setbacks from municipalities and state parks to one mile. But most notably, the amendment does away with mentions of home rule, and changed the appeals process – instead of appealing to the IURC, complaints would be filed with the local circuit courts. This was done in an effort to keep more local control.
The Allen County commissioners Friday joined with those of more than 40 other Indiana counties in opposing a state bill regulating renewable energy. Commissioners said House Bill 1381, which would set standards for wind and solar installations, would place decisions about them at the state level instead of in the hands of local officials. The bill includes setback requirements, height restrictions and sound-level rules usually handled by local plan commissions and zoning boards and would replace a patchwork of local rules.
Lawmakers have proposed state guidelines for wind and solar farms — like how far they can be from neighboring property owners. Under a new state House bill, local governments wouldn’t be able to make ordinances stricter than those guidelines.
Indiana has a policy of home rule that grants counties, cites, and towns "all the powers that they need for the effective operation of government as to local affairs." (IC 36-1-3-2) ... Wind companies are doing an end-around, quietly hoping you don't notice. HB 1381 would remove the home rule. The bill has not become law yet, but we need to shine the light on this insidious power grab. Learn how you can help.
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.
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.
Boots introduced the bill after elected officials from Darlington and Alamo adopted ordinances regulating wind farms in an effort to eliminate its development.
With debates raging throughout Fayette, Rush and Henry counties regarding slated wind farm projects in the area, a state representative is pushing for legislation which would give residents more of a voice concerning such issues.
Indiana’s electric cooperatives stand with the majority of Indiana’s congressional delegation in support of reasonable and responsible environmental regulation. Unfortunately, the President’s proposal is neither reasonable nor responsible.
The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals placement of conditions on the Prairie Breeze permit of a 1,500 foot setback from property lines and development of a property value guarantee ...could make future wind farm development in the county impossible, or difficult at best, he said.
"Indiana is more or less operating with a carrot as opposed to a stick compared with other states around us," Martin said. "Now that Indiana has a clean energy goal, it's going to incentivize projects to move forward, but we haven't seen any indication that we'll be going to a mandate, so it may not happen as quickly."
Nearly a hundred people attended the meeting, and no one raised their hand when asked who favored the current ordinance. About a dozen people spoke out, and many people brought binders of research and handouts. DeKalb County residents are against the ordinance and said it needs to be more restrictive. Their biggest issue is the regulation on "setback" distance from a property.
If the yardstick for judging SB 251 is whether it establishes an absolute mandate requiring utilities to buy a fixed percentage of wind power regardless of cost, then yes, the bill falls short. However, if you believe that energy reliability and affordability depend on developing a broad portfolio of energy options, then SB 251 meets that objective.
Senate Bill 251 sets the goal of getting 10 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. “It’s basically meaningless,” Kharbanda said. Four out of the five utilities operating in Indiana are believed to have already met the majority of the law’s goals or will soon after already-planned energy projects are completed.
If passed, the bill would make Indiana one of eight states with a voluntary standard, which Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda said would hurt the state's chances of attracting investment in renewables.
A participating company would have to demonstrate that it has a reasonable expectation of obtaining clean energy to meet the energy requirements of at least 10 percent of its customers by 2025. The bill's definition of clean energy includes clean coal.
MUNCIE -- Longtime plans to construct a wind farm in Randolph County have been put off, at least for now, because Indiana officials are so far unwilling to commit to more renewable energy across the state.
Hoosiers, get used to the sight. Indiana is in the middle of a wind power boom encouraged by liberal taxpayer subsidies at the federal level and plentiful wind resources and easy access to transmission lines at the state level.
Northwest Indiana may someday become a center of wind energy production, but without 100-meter tall turbines looming over houses. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman said Wednesday that the Indiana Office of Energy Development and state environment and natural resources officials are working to figure out how to site wind turbines in Indiana's portion of Lake Michigan.
This year, construction of about 300 megawatts of new wind power electricity -- mostly expansions of the Meadow Lake and Fowler Ridge wind farms in White and Benton counties -- has been approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. However, looking beyond 2010, the IURC has just one application for a wind farm under review.