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Indiana county OKs project for 80 wind turbines

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A northeastern Indiana county has approved a wind energy company's plans to erect about 80 power-generating wind turbines in the county.

Members of the Wells County Area Plan Commission voted 6-4 early Friday to endorse Apex Wind Energy Inc.'s development plans.

The News-Banner of Bluffton reported that the marathon meeting at Southern Wells Junior/Senior High School began about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and ran past 1 a.m. Friday.

Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex plans to install the wind turbines in southern Wells County, about 100 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Eight people who oppose the project addressed the commission, airing concerns that included the impact that setbacks for the turbines will have on future use of the land.

The wind farm's supporters extolled the economic benefits the project would bring to the county and its residents.

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  • Wind is part of the mix!!
    For those of you still not in the know: Wind Energy is in the mainstream now and belongs as a part of our national energy mix (yes, Solar does have a ways to go). Wind Energy PPA's are now being signed at as low as $30 to $40/MW-Hour, and when the economy rebounds and Natural Gas prices are back above about $6/MMBTU (which is half of where NG was priced just 5 to 6 years ago), then wind can still compete without any tax incentives. All the politics and "green arguments" aside, we would be a careless nation to not take advantage of the abundant wind energy resources we have across this country, and the industry has truly matured to the point where it only needs a few more years of either Federal tax credit incentives -or- to be made a minority element of a sensible "all the above" National Energy Policy, which we all need to demand that Washington get done! (i.e. having about 10% to 15% of our nation's power come from proven and affordable sources of renewable energy just makes sense ... don't let this sensible position be lost in the polarized political debate!).
  • Gram14...
    WHAT?!?! are you insane? You think we have been "blessed" with our current energy policy? We send young men and women off to die in the name of your gas driven lifestyle. We base a world economy on subsidized fuel prices. You call that blessed? I call it scary and a sign that things need to change.
  • Wind turbines are the future
    We need them badly. They save the environment and are a much cleaner and safer way to produce energy.

    China has thousands upon thousands of them--they are the future.
  • Our Tax Dollars at Work
    Another example of our precious tax dollars at work, funding inefficiencies that help absolve the guilt of liberals who just cannot understand why we have been so blessed with inexpensive, abundant energy sources for all these years. Does anyone really think our country would have become great using windmills and solar panels?

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