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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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    1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

    2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

    3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

    4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

    5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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