Public encouraged to attend meeting, Rules for wind power likely to be discussed

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

(The following was published in The Rochester Sentinel of Rochester, IN on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.)

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Production difficulties prevented this letter to the editor from appearing in Friday’s edition of The Sentinel.

 

The Fulton County Commissioners meet 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at the Fulton County Office Building. At this time, the agenda has not been published; however, it is assumed that near the end of the meeting the audience will be allowed to ask questions and comment about wind energy ordinance amendments that are being considered. I urge residents to attend to become better informed.

 

Wind ordinance and wind farms are a complicated topic and frequently a controversial topic. This was evident last week at our Statehouse when a hearing on the topic was held and as reported in this paper and other media. Many resources on the topic will be found on www.myusagovernment. org and by doing your own research by searching “wind power problems” online.

 

The following Indiana counties have either banned or declared a moratorium on wind farms: Allen, Boone, Delaware, Grant,Howard, Marshall and Wells. Also, the additional counties have established residential setbacks, as noted, that will help to insure residents’ health, safety and welfare: Noble (3,960’), Rush (2,300’), Tipton (increased to 2,640’ after first project), Wabash (2,640’) and Whitley (2,640’).

 

The Fulton County Area Plan Commission has recommended to commissioners a residential setback of 2x the height of the tower, with a tower being 600’. Thus, a setback of 1,200’ has been recommended.

 

Hope to see you Monday night.

 

Russell Phillips

The Incompatibility of Wind and Crop ‘Farming’

“I kind of look at it like it’s almost a form of farming.” – Terry Lee, FEDCO Dir. (RS, 4/17/17)
Farming – the activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock (Dictionary)

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

“…For years, politicians and urban/suburbanites have been treated to heaping doses of win-win business tales of family farmers leasing sections of their crop land for wind development, while working the soil right up to the towers and earning extra revenue to keep the land open. But like so much Big Wind hype, there’s an ugly reality that has gone untold…” (more)

Wind rules pend; Public meeting is commissioners’ first priority

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

“As promised, Fulton County Commissioners on Monday took no action on proposed amendments to the county’s wind ordinance.

 

Amendments to the ordinance were approved by the Fulton County Area Plan Commission on Sept. 25. Commissioners have 90 days to approve, reject or modify them.

 

County Commission President Bryan Lewis confirmed no action would be taken until after a public meeting, which has yet to be set…” (more)

Residents file wind farm complaints

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

(A number of residents depend on “line of sight” to receive an internet connection. How might a wind farm affect their internet connection?)

“Residents blamed the Wildcat Wind Farm for creating noise, light flicker and cellphone and television reception issues in a stack of complaints delivered to the Tipton County Plan Commission…Steve Edson, Tipton County plan director, said he did accept the complaints but is not accepting responsibility for resolving the conflict…” (more)

Gone with the Wind: Valuing the Visual Impacts of Wind turbines through House Prices

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

“…The overall finding is that operational wind farm developments reduce prices in locations where the turbines are visible, relative to where they are not visible, and that the effects are causal. This price reduction is around 5-6% on average for housing with a visible wind farm within 2km, falling to under 2% between 2-4km, and to near zero between 8-14km, which is at the limit of likely visibility…”(more)

Wind rules advance (for Fulton County)

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

(The following was published in The Rochester Sentinel of Rochester, Indiana on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.)

The review process for proposed amendments to the county’s wind ordinance is now in the hands of Fulton County Commissioners…(more)

Blinking red lights throughout night are annoying and unnecessary on industrial wind towers

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

The Obstacle Collision Avoidance System (OCAS) is designed to alert pilots if their aircraft is in immediate danger of flying into an obstacle. OCAS uses a low power ground based radar to provide detection and tracking of an aircraft’s proximity to an obstacle such as a wind turbine. This capability allows the visual warning lights to remain passive until an aircraft is detected and known to be tracking on an unsafe heading. This leaves the nighttime sky free of unnecessary light pollution thus decreasing public annoyance issues while improving the environmental habitat. (OCAS video) (light pollution video)

Health Effects Related to Wind Turbine Noise Exposure: A Systematic Review

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

This comprehensive review of the literature was published Dec. 4, 2014. The following is part of the “Conclusion” with the entire article here.

“At present it seems reasonable to conclude that noise from wind turbines increases the risk of annoyance and disturbed sleep in exposed subjects in a dose-response relationship. There seems to be a tolerable limit of around LAeq of 35 dB. Logically, accepting higher limits in legislations [sic] may lead to increased numbers of annoyed subjects. It therefore seems reasonable to conclude that a cautious approach is needed when planning future wind farms. Furthermore, there is an indication that noise annoyance and sleep disturbance are related and that disturbed sleep potentially can lead to adverse health effects…”