Indiana Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) says wind farm issue not assigned to its own study committee; What now?

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   July 21, 2013  /   Posted in 2013 Indiana General Assembly, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC)  /   No Comments
Although there will not be a separate and independent summer or interim study committee on wind farms, it is still possible for this topic to be assigned to the Regulatory Flexibility Committee. Visit this link to see which state legislators are a member of this important committee. The first meeting of the Regulatory Flexibility Committee will be as follows:

The first meeting of the Regulatory Flexibility Committee will be held on
September 4, 2013. The meeting will convene at 10:00 A.M. in Senate Chamber of
the State House, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) will present its annual reports
on the natural gas, electricity, communications, and water/wastewater industries.
The IURC's report on the communications industry will include a summary of data
concerning video service franchise fees collected and spent by local units in 2012,
as required by HEA 1280-2012. The IURC will also present a summary of water
resource data provided by Indiana water utilities for the 2012 calendar year, as
required by SEA 132-2012.
The meeting will also include the annual report on renewable energy resources by
the State Utility Forecasting Group, along with a preview of the 2013 state
electricity forecast.
(The meeting will be broadcast over the Internet for those unable to attend. Please
visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/2441.htm and select the video stream for the
appropriate room from the drop down list to watch the Webcast.)

7/20/2013 11:15:00 AM


State unlikely to conduct study of wind farms

Ken de la Bastide, Kokomo Tribune Enterprise Editor

Indianapolis - It’s unlikely that a state study of wind farms will be taking place this year as the summer study committee season draws to a close.

During the session of the Indiana General Assembly Sen. Jim Buck authored a resolution that was adopted by both chambers of the legislature to conduct a study of the benefits and consequences of industrial wind farms.

Buck said Thursday that a wind farm summer study was not assigned to its own committee.

The final decision rested with Republican Brian Bosma, speaker of the Indiana House, David Long, president of the Senate, and Democrats Scott Pelath, minority leader in the House, and Tim Lanane, minority leader in the Senate, to appoint lawmakers to a separate summer study committee.

“I’ve not heard if any committee is picking it up or not,” Buck said. “Since there was no specific legislation attached to the study, it was not given its own committee.”

Buck said there were more than 200 different requests for summer study committees passed by the legislature.

“I wouldn’t bet on it,” Buck said when asked if he believed the wind farm issue will be addressed. “The study committees don’t have a lot of allotted time.”

Buck said four of the five counties included in his Senate district are considered prime areas for wind farm development.

“Local government is looking into it,” he said. “This is an issue that won’t go away. The administration [of President Barrack Obama] is pushing wind and solar energy development.”

The Wildcat Wind Farm in eastern Tipton County, developed by E.ON Climate & Renewables, is in operation. E.ON intends to expand the project into eastern Howard County either this year or the next. A second proposed wind farm in northwestern Tipton County being developed by juwi Wind has received approval of a conditional use permit with the requirement the turbines are located 1,500 feet from the nearest property line and there is a property value guarantee developed.

“The study committee will determine whether the state should implement some regulations,” Buck said in April. “The intent is to determine if there is so much of a necessity that the [Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission] wants us to do something.”

Buck said there is a lot of information about wind farms that is a mixture of fact and fiction.

“The study committee will gather information and listen to expert testimony pro and con concerning wind farms,” he said.

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• Howard County implements moratorium on future wind farm developments
• Wind energy momentum winds down in, around Tippecanoe County
• Howard County mulls wind ordinance changes
• Tipton County to consider wind farm moratorium

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