POWER Coalition

Moves to Block Cass-Miami-Jasper-Pulaski Wind Projects

Our Purpose

A diverse group of organizations has joined forces to oppose the Renewable Energy Systems (RES-Americas) Harvest Wind and White Post wind turbine projects, which are proposed for the Northern Indiana counties of Cass, Miami, Pulaski and Jasper.

The mission of the POWER Coalition (Protecting Our land, Water, Environment, and Rights) is to highlight the broad opposition to the current proposal by RES to site up to 558, approximately 660+ foot tall (3.6-4.2MW) industrial wind turbines in Miami, Cass, Fulton, Jasper and Pulaski Counties (according to aeronautical studies filed by RES with the FAA).

Our Members

POWER Coalition members include:

  • Northeast Indiana Base Community Council in support of Indiana Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing

  • Indiana Agricultural Aviation Association (IAAA)

  • Marine Riders North Central Indiana

  • Jim Wiegand, wildlife biologist

  • Merrill Morey, M.D.

  • Dr. Steve Jennings

  • Dr. Kathleen Oldfather, DVM

  • John Droz, Jr., physicist and founder of AWED (Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions)

  • Save the Eagles International

  • Hoosier Whitetail Hunting Success and Management

  • Indiana Flying Farmers

  • International Flying Farmers

  • Gutwein Hallmark Airport, Culp Airport, Plummer Airport

  • Miami, Cass, Pulaski, Jasper and Fulton County Property Rights citizens groups

  • Indiana Wind Watch

  • Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC)

  • Coalition for Rural Property Rights

  • Gregg Hubner, real estate appraiser and author of Paradise Destroyed: The Destruction of Rural Living by the Wind Energy Scam

Our Reasons

Each member organization opposes this project based on one or more of the following concerns:

  • The uncompensated taking of land as easements constitutes the taking of non-participants’ property and rights. Setbacks for industrial wind turbines should always be measured to property lines, never to the foundation of a home.

  • The “unsafe zone” around industrial wind turbines will trespass onto non-participant neighbors’ properties and place homes in this unsafe zone. Current setbacks to homes are 1,000 feet in county ordinances. The unsafe zone around a wind turbine is, at minimum, 1,640 feet for a 408 foot wind turbine.

  • Increased noise levels for residents and the high possibility of chronic sleep loss, headaches, tinnitus, vertigo and other negative health impacts for children, families, and the elderly. Many residents will experience shadow flicker in their homes and on their property. Children and adults with autism and sensory processing disorders are especially vulnerable.

  • Studies show wind projects negatively impact neighboring non-participants’ property values.

  • The project area in Cass, Miami, Pulaski, Jasper and Fulton is the Indiana Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing’s primary military operations area (since 1950). Obstructions should not be permitted in this area as the loss of this practice area will drive them from their primary practice air space which can result result in the loss of jobs in northern Indiana if the base is compromised. The installation of industrial wind turbines may also interfere with operations at the Grissom Air Reserve Base, potentially jeopardizing the future of the base in the next round of base closures.

  • The safety of private pilots and agricultural aviators will be compromised.

  • Obstructions can make rescue helicopter teams’ work reaching accident victims more dangerous.

  • The project will have a negative impact on large populations of birds and bats including our growing American bald eagle population, endangered whooping crane, sandhill crane, barn owl, endangered Indiana bat and threatened northern long-eared bat.

  • Wind turbine fires can ignite grass and field fires with the potential to spread to homes. Firefighters cannot reach a fire 50-60 stories in the air.

  • Wind turbines will visually degrade the land and even after decommissioning, large amounts of concrete and rebar will be left in the soil.

  • The project will fragment habitats and disrupt hunting and fishing opportunities as sound, flicker and infrasound reportedly drive away wildlife.

  • Studies are being conducted in Chatham-Kent, Ontario in RES project areas where vibrations caused by wind tower construction near homes likely damaged wells and dangerous sediments were found in water sources. Access to clean, safe, drinkable water for families cannot be compromised.

It is the position of all POWER Coalition members that renewable energy is important, but no energy project should ever be free of assessing and balancing ALL its impacts on other vital aspects of our environment, economy and quality of life.

The POWER Coalition acknowledges the importance of standards for the proper siting of these projects based on eliminating or significantly mitigating the negative aspects any project might present. The POWER Coalition believes that the RES-Americas Harvest Wind and White Post projects fail to meet these standards and should be rejected by Commissioners and officials ruling on the project.