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Debate Over Wind Energy in Posey County Continues

The debate over wind energy in Posey County continues.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 10:56 AM

Posey County residents remain divided over proposed plans to build wind turbines in the area.

One Posey County resident says the Posey County Commissioners' top priority should be protecting the Tri-State's Doppler Radar.

"In 2017 we had a tornado that came through Posey County," said Sarah Newton, Posey County resident. "The thought of losing that advance warning, or losing our doppler during severe weather that is just unreal to me."

Chicago-based RWE Renewables Americas is an energy company that has provided the Posey County Commissioners plans to sub-lease property in the area with the goal of bringing wind turbine energy to southern Indiana.

"I just want to make sure that the project is safe, and I want to make sure that the people not only in our community are safe, but the surrounding communities are safe," Newton explained. "Having wind turbines in Gibson or Posey County can really cause a threat to our Doppler Radar."

Even if the project is approved, it would still be a few years before the windmills would arrive in Posey and Gibson County. According to developers, between 74 and 144 windmills could be coming to the Tri-State.

"The commissioners are recommending that we include that no wind turbine be included in the in the no-build, mitigation or consolation zone so that will better protect our doppler," said Newton.

On Tuesday, Posey County Commissioners voted to hear more evidence on the proposed wind ordinance. The amendment would not allow RWE or any other energy company to place wind turbines within so many miles of the radar site, which is located in Owensville.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says if the rotating wind turbine blades are too close to the radar site, it could cause interference and damage the radar's receiver hardware - potentially sending meteorologists inaccurate information.

The conversation surrounding wind energy in Posey County will continue at the commission's next meeting in two weeks.

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