Tri-Staters speak out against E.ON’s windmill plan

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GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) —  Several residents in Gibson County and Posey County have already spoken out against E.ON’s plan, saying the turbines would be too close for comfort. Now, they’re pointing out another issue that would affect everyone in the Tri-State. 

Residents from both Gibson County and Posey County addressed the Gibson County Commissioners. Their concern, was once again with E.ON and their proposed windmill plan. Residents claim the location of the windmills would interfere with Gibson County’s doppler radar system. Residents said it is the only system capable of monitoring tornado formation in the low level area. 

One resident led a detailed presentation with opinions from the same experts E.ON consults with when they plan a project. She said, even E.ON’s own energy experts said there isn’t any technology they could use to prevent the windmill’s from potentially masking a deadly tornado.

“It can cause interference to multiple scan levels and so if you have something that is going through a couple different scan levels, they’re not going to see those low level rotations that are indicative of tornado formation. So our sister radars aren’t going to be able to look into the Owensville area, the Evansville area, the Tri-State area,” said Posey County Resident Sarah Newton. 

During her presentation, Newton informed the commissioners there is currently no federal law to protect the counties and the only way to prevent the windmills from interfering with the doppler system is to enact a zoning ordinance. Commissioner Bottoms said for that to happen, zoning would need to be brought up again in another meeting. 

Residents say E.ON first said the windmills would be roughly 470 feet. Now, residents say the actual height would be 591 feet, making the windmills the largest in the state of Indiana. 

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(This story was originally published on July 16, 2019)

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