In April, Madison County, Ind., commissioners adopted an ordinance amending the County’s Land Use and Development Code with regulations for the development of wind farms. The ordinance sets standards for such issues as setbacks, height, access and safety. Tax issues also were addressed.
There are no wind farms currently built or planned in Madison County. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Indiana ranks 21st among states in terms of wind power growth in 2008. The state added its first utility scale project last year.
Madison County officials want to be prepared. So far, county talks have revolved around the plans of one company, the Louisville, Ky.-based E.On U.S., which is interested in building a wind farm and is currently conducting a wind study to determine if wind speeds are suitable. The study will take two years.