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 of the citizens of Tipton County. 
Tipton Citizens for Responsible Development, inc. is focused on ensuring that wind development in Tipton County Indiana is done without harm to homeowners and supports the interests of homeowners living with existing wind farms.
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Another WildCat Blade Failure April 2 - EON and the Commissioners Fail to Protect the Community During Investigation. The turbine is located just east of 500 East and north of Highway 28 in Tipton County. 

WildCat I Blade Failure February, 2014

I find it interesting that after the recent wind turbine blade failure in Tipton, Eon Spokesman, Elon Hasson was quoted in Kokomo Tribune as “such failures are rare” and GE issued statement included, “Blade breaks in wind turbines are rare”.
It is odd that what wind industry continues to call rare seems to happen with awful regularity. As I write this, just hours ago in Pennsylvania, another blade snapped in half at the EverPower owned turbine farm near Dunlo in Adams Township.
A quick search of news articles show that 4 blade failures of GE1.6-100 model turbine occurred during 8 months. This does not include the recent blade failure in Wildcat-I wind farm in Tipton and there probably are more that I did not find.
March 11 2013: A blade broke in half at DTE's Thumb Wind Park in March.
Nov 7, 2013: A blade snapped in half and fell to the ground at DTE Energy’s 112MW Echo project in Michigan while a newly installed turbine was being commissioned.
Nov 17, 2013: A blade sheared off on the 5th day of commissioning of “turbine 34” at Invenergy’ s 94MW Orangeville wind farm in New York State.
Nov 20, 2013: A broken blade at Invenergy’s California Ridge project in Illinois, which was commissioned in 2012, was linked to extreme weather.
Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development has always cited reputable studies when discussing the reliability of wind turbines. According to “Permitting Setbacks for Wind Turbines in California and the Blade Throw Hazard” by Scott Larwood of California Wind Energy Collaborative University of California, Davis:
“The available documentation shows blade failure probability in the 1-in-100 to 1-in-1000 per turbine per year range. There is no indication of improvement of this statistic with new technology.”
Another study, Reliability performance and maintenance - A survey of failures in wind power systems Master Thesis by Johan Ribrant that reviewed actual failure data from wind turbines in Sweden, Finland and Germany concluded even a higher blade failure rate.
The blade failure in Tipton matches these studies. We have 1 blade failure in 125 turbines in approximately one year. Data does not lie.

Imran Malik

Property Values Concerns and Evidence
1. Property Values Introduction
2. Wind Turbine Impact on Property Values: An Analysis and Rebuttal to the juwi Proposal (CRD)
3. Wind Farms, Residential Property Values, and Rubber Rulers (Wilson)
4. Albert Wilson Professional Profile
5. Case Studies: Melancthon & Clear Creek Wind Turbine Analyses
6. DeKalb Value Impact Slides Summary 2012 (McCann)
7. McCann Consulting Report Green River
8. Wind Turbines & Property Value (Kielisch)
9. Impact of Wind Farms on Property Values 2012 (Sunak)

Mark Your Calendars...
Tipton County CRD Meetings:

April 15 -  7:00 at the Sharpsville Gym, the corner of Brown and W. Walnut St., Sharpsville.

See the Tipton County Web site

April 17 - Plan Commission April 21 
7:00 pm at the Courthouse 1st floor Conference Room

April 21 - Tipton County Board of Commissioners
9 am Courthouse Second Floor Meeting Room

April 22 - Howard County Council      4pm in Room 338, 220 N Main St. Kokomo (Kay Bank Building). Rescind the tax abatement.

April 28 - County BZA
7:00 PM at the Courthouse 1st Floor Conference Room


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Treasurer: Michelle McNabb     
Directors: John West, Paige Hoover, Jeff Thomas

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​Blade Failure Feb 1. 
Near 650 N and 725 E
Photo from Wildcat I 
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Ordinance Changes Approved by the Plan Commission - Feb. 20

Commissioner Phil Heron introduced changes in the ordinance proposed by the Plan Commission that reduced protections for sound and setbacks. Heron gutted the sound protections that would ensure that turbine noise could not be louder than ambient noise and failed to consult with a sound expert as he promised. Heron also failed to protect all county residences by requiring a minimum setback even if they sign a waiver. This means leaseholders would need to have in their own contract provisions to protect themselves or they have no protection. Heron has let down his own constituents. We urge leaseholders to review their leases.

See the approved ordinance here
Blade Failure April 2 East of 500 East and north of Highway 28 in Tipton County