Anyone driving on Interstate 65 (I-65) north towards Chicago through Indiana can’t help but notice the plethora windmills lining the terrain north of Lafayette, IN. If you are driving at speed limit, you are easily surrounded by a sea of windmills for about 30 minutes, at least.
On my last trip to Chicago this week, I could not help but to try to estimate the total number of protruding windmills across the plains of north central Indiana. Yet my best guess was no where close to the actual number of turbines in current operation. According to wikipideia.com (and my calculations) there are about 864 wind turbines between the Benton County Wind Farm and Fowler Ridge Wind Farm lining I-65. Consequently, Indiana is home to the largest wind farm complex in the Midwest.
There is much contention on whether the turbines are a benefit or cost to the rural communities of north central Indiana. The Indiana Law Blog provides a good summary of both positions: pro and con for the wind turbines. However, it appears that the plans for turbines are not ceasing. The Indiana Law Blog reports that and plans for more commercial turbines are in the works. So, as long as environmentally conscious opportunist entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs continue to see value in north central Indiana, it will likely remain home to the largest complex of Wind Farms in the Midwest.