Scientist: Midwesterners open to wind farms
"The opposition appeared to come from people who worked in Indianapolis but lived in rural parts of the county. They wanted to preserve their landscape," Prokopy said. "They were in the minority, but they were very vocal and, thus, influential in terms of local government."
In Tippecanoe County, Prokopy and Mulvaney said the government was supportive, but there was also a strong vocal minority.
"The opposition in Tippecanoe County was focused on setbacks, noise regulations and other rules," Prokopy said. "It was focused on making sure people were protected."
Prokopy said the data suggest the Midwest could be more receptive to wind farm technology, especially in more rural areas that lack other development.
"It certainly shows that many of the concerns that have kept wind farms from developing on the coasts aren't issues here in the Midwest," Prokopy said.
The Purdue College of Agriculture funded the studies.