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On a drive through the midwest to Chicago I came upon a large number of windmills near Lafayette in Indiana.  I don't remember them from my trip last year, though I can't swear that I took the same route.  Nice to see them there in the midwest.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 06:58:43 PM EST
Those windmills in Indiana have aviation warning lights on their tops that flash at night in spookily synchronized fashion.
by asdf on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 11:53:28 PM EST
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Did you drive up US-52 to Chicago to avoid the traffic?  

There's a large wind farm in Benton county northwest of Lafayette, near the city of Fowler.

They've been there since the summer of 2008. I saw them on the way to Chicago for a conference in the spring of 2009.  Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is the fifth largest in the country.  

That area has a good wind resource, and the line to take the power out of state.

Indiana still lacks a feed in tariff or renewables mandate.  For the moment, this power is going out of state where those do exist.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 01:19:54 PM EST
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I just drive West on 26 from Fairmount to Lafayette then go north.  Sometimes I get bored and take off cross country through the backroads.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Thu Oct 21st, 2010 at 05:44:59 PM EST
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I always found that the 69-465-65 route was the easiest. A good 30 minutes quicker than going crosscountry on 26. Of course I always did about 80-85mph on the highway.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 08:45:42 AM EST
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I'll try it next year.  Are you still in "Middletown"?

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 12:45:25 PM EST
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I'm near Cincinnati at this point.  I do my PhD exams this week, and then I'm on to writing the dissertation.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Oct 23rd, 2010 at 04:23:16 PM EST
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Good luck, I was often in Cincinnati when I was a kid, my family came from Milan and my grandpa drove a truck into the city carrying milk from the farms to the creamery.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Mon Oct 25th, 2010 at 04:10:08 PM EST
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