EDITOR’S NOTE: Waterfront Park turbines are expected to generate $1.39 per day and therefore about $41.58 per month in electricity. The information was incorrect in this story.
The case against renewable fuel standard subsidies
Mark J. Perry
October 24, 2013 | Myrtle Beach Sun News
How did we reach the point where the government is promoting a dreadful fuel that gets worse fuel economy than gasoline or diesel, drives up food prices, damages car engines and has unintended environmental consequences?
The Renewable Fuel Standard has come to symbolize everything that is wrong with government-imposed mandates. It is causing more harm than good and should be scrapped.
For years, ethanol was promoted as a renewable, homegrown alternative to gasoline, a way to reduce tailpipe emissions and dependence on imported oil.
In 2007, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, Congress adopted the RFS, requiring refiners to blend 13.8 billion gallons of ethanol into gasoline by 2013 and up to 36 billion gallons Continue reading Read these two stories! Especially Ohio Senator Manning & Representative Boose..and all politicians!
We need your help tonight and tomorrow! Please call your Ohio Senator and urge support for the passage of House Bill 554. Without this legislation, the renewable energy mandates with annual compliance benchmarks will resume on January 1, 2017. We believe that the passage of House Bill 554 in the Senate will make it somewhat less likely that renewable energy legislation will be considered in the next General Assembly. Any new legislation could provide an opportunity for the wind industry and its advocates to attempt a rollback of the existing property line setbacks. An amendment to roll back the setbacks was made on the floor of the House today but it was defeated. The Cleveland Plain Dealer Continue reading Wind News – Urgent Call to Action
By Dan Gearino The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday December 6, 2016 5:31 PM
Renewable-energy requirements would become optional for the next three years under a bill passed Tuesday by the Ohio House.
House Bill 554, which is opposed by renewable-energy companies and environmental advocates, now heads to the Senate, where leaders expect a debate and possible vote Thursday, which would be the final day of the session.
Opponents are holding out hope that Gov. John Kasich will veto the Continue reading Ohio House OKs bill to weaken clean-energy standards
December 6, 2016
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Another year has come and gone and the fight against the Wind Turbines is far from over. As you know Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) was formed to help inform-educate people about Industrial Wind Turbines and their effects on communities and to protect the property rights of those affected. We retained a law firm to represent us in our case against the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and the wind developer.
The lawyer that we have is well versed in the energy field and we are quite blessed to have him on our side. His comments and objections, made over these last two years, to the OPSB have begun to have an impact on these proceedings. The OPSB is finally in the process of establishing rules for proper siting and any required waivers that are needed in order to violate the minimum set back that is established by law. We will see what impact this will have on this case in the near Continue reading Chalk up another year and the fight is still on!
Please call your Ohio Representative and Senator on Tuesday and express your SUPPORT for HB 554. Tell them to VOTE YES on that bill!!!!
Here are the phone numbers for Senator Manning 614-644-7613 and Representative Boose 614-466-9628.
A vote will take place in the House maybe today Dec. 6. The bill will Continue reading URGENT WIND UPDATE! ACTION NEEDED TODAY!
A Kansas farmer has filed a federal lawsuit to stop a new wind farm from operating out of concern for the endangered whooping crane.
After voting HB 554 out of the House Public Utilities Committee, the Ohio Senate committee continued its hearings on SB 230. While the media portrays the bills as changing the renewable mandates into goals, the mandates are actually still in place and must be met by 2020. Compliance would continue to escalate over time unless another intervention by the legislature takes place before 2020. The difference here is that the annual benchmarks in the original 2008 law become annual goals allowing for utilities to wait a bit to see where evolving technology or federal policy changes take them. The argument against annual benchmarks was put forward years ago but was unwisely rejected. Today we can look back and see how much more is known and what is happening with technology. Today’s Wind News includes reports of continuing new discoveries in technology and further research into the adverse impacts of wind.
There is a lot packed into this issue which we urge you to read. A summary is as follows: Continue reading Wind News – Bullies, Booms and Blowin’ Smoke
Eduardo Porter for The New York Times
ECONOMIC SCENE JULY 19, 2016
Output from wind farms, like this one near Berlin, can be unreliable. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times
Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation.
Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on additional renewable capacity.
Germany may also drop a timetable to end coal-fired generation, which still accounts for over 40 percent of its electricity, according to a report leakedl from the country’s environment ministry. Instead, the government will pay billions to keep coal generators in reserve, to provide emergency power at times when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.
The spectre of global warming and the political panic surrounding it has triggered a goldrush for renewable energy sources without an open discussion of the merits and drawbacks of each.
In The Wind Farm Scam Dr Etherington argues that in the case of wind power the latter far outweigh the former. Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global CO2 levels to a meaningful degree; what’s more wind power is by nature intermittent and cannot generate a steady output, necessitating back-up coal and gas power plants that significantly negate the saving of greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading The Wind Farm Scam – by Dr. John Etherington
By Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com
November 21, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After turkey and pie, state lawmakers will fill their plates for a lame-duck session with bills tackling abortion, renewable energy standards, puppy mills and more.
The final weeks of the two-year Ohio House session are often a mad sprint to finish business before a new General Assembly begins in January. In addition to tying up loose ends, legislators often use the Continue reading Ohio lawmakers prepare for packed lame duck session: See the issues up for discussion
Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values?
With more wind turbines and wind farms being placed on or near personal property, it’s an important question being asked by property owners, town officials and siting committees.
Now, we’re not talking about small windmills or DIY windmills. We’re talking about industrial wind turbines (as seen on right). The turbines found in wind farms are typically 400 feet tall from base to blade tip. That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty. And the spinning diameter of the blades is wide enough to comfortably fit a Boeing 747.
You’ve probably seen industrial wind turbines in farmers’ fields, on mountain ridges, or in windy valleys. Now imagine one or many of them in your backyard. For an increasing number of homeowners in the country, they’re seeing wind turbines fill their viewshed. And that raises a commonsense question: Do these large wind turbines impact property value? Continue reading Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values? A real world scenario…
By Kate Thurston
Rushville Republican Nov 18, 2016
Tension was high Wednesday night as NextEra took the stage to present their project, West Fork Wind Energy Center.
NextEra presented the project to the Board of Zoning Appeals in hopes the wind farm project would move forward.
After almost four hours, it was decided that the decision be tabled for 30 days.
Zach Melda, NextEra’s project manager, said the project would be spread throughout Fayette, Henry and Rush Counties. Rush County would be looking at about 22 turbines while Henry would have nine Continue reading The decision is…tabled..wind industry exaggeration and spin not so easily swallowed
Lisa Linowes – November 18, 2016
Editorial for Wind Action
After billions in public hand-outs spanning nearly four decades, big wind has never been able to stand on its own and there’s no reason to believe this will change. …If yanking the handouts causes the industry to flat line then so be it. The US has elected a businessman at the helm who understands what it means to cut your losses. It’s time we did exactly that!
Last week, untold thousands of Americans in deep-red counties took a stand. After eight years of “bureaucracy knows best” and the abuses that followed, voters shouted ‘NO’ to the wanton march of government-funded industrial wind turbines destroying the landscape and threatening their communities. The Trump victory will finally put an end to big wind’s vice grip on Washington.
And you can bet the wind sector is in full panic mode. But don’t Continue reading Time to cut our losses on big wind
WRITTEN BY Kathiann M. Kowalski
for MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS 11/14/2016
An Ohio lawmaker who played a key role in tripling property line setbacks for wind turbines wants regulators to adopt strict rules when implementing the setbacks and other provisions for new commercial wind farms, which industry experts say are already effectively banned in the state.
“If wind farms cannot be developed without borrowing or stealing their neighbors’ nonresidential property in order to satisfy the setback, health, and safety requirements, then perhaps they should not be developed at all,” state Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) asserted in comments filed on October 31 with the Ohio Power Siting Board, of which Seitz is a non-voting member.
The proposed rules aim to implement setback provisions in Ohio House Bill 483, mandating that each wind turbine be about a Continue reading Against the wind: Ohio lawmaker pushes for stricter rules on wind development (The voice of reason vs. industry spin!)
November 12, 2016 by
The election of Donald Trump has caused conniption fits amongst the hard green-left in the United States and elsewhere. Pundits predicted, with supreme confidence, that Hillary Clinton would take the White House and that all would be well in the politically correct garden.
However, America’s “basket of deplorables” had other ideas: a brash and vulgar businessmen, more famed for his line “you’re fired” on the reality TV show, The Apprentice, Trump not only won convincingly, the Republican Party increased its majority in the Continue reading Clinton ‘Trumped’: Vestas’ Shares in Freefall & Wind Industry in Full Scale Panic
President-elect Trump wants to hear from you! Wish him good luck and ask for the termination of industrial wind, the end to the Clean Power Plan, the end to the PTC–you know what he needs to hear!
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