Call to Action–Kevon Martis is organizing a protest in Michigan–participant request

Friends,

Our friend and colleague, Kevon Martis, (Interstate Informed Citizens’ Coalition) is requesting participants for a protest in Lansing, Michigan, on Feb. 27.  Details and comments from Kevon follow.

Several years ago we joined others and protested on the Michigan State campus at Kevon’s request.  It is an easy thing to do–and it is interesting to touch base with fellow wind warriors from different areas.  If you can attend, wear warm clothes and join in the fun! 

Kevon’s leadership has benefited us all over so many years in so many ways.  Kindly share his request with others in your area.

Please RSVP–to me or to Kevon–as soon as possible.

kevon@kevonmartis.com

https://www.facebook.com/Interstate-Informed-Citizens-Coalition-Inc-IICC-200366763310823/

Thank you!

Linda Hughes

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Wind News – UNU’s Day In Court

Friends,

Champaign County’s Union Neighbors United (“UNU”) appeared in the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday to argue that:

  1. The owner of a wind turbine facility must submit an application to amend the certificate of approval to extend the construction deadline and the application to amend must trigger a board staff investigation by the Ohio Power Siting Board; and
  2. Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4609 does not give  the Ohio Power Siting Board authority to approve an extension to a construction deadline by motion even if the board finds there is no proposed change in the construction plans for the facility.

Readers are encouraged to go to https://www.ohiochannel.org/collections/supreme-court-of-ohio?0 and watch the Court proceedings.  In making its argument, UNU Continue reading Wind News – UNU’s Day In Court

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Hey Ohio!…coming to a neighborhood near you…skyrocketing utility bills, brown/blackouts and more!!!

Ohio Parties Agree To Kill Coal Plants, Add More Wind And Solar

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 31, 2017

In conjunction with nine intervening parties, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corp., has filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) a settlement to its electric security plan (ESP) that would end its ownership in 2,093 MW of coal-fired generation and bring more renewable energy to Ohio.

The parties agreed to a six-year settlement after months of intense negotiation, says the Sierra Club, which has come to an agreement with the utility to also sign on to the settlement later this week.

The environmental group says DP&L originally submitted a request to the PUCO last winter for hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers to prop up its coal plants, which had been losing Continue reading Hey Ohio!…coming to a neighborhood near you…skyrocketing utility bills, brown/blackouts and more!!!

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Wind News – UNU Goes to Court and DP&L Goes to PUCO

Friends,

This week Union Neighbors United will present oral arguments in their Ohio Supreme Court case “in the Matter of the Application of Buckeye Wind LLC concerns the board granting a three-year extension by approving a motion filed by the company. The citizen group argues the law only allows such a change through an application for an amendment – a process that triggers a staff investigation. The board maintains such a review process isn’t required for a time extension.”  Court convenes at 9:00 a.m. and will be live streamed on t.v.  Details are provided below.

In other news: Continue reading Wind News – UNU Goes to Court and DP&L Goes to PUCO

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U.S. Wind Energy Policy: Correcting the Abuse in 100 Days (Introduction)

By Lisa Linowes — February 2, 2017

“Obama’s green energy agenda meant advancing wind interests at any cost, and it shows. The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) now estimates the total cost of the wind production tax credit in the years 2016–2020 at $23.7 billion.”

“Public opposition to projects has significantly intensified as turbines standing over 500-feet tall were repeatedly sited near homes and sensitive natural habitats. Still, the [Obama] administration remained unequivocal in its advocacy.”

Land-based wind energy experienced the fastest growth in installed capacity under the Obama presidency, achieving a three-fold increase from 25,000 megawatts (MW) in 2008 to over 75,000 megawatts today. By the end of 2016, wind represented about 5.5% of total U.S. generation (megawatt hours). [1]

The Obama White House, in concert with Senate Democrats, systematically pushed through regulation that dramatically raised wind subsidies, fast-tracked project development, funded policy reports that benefited the sector, and generally placed industry interests ahead of public interests and assets.

In several cases, federal law was flouted. Three high-profile court Continue reading U.S. Wind Energy Policy: Correcting the Abuse in 100 Days (Introduction)

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Citizens for Clear Skies, Van Wert, Ohio–ask for our help

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The Van Wert group–Citizens for Clear Skies–is asking for help from our network.
 
Apex is posting a Question and Answer for Van Wert citizens regarding the proposed Long Prairie project there.  The leaders of Clear Skies plan to refute their questions and answers one by one.  The first refutation was posted yesterday–the topic was setbacks.
 
They ask that those of us with facebook networks consider asking people to like and share their posts.  Commentary is requested as well.
 
This is an ongoing process and high traffic is their goal.  Please check out Citizens for Clear Skies facebook:
 
 
If you are able to help our Van Wert friends in this way, please do!
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Letter to the Editor, Norwalk Reflector submitted by Dr. Donald T. Stewart DDS. of Greenwich, Ohio

Just use a little common sense

10/08/16

I find myself in the difficult position of trying to explain common sense to a society and especially a government that rarely uses it any more. This time concerning wind energy and specifically a proposed wind farm near Greenwich.

The only positive information on wind energy come from the wind turbine companies themselves, the companies that maintain and repair wind turbines, or misguided government workers attempting to justify billions of dollars waste on an industry that simply does not work without government subsidies (by the way our tax dollars). I will give the sources I used at the end of this letter but, there is abundant information from unbiased sources that support this argument and no valid information from unbiased sources that support this argument and no valid information from unbiased sources to support wind turbines. Wind Energy is the least efficient way to create energy. Nuclear, natural gas, coal and even solar energy are far more efficient ways to create energy with fossil fuels Continue reading Letter to the Editor, Norwalk Reflector submitted by Dr. Donald T. Stewart DDS. of Greenwich, Ohio

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Greenwich…do you really want to even entertain the possibility of this happening here?!

What’s Not to Like about Wind Power? – Wind Turbine Pyrotechnics & Fatal Flops

September 28, 2016 by

Wind power is, as we’re repeatedly told, ‘clean’, ‘green’ and ‘free’.

But, ever keen to rain on the wind industry’s parade, here’s a couple of pieces that point out one or more inconvenient truths.

As with the picture above, of a turbine self-immolating in Texas (see our post here) – the first concerns the habit these things have of bursting into a terrifying, toxic fireball.

The second details their common trait of giving up their 290 tonne hulks to gravity and tussling with terra firma.

Massive wind turbine catches fire and burns for hours because German fire fighters don’t have ladders long enough to tackle the 100m high blaze

Daily Mail
Harvey Day
29 August 2016

A wind turbine in Germany burned for hours today because fire fighters did not have ladders long enough to tackle the 100 metre high blaze.

The flames struck this morning in the town of Isselburg in North Continue reading Greenwich…do you really want to even entertain the possibility of this happening here?!

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Trump’s Tax Reform Will Threaten Wind-Financing Deals, Spur M&A

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By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wind-power skeptic Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform may have an unintended consequence: threatening wind farms’ balance sheets.

The president-elect’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to as low as 15 percent may curb availability of an esoteric, but critical, clean-energy financing mechanism known as tax equity, according to a report Friday by the Chicago-based energy and infrastructure adviser Marathon Capital LLC. Continue reading Trump’s Tax Reform Will Threaten Wind-Financing Deals, Spur M&A

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Seitz named chairman of House Public Utilities Committee

Jan 12, 2017

Bill Seitz will have a seat at the head of the table this year when debate around the future of Ohio electric policy flares up.

The Cincinnati Republican, a longtime fixture on the Statehouse energy scene, will chair the House Public Utilities Committee. Rep. Rick Carfagna, R-Genoa Township, is the vice chairman.

Seitz’s Senate run ended at the end of 2016 because of term limits and he ran for a seat in the Ohio House. He chaired the same utilities committee in the Senate.

This year promises to give Seitz’s committee plenty of important Continue reading Seitz named chairman of House Public Utilities Committee

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Seitz: The case against clean energy mandates

Bill Seitz / Jan. 9, 2017

State Rep. Bill Seitz is a Green Township resident.

My respect for University of Cincinnati Professor Joe Tomain is deep, but I need no energy policy lessons from him.

I agree that there are no truly free markets, but Ohio’s electric generation market is now unregulated. Natural gas, with which Ohio is bountifully blessed, sets the price as the preferred electricity fuel to the exclusion of coal, nuclear, wind and solar. Ohio electric utilities no longer enjoy any guaranteed government-supported monopoly on the generation side of their business. However, state law mandates that electric utilities must purchase ever-increasing quantities of specified “clean energy” fuels distort the free competition. Thanks to 2014 legislation, we know that since 2008, consumers’ electric generation bills increased by 9 percent due to the renewable and energy efficiency mandates that remain enshrined in Ohio law.

I also agree that both fossil fuels and renewable resources have Continue reading Seitz: The case against clean energy mandates

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DELINGPOLE: Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars. The Scam Must End Now!

Green Energy

 

 by JAMES DELINGPOLE6 Jan 2017

for Breitbart

When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes?

I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue to be funnelled into the pockets of crooks, liars, spivs, chancers, con-artists and fantasists in the name of solving the non-existent problem of “climate change.”

Let me give you some examples of what I mean.

Wales’s £18 ($21,895,470.00 USD ) million tidal energy flop

If there’s one thing everyone who thinks of themselves as reasonable and well-informed knows, tidal power is the thing. How do they know this? Well, because they’re aware that wind and solar power have their flaws but their hearts tell them that renewable energy must be a good thing because it’s clean and it’s free so therefore they’ve decided to pin their hopes on the technology whose crapness hasn’t been tested yet – and that means tidal.

Also they’ll have read thinly-disguised press releases like this Continue reading DELINGPOLE: Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars. The Scam Must End Now!

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Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

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By Matt Sanctis – Staff Writer 

January 08, 2017

Alternative energy advocates cheered a recent decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto a recent bill that would have weakened the state’s clean energy standards, arguing the move will lead to more investment and jobs in the industry statewide.

But opponents, including residents engaged in a long legal battle over a proposed Champaign County wind farm, said they have seen laws repeatedly shift on the issue and hope to continue the fight.

The debate centers on Ohio House Bill 554, which lawmakers passed late last year and would have made state alternative energy requirements optional for the next two years. But Kasich vetoed it, meaning the state’s older energy standards will now snap back into place.

RELATED: Everpower signs deal with Amazon for Ohio wind farm

A group of Champaign County residents have opposed the Buckeye Wind Farm, a project that calls for hundreds of turbines across several townships there. Terry Rittenhouse, whose home is located near the wind farm site, said he believes the debate over the Continue reading Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

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The search is on to find a qualified conservative Senate candidate for Ohio District 1

Friends,
Your help and expertise is needed. The Van Wert wind warriors, Citizens for Clear Skies, are looking for a true conservative voice that will consistently apply conservatism to decision-making in the Ohio Senate. Senator Cliff Hite compromises on those principles and they feel the time is right to see if there is a better option come next election.
Senator Cliff Hite is currently serving in his third General Assembly as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 1st Senate District, which encompasses an 11 county region of Northwest Ohio including all or part of Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams Counties. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Hite served two terms in the Ohio House of Continue reading The search is on to find a qualified conservative Senate candidate for Ohio District 1

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DELINGPOLE: Trump Versus the Green Blob—Here’s How We Know He Means Business

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by JAMES DELINGPOLE  3 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON, USA - SEPTEMBER 9: Candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination Donald Trump waits to speak at a rally held by the Tea Party at the United States Capitol to speak out against President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran in Washington, USA on September 9, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Donald Trump really is going to make America great again. It wasn’t just a campaign slogan: Trump is for real—and one of the great pleasures in the coming years is going to be the joy of watching all those pundits who think he’s going to be a disaster being proved wrong again and again.

Nowhere will this be more evident than in his policies on energy and the environment.

As you know, I made a trip to Washington, D.C. just before Christmas to check out the lie of the land. What I wanted to find out was just how serious Trump is about slaying the Green Blob which has caused so much misery and expense in the U.S. and across the world for the last thirty or forty years. And after a series of private briefings with administration insiders and members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, I came back heartened.

Here’s how one of them put it:

“Trump is going to send his tanks into the swamp from Day One. He knows there isn’t time to lose and he knows that every day that Continue reading DELINGPOLE: Trump Versus the Green Blob—Here’s How We Know He Means Business

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Wind News – Entering the Second Decade of the Wind Wars

Friends,

Happy New Year to All!   We are entering our second decade of the struggle to protect our communities and keep our local elected officials informed about the ongoing predations and manipulations of the wind industry.  Last year we sent out 67 issues of the Wind News – that covers a lot of activity and asked much of the “wind warrior” community.   As we enter another decade, we see that, as the proliferation of industrial wind continues, more people and communities are being harmed by the adverse impacts.  We know THE issue for us in 2017 will be efforts to reduce setbacks.

We received a note of appreciation from Senator Seitz as he prepared to leave the Ohio Senate and take office as a Representative in the House. Senator Seitz wrote:

“ I can say without any reservation that we could never have made the progress we did without the wonderful assistance of you, Tom [Stacy], Kevon Martis and a handful of others. We are not out of the woods yet. Expect a renewed focus next year on modifying the setbacks (hopefully not too much) and an even bigger fight over re-regulation of the electric utility industry. If that happens, we will have to do so very carefully in light of our principled positions against mandates and subsidies. Continue reading Wind News – Entering the Second Decade of the Wind Wars

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Wind and Solar Advocates Worried About Future Support from Trump Administration

December 26, 2016

 Source:  Electrical Marketing

While the advisors and cabinet members President-elect Trump is selecting for his administration worry environmentalists with their pro fossil fuel and anti-climate change philosophies, it’s still too early to tell what the impact of the Trump Administration may be on the renewables industries.

Post-election blog posts by the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) say job growth in the wind and solar fields over the past few years and the continuing influx of new commercial and utility-scale (and to a lesser degree residential) wind and solar installations have become important drivers in local and particularly rural economies. Continue reading Wind and Solar Advocates Worried About Future Support from Trump Administration

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