This past week the Ohio Power Siting Board released its industrial wind facility “Draft Rules” for comment. The OPSB release states:
The public is invited to submit comments on these rules. In an entry dated September 22, 2016, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) issued proposed rules applicable to wind‑powered electric generation facilities in amended Ohio Administrative Code 4906‑4‑08 and newly proposed 4906‑4‑09. The OPSB requests that interested persons submit formal written comments on the proposed rules by October 24, 2016and reply comments by November 8, 2016. The entry and proposed rules are available in the online record for case number 16-1109-GE-BRO. (We have also attached the proposed rules with Wind News.)
PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — A hearing over whether a wind farm will be built on Bethlehem’s watershed has been put on hold after alleged threats, including to the family of a turbine company official.
The Zoning Hearing Board at Penn Forest Township, where the 37-turbine farm is proposed, agreed on Tuesday to postpone proceedings so the company could arrange to move them to Carbon County Courthouse for added security. A volunteer firehouse had been used because it could fit 300 people.
The company is also seeking an independent hearing officer to hear the matter.
After a short break with visiting relatives, we are back! In this issue we bring you:
The latest word on the Ohio General Assembly’s plans to address the “mandate freeze” this fall. “One compromise Sen. Seitz would be amenable to is turning the mandates into goals for the next three years by which time questions about the legality of the Clean Power Plan will likely have been settled. “Then once that landscape is better known, we would resume mandates in order to comply with the Clean Power Plan,” he said. “I think that’s a fair compromise but whether that’ll fly I don’t know.”
The news of the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in the Buckeye Wind I amendment case where the court ruled against Champaign County and Union, Urbana and Goshen Townships (decision attached). In 2014, the County and Townships argued that the OPSB acted unlawfully in amending the BW I certificate without conducting a hearing on three aspects of the amendment application—(1) burying all collection lines underground, (2) relocating four access roads, and (3) resizing the staging areas. A statement from the Champaign County Prosecutor states, “Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court fails to rectify an inadequacy of the Buckeye I certificate. The commissioners and trustees were hopeful Continue reading Wind News – Not blind opposition to progress but opposition to blind progress→
America’s energy future may be blowing in the wind. As the U.S. moves away from coal-fired electricity, wind power has been growing. The Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2017 wind power in the U.S. will grow another 11 percent.
But wind turbines don’t last forever, said Xcel Energy spokesperson Mark Stutz.
Friends–very important meetings looming that affect many counties surrounding the Lima area–please consider attending–and invite others to attend as well.
I think these meetings are going to be VERY important to the future of the people who live and work in the eight counties. Wind power and its desirability should be a principal focus of each and every meeting. If no one wants to live in these communities after they have been carpet bombed by industrial wind turbines, where will employers get workers? If those who are able to move out, do move out, what happens to the talent that leads the non-profit sector? What happens to school enrollment? Does this area want to be designated as the wind corridor? Amazon already testified in the legislature that they would never locate their data centers there.
By Graham Grant. Home Affairs Editor and columnist, Scottish Daily Mail.
The unrestrained enthusiasm of Keith Anderson as he eulogised Scotland’s wind farms carried all the hallmarks of the renewables zealot.
Almost Messianic in his evangelical fervour, the ScottishPower boss simply could not understand why anyone wouldn’t swoon at the mere sight of a turbine.
‘I love it. I absolutely love wind farms, I think they’re fantastic’, he told an interviewer. ‘I would find it incredible for anybody to go up to the visitor centre at Whitelee [wind farm] and not love Whitelee.
On Tuesday October 25th at 1PM there will be a debate sponsored by the Sandusky Register. Tom Dunlap and Dick Stein are running for Boose’s 57 District seat in the Ohio House. I plan on attending and I’m going to send Tom Jackson, reporter at the Sandusky Register, some questions concerning wind facilities. Tom is receptive and I hope we can get some good questions answered. Do you think Continue reading Heads up! Public debate scheduled!→
Bill McKibben loves the climate. Unfortunately, he hates the environment.
For proof of that, consider McKibben’s recent cover story in The New Republic, where he asserts that the U.S. must mobilize to fight climate change with the same fervor the Allies used to defeat Hitler during World War II. After citing a few examples of recent weather events, which, in his view, prove that global warming is happening now, McKibben writes, “If Nazis were the ones threatening destruction on such a global scale today, America and its allies would already be mobilizing for a full-scale war.”
While Nazi analogies can be fun, the climate cure that McKibben, the founder of 350.org, and his friends are pushing would result in the despoliation of vast swaths of the American landscape. Indeed, it would require that an area the size of Texas and Louisiana combinedbe covered with hundreds of thousands of wind turbines.
Early last December, our leaders traveled to Paris in the hope of ending the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. President Obama was one of many who claimed that the month-long climate talks will combat global warming. Yet the irony of traveling thousands of miles via jet airplane to discuss abolishing fossil fuels is not the only embarrassing blemish on their efforts.
Many believed the ambitious accord would cause developed countries to spend more taxpayer funds on renewable energy technologies; and while the United States did renew its Production Tax Credit for wind and solar, the UK is cutting investment for their renewables industry. Experts lament that this will remove one gigawatt of renewable generation from that country, but this reveals an ugly truth: Except for nuclear power, alternatives to oil and gas are not ready for prime time.
By JAMES SPRAGUE, Thursday, September 1, 2016, www.newsexaminer.com
NEW CASTLE – With the debate over wind energy and wind farms still ongoing in Fayette, Rush and Henry counties, one area Economic Development Corporation has made the decision this week to no longer pursue future wind development.
The New Castle–Henry County Economic Development Corporation issued an open letter to Henry County officials Tuesday regarding wind energy in Henry County, which effectively states that the EDC would no longer pursue future wind development within the county.
I saw the once verdant wheat fields of Eastern Europe covered with ugly wind turbines, slowly spinning their huge blades into the wind. A few funnel dust swirls were blowing the topsoil into the air. They did not appear to be connected to any storage station that would distribute the electrical power generated. I searched and found out that they were really not connected to any network, were not generating usable electricity, they were all for show to placate the “green growth” European bureaucrats who gave them money to install the eyesores instead of growing crops.
We have long argued that the only thing about renewable energy that is “green” is the money. If the press from the past few weeks is any indication, others are starting to wake up to the fact that green energy is not necessarily environmentally friendly. The articles presented today present a fascinating picture of the march toward what could become a battle in Ohio as well the nation, if not the rest of the world. As Pogo so famously put it “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Ironically, cartoonist Walter Kelly coined this phrase 46 years ago to help promote environmental awareness and publicize the first annual observance of Earth Day. Today we can employ the phrase to describe the fight brewing between “environmentalists” and “conservationists” and renewable energy.
Citizens for Clear Skies is a group formed to bring the truth to the community on the dynamics of wind energy. We are accused of only being negative from the opposition group. This is our collaborative response to their last letter:
We see significant reductions in this technology globally due to governments becoming more educated in time over the detrimental impact to consumer power bills.
We see an intermittent “resource”, one that is rarely present when consumers need it most.
Tiny the Turbine is a story written by Lyndsey Ward with cartoons by Josh.
Lyndsey was asked to write a children’s book to counter the wind propaganda that has been allowed into schools.
It follows on from her tale of Subsidy Sam, a satire primarily for adults also written to counter wind industry spin.
Those who are concerned at the indoctrination of children regarding industrial wind development should ensure that a copy of Tiny the Turbine is given to their local school to show the other side of the wind ‘education’ currently received by our children.