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!→
“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”
In this case, the Big bad wolf of industrial wind is determined to blow Ohio’s economy to pieces with the help of the Kasich Administration. But we “little people,” like the little pig, are building strong arguments to protect our homes and families. Even if the renewable mandates come back, strong regulatory protections and solid setback arguments will help to protect us. Your support for an enforceable noise standards and property line setbacks will be key.
To: Senate and House Majority Leadership, Senate and House Energy and Natural Resource Committee Members, Representative Dovilla
From: Senator Bill Seitz
Date: September 29, 2016
Re: Renewable Portfolio and Energy Efficiency Mandates
When you hear the claims from those who assert that “business” wants restoration of the renewable portfolio and energy efficiency mandates, let’s be clear: business support for fuel diversity or clean energy generally is not to be confused as being support for continuation of state mandates. In fact, the Ohio Business Roundtable—the consortium of Ohio’s leading businesses—just last week issued its report that its executive director summed up as follows: “we have done the forecasting, it is our conclusion that over time mandates will result in higher prices that are passed on to the consumer. In looking at these issues through a purely economic lens, it is our judgment that mandates ought to be phased out.” A copy of Continue reading Below is a Memorandum sent from Senator Bill Seitz to policy makers in the legislature as well as the Governor’s Office. →
This past week, significant news was reported on three different topics, each of which is deserving of a separate issue of Wind News: 1) Ohio legislative activity on the renewable mandate freeze; 2) a new and troubling report from Purdue University concerning bird and bat kills as well as a request for comment on the proposed Leedco Icebreaker project planned for Lake Erie; and 3) a major peer reviewed paper by acoustician Rick James and audiologist Jerry Punch addressing the adverse health effects of wind turbine noise. Over the next three days we will report on each of these topics. The focus of this issue is current activity in the Ohio General Assembly.
The US District Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, will hear arguments this Tuesday over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which dictates carbon-cutting standards for states based on their greenhouse-gas emissions.
Kasich vows to veto any legislation extending renewable energy freeze, lawmakers also uneasy
By John Funk, The Plain Dealer on September 27, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich has again threatened to veto any legislation that would kill the state’s laws requiring electric companies to help customers use less electricity and to sell more power generated by wind, solar and other renewable technologies.
As many of you know, our community has been fighting the building of wind turbines in our area for 2 years now. Did you know that there are some communities in Ohio that have been fighting for 10 years and still don’t have turbines in their area?
There are still lots of steps that need to be taken by the wind company before they can even begin to think of construction. Some of those include getting signed waivers, MAJOR substation work, road agreements and more.
Wind rulemaking update: OPSB seeks comments on proposed 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, 2016 and reply comments by November 8, 2016. The entry and proposed rules are available in the online record for case number 16-1109-GE-BRO.
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.