Preface to story: It is something we have always said. If you are threatened by a wind farm and you do nothing, you will get a wind farm. Fight hard, get your community informed and organised, watch the weasels like hawks and expose any mistakes or spouted nonsense in the media. Be relentless. Don’t give them an inch. Insist on only dealing with the organ grinders and tell their monkeys to do one. Don’t be sucked into their windy🐂💩 or their attempts to be your friend. Any communication with you means they can tick the box for community consultation. Remember they do not care a toss about you or your neighbours. They will be long gone as soon the blades start swooshing. Here is a story about the Midwest in America: New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects. Some wind developments are still moving ahead, especially in sparsely populated areas, but the success of opposition groups shows that when residents put up organized opposition, they often Have faith folks. They are beatable – even with a halfwit government at the helm! Never give up.
By SCOTT MCFETRIDGE, ASSOCIATED PRESS GLENVILLE, Minn. — Feb 20, 2018, 12:43 PM ET
Amazon recently testified, in front of the Ohio legislature, that it supports a bill that would significantly shorten the distance between an industrial wind turbine and your home. Residents in Van Wert suffer consequences at much larger distances. Turbines are exploding in size, now eclipsing almost 700 feet with blades that spin in excess of […]
If you tuned into Tucker Carlson last evening, Feb. 16, as I did, to view the segment on “The story of one town trying to stop turbines, and how some are trying to block those efforts” you know it wasn’t aired. The information was shared with you in good faith–my suspicion is there is such a segment that will be aired at some point, but that point is not known to me. If another date comes through, I’ll do my best to let you know. Thank you for understanding.
Negotiations continue in the Ohio General Assembly on both renewable mandates and the repeal of wind setback measurement from property lines.
At the Ohio Power Siting Board, numerous comments were submitted by both wind developers and citizens concerning the current process for waiving setbacks. The law very clearly states that all property owners adjacent to the wind farm property must agree to any setback waiver. The wind industry believes this should be interpreted as the one non-participating landowner closest to the one non-conforming turbine. But that interpretation is not consistent with the law. Readers can go to the OPSB website at http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/CaseRecord.aspx?CaseNo=16-1109 to read the comment submissions. We have attached the comments of MAREC (Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition). Other comments from Greenwich Neighbors United and Union Neighbors United can be found at the website as well comments from the Continue reading Wind News – Pro-Wind Battalions are Out in Force but Warrior Seitz Fights On→
There will be no hearings this coming week on the setback bill, SB 238 or HB 114. As we understand it, it is likely that setbacks will be addressed by an amendment to HB 114 which has already passed the House and is undergoing hearings in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Speculation is that HB 114 will be amended and approved some time in February after which it will go to a Conference Committee of the House and Senate where the final bill will be negotiated. We will keep you posted on when hearings will be scheduled.
Our understanding at this point is that Dolan’s proposal of 1.2 x turbine height from the property line is likely to be adopted. There will be some type of local input to the siting process but we are unclear as to what it will be. Discussions underway propose a role for County Commissioners which may be subject to affirmation by a vote of electors residing in the unincorporated areas of all county townships irrespective of whether that township is hosting turbines. The wind industry rejects restricting the vote to only the Continue reading Wind News – Is Wind Winning?→
As another weeks passes, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee continues to defer hearings on SB 238 to reduce wind turbine setbacks. At the same time, in areas targeted for wind development multiple discussions are taking place with citizens and their elected representatives. It is vital that we all “sing out of the same songbook”. We must ensure our conversations with legislators and local officials are directed at ensuring any compromise language offered in the legislature reflects the following:
We are tired of it. You are tired of it. Our county is tired of it, but it just won’t go away. What is it? Wind turbines.
Before you turn the page and turn your back and turn your attention to the many Terry Rittenhouse
Contributing columnist other legitimately important concerns of your day, we plead with you, educated leaders and citizens of Champaign County, to give one last level-headed and critically discerning look into the future at the unwanted hostile takeover of our community that is going to change us irrevocably from this time forward. Our county government and citizens groups have made it very clear that this project is not wanted here. Before we ourselves allow strangers to hold to the lips of our very own children the secret elixir in this cup, let us consider.
…Why Are We Destroying Our Grid?… Or, asked differently: Why are we destroying the most efficient, reliable and least costly system ever devised for generating and distributing electricity? Here are some facts: Electricity generated by wind and solar is more .. Continue reading Why Are We Destroying Our Grid?→
It was quite a week. “Head spinning” – to use a wind term. In this issue we will cover important events in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and beyond in hopes that we can all learn from one another. One thing is clear, Apex is under attack in many communities and it is interesting to see the different ways they are dealing with the communities who are challenging them.
Webmaster’s Note: For those of you who attended the Huron County Commissioner’s open forum meeting (held earlier this month) you will recall the statements regarding how much wind energy is loved in other states. I’m sure you’ll remember two states in particular were mentioned, Texas and Iowa. This article is written by an Iowan Janna Swanson. There is a lot to this article but, as you will see, love is not one of them…
Expansion of wind-generated electricity continues to run into opposition in rural Iowa.
Jan 17, 2018
By Janna Swanson
Warren Buffett has said that building wind turbines makes no sense without the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC). I wanted to know why industrial wind is being pushed in Iowa when it makes no sense, so I called MidAmerican Energy and asked to speak with Bill Fehrman.