State Sen. Cliff Hite, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, abruptly resigned from his northwest Ohio seat amid concerns of alleged improper conduct.Colleagues said there was little warning that the Findlay Republican would step down. Hite did not return a message seeking comment.“Sen. Hite submitted his resignation to me on Monday evening and I accepted it, effective immediately,” Senate President Larry Obhof said in a statement. He plans to announce a replacement
Oct 6, 2017
Mercer County Engineer writes letter about wind turbines to citizens of Mercer County
To the Citizens of Northern Mercer County:
I am reaching out to bring to your attention wind turbine activity that is occurring in your area. Apex Clean Energy, the owner of hundreds of land rights in southern Van Wert County, has recently been attempting to secure land rights from property owners in northern Mercer County – without any notification to the public or local governments. Apex Clean Energy’s current land rights were acquired by the initial efforts of the wind development company Continue reading Mercer County Engineer writes letter about wind turbines to citizens of Mercer County
By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch
Posted Sep 29, 2017
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join three fellow governors in speaking on a panel at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Oct. 13.
Kasich has said he believes Ohio must pursue policies to encourage the development of clean energy to promote job growth as progressive companies such as Amazon and others prefer to use renewable energy.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval also will appear on the panel.
The governors will discuss how states can promote economic development by pursuing clean energy-friendly initiatives. (Webmaster’s note: They never seem to come up with any practical, effective, reliable ways now do they…? Seems like they can’t get past the “golden goo$e” of wind & solar!)
Former Vice President Al Gore also is one of the featured speakers.
BY DON HOHLER • OCT 2, 2017
Wind turbines are supposed to spin and in doing so make power.
The one adjacent to American Legion post 41 west of Norwalk, after some trials and tribulations, got the spinning right but not the power part.
If the truth be known, however, even the spinning part was an eight-year problem.
But, first things first. Continue reading American Legion post member attempts to salvage wind turbine project-Norwalk, Ohio
Will New York State learn from mistakes made in other areas or will we continue to fall into the same trap?
Letter: Life among wind turbines
State Sen. Cliff Hite wants wind turbine setbacks changed.
I live among turbines in the Blue Creek wind project in Van Wert County. The closest turbine is approximately 1,700 feet from my home. This turbine and others that are not as close have caused sleepless nights, headaches and head pulses. That is just in my home. Others suffer from migraines, dizziness and chest pains.
These are just health concerns. There are many who have TV and cell phone interruption, drainage issues, cracked garage floors, well Continue reading A Van Wert (Blue Creek) citizen speaks out!!!
OHIO–Thanks to Sam Randazzo for his LTE in response to the Cleveland.com opinion– Not in Support of Reforming Ohio’s Wind Turbine Law
Posted on September 28, 2017
I write in response to the Plain Dealer’s editorial support of Ohio Senate Bill 188, legislation that seeks to reduce the minimum safe distance that a wind farm developer may locate a wind turbine generator adjacent to a non-participating property owner’s property line. I write because the editorial fails to even mention the fact that public officials in this nation and elsewhere are increasing the minimum setback distances to better serve health, safety and land use regulation objectives. I write because the editorial ignores the fact that current law allows a wind farm developer to evade the minimum setback distances by securing a waiver from adjoining property owners.
Thus, SB 188 seeks to authorize a wind farm developer to negatively Continue reading Not in support of reforming Ohio’s wind farm law: Letters to the Editor
As reported previously, Sen. Cliff Hite has introduced Senate Bill 188 to reduce setbacks for industrial wind turbines. The legislation has now been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Senator Balderson. It is anticipated that hearings on the bill will begin soon. The bill is attached.
Hite is promoting his bill as a “compromise” that meets the needs of property owners as well as developers. He bases this on extending the property line setback from 1.1 times turbine height to 1.2 times turbine height. Notwithstanding, “The idea that the bill is a compromise is wrong, according to House Majority Leader Bill Seitz, who opposes the bill. “ “If it comes at the expense of the quiet enjoyment of adjacent property owners, then I disagree with him,” he said. Turbines can hurt a person’s ability to enjoy their yard, he said. “Shadow flicker, ice throw, snow throw, failure, fire, toppling over, blades flying off,” he gave as examples of how turbines can negatively impact homeowners.” Continue reading Wind News – Hite Hits A New Low
Webmaster’s note: Read this or any other proposals like it whether it be in Ohio or even across the world to other countries. It is not about saving the planet, the climate or engineering cleaner replacements for fossil fuel (the opposite is actually true)! What is it about then? Its about cramming as many of these wind factories in any given area for the sake of profitablility ( again, this is why the constant barrage from wind weasels and the politicians like Cliff Hite who comfortably rides in the wind cartel’s back pocket..)! Always remember…it’s about how fat you can make the portfolios of foreign investors! It does not matter the damage to homes, families, farms, entire communities,the land and wildlife,
I challenge my neighbors and friends in our community that do have wind leases to hold these clowns at Harvest the Wind accountable for the lies they are spreading to attempt to gain support. Our great volunteer and paid fire/rescue in our county has and will receive $0 from any wind development. It’s very very easy to check out. The scams, manipulations, and continued lies by this small group (you know who they are) is out of control. Put a stop to it!
We have already written a history and critique of the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) which is set to expire at the end of the year. We also recently debunked two pro-PTC studies put out by the NRDC. Yet we have just come across a different analysis [pdf], conducted by wind developer NextEra Energy, that makes a novel argument for the PTC: This particular study claims it would help the government’s finances to renew the tax credit for unsustainable wind energy. In this post we’ll outline the flaws with this unusual claim.
NextEra Claims Wind PTC “Pays for Itself”
The NextEra study relies on the Jobs and Economic Development Index (JEDI) Model from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in order to calculate the impacts of a one-year extension of the PTC for wind energy. NextEra reports that this would lead to a “fiscal net benefit to the government of $768 million.” The following Continue reading More Wind on Extending the Production Tax Credit
In a Press Conference held near the Hog Creek wind project site near Dunkirk in Hardin County, Sen. Cliff Hite today announced his introduction of Senate Bill 188 to reduce setbacks for industrial wind facilities. A copy of the bill is attached. It has not yet been scheduled for a hearing nor has it been referred to a Committee. The bill has 14 co-sponsors, all of whom are Republican except for Sen. Joe Schiavoni who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. Three co-sponsors are members of the Senate Leadership and 4 serve on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee while two sit on the Public Utilities Committee. Most of the sponsors will never be affected by a wind facility. Sen. Randy Gardener of Bowling Green is likely the only exception. Gardener represents Erie, Fulton (part), Lucas (part), Ottawa and Wood Counties and he is not eligible to run again.
Hite also claims that he has resolutions passed in Paulding, Putnam, Continue reading Wind News – Hite Introduces Setback Bill
Andrew Lawton of TheRebel.media explains why Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals should heed the will of local rural communities and stop building unwanted, inefficient wind turbines. TAKE ACTION HERE: http://www.StopWindTurbines.ca
Much has been in the news about American Electric Power (AEP). The CEO Nick Akins appears to be smitten with wind or maybe it is really the soon-to-disappear tax credits. Or maybe it could be fear of aggressive environmental groups like Sierra who with their alleged Russian funding are demanding the abandonment of fossil fuels. Whatever the reason, AEP announced a $4.5 billion wind farm thankfully to be located in Oklahoma. In an interview, Akins stated “With renewables, you’re putting up basically small generators on top of poles and that’s something that we do all the time. We build transmission all the time. A third of the project is transmission, and 765 (kilovolt) transmission, which AEP knows a lot about. “
Akins also noted “Whether AEP plans any other major renewable energy projects: That remains to be seen, because obviously we have 900 megawatts of wind and solar that’s planned for Ohio (500 for wind, 400 for solar). There are a multitude of smaller projects, and that won’t be 2,000 megawatts in one place. I certainly wouldn’t say never on that because you’re going to continue to have development of these types of resources across the board, particularly in those attractive territories with a lot of wind. A big part of it, too, is completing this, starting construction and completing in time to achieve 100 percent Production Tax Credit from the federal government (which ends in 2020) which amounts in Continue reading Wind News – Energy Costs Rising Faster than Texas Floodwaters?
NATIONAL Grid (NG), the private system operator of our high voltage electricity grid publicly issued two documents to the UK generating companies in June entitled System Needs and Product Strategy and Future Balancing Service. Drafted by engineers for engineers they clearly set out the very major problems that the grid is facing between now and 2022. They are an erudite summary of chaos.
It appears more than optimistic that post-consultation results are targeted by the end of September.
NG is clear that most of its rescue proposals are not yet significantly Continue reading This worrying report from National Grid
Even if wind turbines were built in Hawaii, excess capacity would have to be built to handle peak loads in the event that the winds weren’t blowing or the islands would experience brownouts or blackouts. The fact that the periods of highest demands would coincide with a drop-off in wind speed means wind turbines cannot be counted on the meet peak load demands in Hawaii. So electrical generating capacity would have to be built twice, first as wind turbines and second as backup peak capacity protection.—Don Newman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii