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Is Big Wind the New Big Tobacco?

— Curt Devlin, Guest Editor

Faced with growing evidence that industrial wind turbines (IWT’s) cause serious adverse health impacts, comparisons between the wind industry and the tobacco industry are getting more obvious all the time.  The Big Wind tactics of stalling, dismissing legitimate concerns, and outright denial of the link between turbines and health problems seem straight out of the Big Tobacco playbook.

Perhaps this pattern is standard behavior for dirty industries, especially when there is no easy way to acknowledge the harm they cause without damaging profits as well.  Despite these similarities, there are also fundamental differences between these two industries, the problems they create, and how they create them.  Anyone looking to hold Big Wind accountable for the havoc it creates should pay careful attention to these differences as well.  Forewarned is forearmed. Continue reading Is Big Wind the New Big Tobacco?

Greenwich! Read the plight of a Van Wert wind farm victim…

Webmaster’s Note: If you have ever driven Ohio SR 30 you cannot help but notice the invasion of hundreds of acres of farmland being consumed by these inefficient monstrosities. Believe it or not, they still want to add even more! That’s why it is so important to keep up our local Greenwich resistance now…it is naive of us to think that it would be any different here than in Van Wert! The wind industry is a greedy, cancerous disease that leaves whatever it touches in a wake of ruined health (both human and wildlife), property values, and rural community relationships while failing miserably as a legitimate source of uninterrupted power!

Wind Turbine Industry In Rural Ohio

Before you believe what the sales teams try to sell, read this account:

My name is Brenda DeLong and I am a resident and property owner in Van Wert County. I live in the Blue Creek Wind project. I do not have any wind turbines on my property, but yet they affect my life by trespassing on my property. I built my home 13 years ago on my parent’s farmland thinking I could enjoy peace and quiet as a country home should be.

Saturday, I was in Dublin viewing a home my son and his wife are buying. As we stood on the deck Continue reading Greenwich! Read the plight of a Van Wert wind farm victim…

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

GNU’S ATTORNEY FILES APPLICATION FOR REHEARING WITH OPSB AFTER THE REGULATORY BODY CONTINUES TO IGNORE BOTH THE LAW & CITIZENS!

June 21, 2016

Contact Information: Kevin Ledet, Chairperson

Greenwich Neighbors United

419-706-3997 / kaledet1@gmail.com

Yesterday, Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) filed an application for rehearing to contest an Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) order issued about 30 days ago in Case No. 15-1921-EL-BGA. The OPSB order, issued without holding a hearing, authorized a wind farm developer to modify its Huron County development plan and add bigger and noisier wind turbine models to the plan previously approved by the OPSB. The wind farm developer’s request was filed after Ohio adopted new setback requirements which were not applied by the OPSB when it issued the order. Continue reading GNU’S ATTORNEY FILES APPLICATION FOR REHEARING WITH OPSB AFTER THE REGULATORY BODY CONTINUES TO IGNORE BOTH THE LAW & CITIZENS!

William J. Seitz and Kevon Martis: Trespass zoning is wind energy’s secret subsidy

February 19th, 2016

By William J. Seitz and Kevon Martis

Contributing Columnists for LimaOhio.com

There was a time when the environmental movement opposed noise pollution, fought industrial blight, and supported “little guys” whose quality of life was threatened by “corporate greed.”

But that was a long time ago, before wind energy.

The American Wind Energy Association and its allies at the Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council continue to press the Ohio legislature to overturn recent wind energy siting guidelines that corrected a grievous fault in the earlier state guidelines.

The old regulations measured turbine setback distances and noise limits from the 500 foot to 600 foot tall wind turbines from the foundation or bedroom windows of neighboring homes. The new regulations established by the legislature measure setback distance and noise limits from neighboring property lines. Establishing siting regulations from property lines is standard practice for all other land use regulations. After all, homeowners are not confined to their homes. They and their kids like to play in the yard, enjoy outdoor picnics, or watch sunsets from patios and decks.

By measuring noise and setbacks for wind turbines from neighboring homes rather than property lines, the old law essentially awarded wind Continue reading William J. Seitz and Kevon Martis: Trespass zoning is wind energy’s secret subsidy

GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED APPLAUD ENERGY MANDATE STUDY COMMITTEE’S REPORT

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Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU), a group of property owners map_of_greenwich_ohwho joined together to coordinate efforts to voice concerns about a proposed industrial-sized wind turbine park in Huron County, applauds the report of the Energy Mandate Study Committee which recommends that there be no further escalation in the mandates until the impact of federal requirements are better understood. GNU had submitted a letter to the Committee on March 10, 2015, urging a repeal or indefinite suspension in the escalation in of Ohio’s electricity mandates.
The Energy Mandate Study Committee was created by Sub. SB 310 of the 130th General Assembly and consisted of a bipartisan panel Continue reading GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED APPLAUD ENERGY MANDATE STUDY COMMITTEE’S REPORT

GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE OHIO POWER SITING BOARD ON THE GREENWICH WINDPARK

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OMEGA Crop Co., filed a second application for rehearing with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in Case No 13-0990-EL-BGN today. This second application for rehearing asserts that the Ohio Power Siting Board acted outside the law when it issued the Greenwich Windpark LLC a certificate and by indicating that it is yet possible to build the wind farm by securing needed waivers from the minimum setback requirements.

In OMEGA’s first application for hearing, OMEGA argued that 62% of the proposed wind turbines violate Ohio’s minimum setback requirements. Although the OPSB in its August 27, 2015 order rejected OMEGA’s claims regarding OPSB’s failure to follow the law, Continue reading GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE OHIO POWER SITING BOARD ON THE GREENWICH WINDPARK

GREENWICH RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO BATTLE AGAINST WIND TURBINES

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9/9/2015

The residents of Greenwich Township have decided to continue the fight against the wind turbine development that is being proposed in their area. Although the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) did not grant OMEGA’s application for rehearing, it did agree that the Greenwich Windpark cannot start construction of a wind farm where 62% of the proposed 25 wind turbines violate Ohio’s minimum setback requirements until Greenwich Windpark gets waivers from all owners of property adjoining the wind farm.
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU), said, “We are meeting with our local officials and residents to educate them on the order and how we may proceed. It is our understanding that the company cannot move forward until they have all the waivers from adjacent property owners in place, and Continue reading GREENWICH RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO BATTLE AGAINST WIND TURBINES

GNU WATCHFUL OF WIND ENERGY POLICY DECISIONS AT STATEHO– USE

Press Release
July 13, 2015

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com

The residents of Greenwich watch and wonder if the changes made in the recently signed budget bill (HB 64) will impact the potential development of Greenwich Windpark. Governor Kasich signed the biennial budget bill which creates a new tax break for wind power and eases restrictions on turbines, but many of the changes appear to be geared toward attracting a new data center to central Ohio. The legislation also exempts certain wind farms that have already been certified for construction from increased setback requirements the legislature imposed last year. In addition, a Continue reading GNU WATCHFUL OF WIND ENERGY POLICY DECISIONS AT STATEHO– USE

GNU Press Release – SMALL TOWN FIGHTS BIG WIND

Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) a group of property owners began their journey over a year ago, and they continue to fight and grow in numbers. During the summer of 2014, a small number of residents started discussing the proposed wind park development that might come to their community. The Greenwich Windpark is seeking authorization to place 25 wind turbines, each 490.5 feet tall with propeller diameters of up to 383 feet and covering 4,650 acres of land in Greenwich. (Greenwich is a village in Huron County, Ohio with a population of 1,476 residents.)

Several members of the community began educating themselves Continue reading GNU Press Release – SMALL TOWN FIGHTS BIG WIND

GNU Press Release June 30, 2015

COMMUNITY OF GREENWICH GATHERS FOR ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND WIND TURBINE UPDATE

Over 70 members of the Greenwich Community joined together last Saturday for fun, fellowship and to get an update on the proposed wind turbine development proposed in Greenwich. (The case is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board, #13-990-EL-BGN.) The Ice Cream Social was hosted by Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) and was held at the Coon Hunter’s Club.

Jane Hicks, life-long resident of Greenwich, welcomed everyone to Continue reading GNU Press Release June 30, 2015

Greenwich Neighbors United Come together again to reaffirm “No Wind Turbines in Greenwich!”

f02e259a61e4a1036affed5ffc3e4fc3The community of Greenwich has rallied  once again together in the form of an “Ice Cream Social/ Meat Raffle” event that continues to underscore the community’s resolve to not become a host to industrial electrical wind turbines! As we have come to know, fighting Big Wind and the corrupted government supporting them takes money, time, and resources.  Not only does it take money to fight, but it takes money to keep our name (GNU) and our cause before the public’s eye. Yes, I guess you could say “It does takes a village and a township” to get the job done!

We also want to congratulate the winners of the meat raffle! There Continue reading Greenwich Neighbors United Come together again to reaffirm “No Wind Turbines in Greenwich!”

Fighting Big Wind – The Greenwich Story

Todd Hill for the Telegraph-Forum
November 7, 2014
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“Stop the wind turbines!” “Say no to wind turbines!” “Wind turbines, go away!”

Drive around rural Ohio long enough, particularly the parts of the state that are flat and dominated by large, agricultural fields, and you’re bound to see signs voicing these sentiments in the front yards of property owners.

Fifteen miles north of Mansfield, just north of the Richland County line near the Huron County village of Greenwich, red and white anti-wind farm signs have sprouted like weeds. A subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA Ltd. wants to build a 25-turbine wind farm on 4,600 acres of leased land just south and east of the village.

The Greenwich Wind Park was approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board in late August.

“We first identified the site and approached landowners to discuss the project concept in 2010. Since that time, the project has benefited from significant community support throughout an extensive development and OPSB process,” Monica Jensen, vice president of Windlab Developments USA, said.

“Now that the project has been approved, Windlab looks forward to completing this project for the benefit of both involved landowners and the neighboring community.”

Well, not so fast.

Continue reading Fighting Big Wind – The Greenwich Story

Greenwich Wind Farm costing taxpayers more than its worth

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— Jane Hicks

How long is the wind industry going to be carried on the backs of the American taxpayers?

The taxpayer pays federal taxes. The production tax credit is a tax write-off for big investors in the wind industry. One notable investor admits he uses the PTC to lower his taxes: “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them”

Do you think the production tax credit ended Dec. 31, 2013? Wrong. Our politicians loopholed an extension in before the policy ended to protect projects in the works. Still going on until Dec. 31, 2015.

The taxpayer pays state taxes. State taxes help to feed state incentives and tax credits and grants which help to encourage wind farms to build in the state.

Continue reading Greenwich Wind Farm costing taxpayers more than its worth

According to WindLab’s report, 298(?) homes will be affected by “flicker”

 

But they deny home owners  an easily understandable method to identify how their own homes will be impacted ! Upon closer look at maps provided by Windlab, there are some blatant discrepancies noted. Some of these discrepancies (while not limited to) are as follows:

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1. Properties that are in the impact area are not being shown 2. Wrong turbines are being listed as affecting house # 272 concerning flicker ( this being the case, how many other errors could there possibly be?). And how does the OPSB correctly assess the information presented to them seeing that none of the board members are from the area being reviewed? These questions are being raised from information contained in Exhibit P of the “Shadow Flicker Report” filed ( 01/24/13) with the OPSB  case document section.

To view the maps of the “Shadow Flicker Report” click here http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/TiffToPDf/A1001001A13L24B45732E48190.pdf  Maps will be on pages 33-34.

Also… see the “OPSB flicker” link below to see the letter sent by Chairman of Greenwich Neighbors United, Kevin Ledet to the Ohio Power Siting Board, as well as to the two non voting members  Senators  Bill Seitz and Michael Skindell,  outlining theses issues. The letter will be opened in your default word processor.

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