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Wind and Solar in Perspective

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For Power For USA

JANUARY 8, 2016

The media continuously promote renewables, reporting on job creation, payments to farmers and other supposed benefits.

Unfortunately, the media ignores higher costs to consumers, the use of tax payer money for subsidies, the loss of jobs in the coal and related industries, and how it is the poorest among us who must pay the penalty for the higher cost of electricity caused by wind and solar.

Inevitably, the media promotes renewables so as to cut CO2 emissions, on the false assumption that renewables can replace the electricity generated by fossil fuels.

This table, from the Energy Information Administration, shows the percentage of electricity generated in the United States by source. Continue reading Wind and Solar in Perspective

Costs and Dangers of Wind Turbine Failures

Power For USA

OCTOBER 13, 2015

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by Donn

Wind turbine failures are likely to become more important as older

Blade repair in progress 2013
Blade repair in progress 2013

turbines, built before 2010, come out of warranty.

There are many unknowns about how wind turbines will weather aging, as none of the modern designs have been in operation for their full twenty years of expected life.

Undoubtedly many components have been subjected to twenty year accelerated life tests, but these can only identify the most obvious of weaknesses.

Two components seem to be most vulnerable:

  1. Blades 2. Gear boxes

Three systems appear to have the highest failure rates: Continue reading Costs and Dangers of Wind Turbine Failures

Dodging Science and Transparency at Altamont Pass (wind industry gets away with shoddy research)

By Jim Wiegand — January 12, 2016

For

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“If the industry’s plans go unchallenged and with 280 massive turbines planned for Altamont, the turbine rotor sweep will increase 2-3 times when calculated in square meters. Calculated in cubic meters, the blade sweep will increase by as much as 5 times.”

“Our supposed regulators and wildlife protection services have looked the other way for 30 years, while the industry produced reams of bogus “studies” designed to justify its existence and hide the death tolls.”

The next hearing on expanding wind energy production at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in California is set for January 14, 2016. “Depending on final turbine selection, micro-siting and other considerations, a capacity of 54 MW is still expected to be yielded,” says an Alameda County announcement about enormous new Siemens turbines being installed there.

How do you micro-site a spinning monster with a span more than Continue reading Dodging Science and Transparency at Altamont Pass (wind industry gets away with shoddy research)

Green energy will be a bust!

By George Koch | Mid-January 2016

for Investment Executive

“Converting the grid to solar and wind power will create more problems than it solves in Alberta, as it already has elsewhere”

RunOnSubsidySignSpain’s attempt to create a “green” electricity grid required paying wind and solar power producers up to 12 times the going rate for electricity. The initiative destroyed jobs and led to a US$29-billion bankruptcy, throwing 24,000 out of work.

Germany’s massive program to develop wind and solar power paid green energy producers up to eight times the cost of conventional power, yet still foundered due to a cloudy and calm climate in which solar and wind chronically underperform. Now Germany is building gas- and coal-fired facilities to mask the catastrophe and greenhouse-gas emissions have increased.

The U.K. made similar attempts to green its grid, with similar results. Continue reading Green energy will be a bust!

Kasich: Ohio will go back to ‘unpalatable’ renewable energy standards if legislators try to gut them

Columbus Business First

Jan 26, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’ll reinstate the state’s energy standards if legislators try to further cut them.

Kasich signed a bill in June 2014 that froze Ohio’s renewable energy requirements for two years.

In September a 12-member legislative committee studied the standards, enacted in 2008, and recommended they stay frozen indefinitely. That led to a strong statement from Kasich calling the kicking-of-the-can “unacceptable.”

kasich-john2-750xx2712-3616-0-0 In New Hampshire this week, where the governor is stumping for the Republican presidential ticket, Kasich told a town hall about the “battle” with some legislators over the clean energy standards. Some manufacturers told him they’d need to layoff workers if the standards, scheduled to increase until 2025, continued.

“So I told them we’d reset it,” Kasich said in Goffstown, New Hampshire. “But some wanted to basically, in my opinion, stop the development of solar and wind and even efficiency standards. They said, ‘OK, it’s good enough.’ I’m like, ‘That’s not acceptable.’ ” Continue reading Kasich: Ohio will go back to ‘unpalatable’ renewable energy standards if legislators try to gut them

Saturday Silliness – wind turbine photo of the year

Anthony Watts /  January 23, 2016

for Watts Up With That?

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The entire rationale for wind turbines is to stop global warming by reducing the amount of CO2 being returned to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.

In the attached picture, recently taken in Sweden, freezing cold weather has caused the rotor blades of a wind turbine to ice up bringing the blades to a complete stop. Continue reading Saturday Silliness – wind turbine photo of the year

Lawmakers want to ban industrial wind energy!

Jess Aloe, Burlington Free Press

January 20, 2016

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MONTPELIER – Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate want to ban any future industrial wind projects.

Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans, introduced S.210 on the first day of the session earlier this month. Rep. Vicki Strong, R-Irasburg, introduced H.598 on Wednesday.

The bills would ban any wind energy project with a capacity of 500 kilowatts or more — like existing projects in Sheffield and Georgia Mountain — though small individual turbines would still be allowed. Strong and Rodgers cited the impact on the environment as well as the preservation of Vermont’s scenic resources as their motivations Continue reading Lawmakers want to ban industrial wind energy!

Wherever Sited, Industrial Wind Is a Loser

By Mary Kay Barton — January 19, 2016

for MasterResource

“Industrial wind is a NET LOSER: economically, technically, environmentally, and civilly – no matter where it is sited.”

Thanks to crony capitalism between both major political parties and wind developers, the federal tax credit was extended for the 7th time for this ‘infant’ industry (for a history of the first six extensions, see here). As a result, Big Wind LLCs continue to target Western, Central, and Upstate New York. And so the multi-decade grass roots backlash against Big Wind rages on.

One battleground is on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Despite overwhelming community opposition, APEX hopes to blight these shores (a major migratory flyway) throughout the Towns of Somerset and Yates (Niagra and Orleans Counties respectively) with 620-foot-tall industrial wind turbines. These massive turbines would be the largest land-based wind turbines in the U.S. to date.

For some perspective on just how out of place these giant machines would be, consider the fact that there is not a single Continue reading Wherever Sited, Industrial Wind Is a Loser

Indian Lake residents reach agreement with wind farm developer

1/12/2016
By Bill Tipple for Peak of Ohio.com

1091455736-WindturbinesatHTM114Over the past eight months, wind developer EverPower has been meeting to hear the concerns of citizens and landowners in the Indian Lake area, where the company plans to construct its Scioto Ridge Wind Farm.

As a result, EverPower has agreed to reduce the number of turbines in the project to address concerns regarding viewshed from the lake.

Residents were concerned that turbines were going to be built too close to the Indian Lake State Park.

“We have listened to residents’ concerns and we are sensitive to the Continue reading Indian Lake residents reach agreement with wind farm developer

Amazon pins big hopes on area wind farm

BY TYREL LINKHORN
TOLEDO BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

1/5/2016

Site to have 48 turbines when it’s running in 2017

 

As Amazon.com Inc. moves forward with a billion-dollar project toTurbines, turbines, everywhere Van Wert, Ohio build a trio of data centers in central Ohio for its web services subsidiary, the online retail giant will simultaneously develop a wind farm in Paulding County to help power them.

Amazon hasn’t said how much it intends to invest in the wind project, but economic development officials estimate the project will cost between $175 million and $200 million.

“It’s great to have them in northwest Ohio,” said Jerry Zielke, Continue reading Amazon pins big hopes on area wind farm

Wind farm blows to the high court

TOM JACKSON • UPDATED JAN 5, 2016
for The Sandusky Register
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The group fighting a proposed wind farm in southern Huron County near Greenwich has filed an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.

The appeal seems to be the only route left to fight the proposedGreenwich Windpark LLC project, which seeks to set up about two dozen wind turbines, said Kevin Ledet, chairman of Greenwich Neighbors United.

The Ohio Power Siting Board, which approved the application to build the wind farm, has now had two rehearings on the matter, but the opponents of the wind farm lost both times. Appealing to the Ohio Supreme Court is the last avenue for fighting the project, Ledet said.
The appeal, filed at the Ohio Supreme Court on Dec. 30, argues the Continue reading Wind farm blows to the high court

Press Release – OMEGA files appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court!!

OMEGA CROP CO. FILES APPEAL WITH THE OHIO SUPREME COURT OVER PROPOSED WINDPARK

gavel & scales of justiceOn December 30, 2015, OMEGA Crop CO., filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court as a result of its objections to the decisions made by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in Case No. 13-990-EL-BGN. In this case, the OPSB granted a certificate, subject to numerous conditions, to a wind farm developer that has proposed erecting a very controversial wind farm in Huron County. OMEGA is a small farming business and its property is adjacent to the proposed wind farm property. OMEGA’s owners are also members of Greenwich Neighbors United (“GNU”), an organization which has been formed by local citizens to protect their interests and property rights. The appeal, among other things, asserts that the OPSB decisions are unreasonably and unlawful. Omega is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to vacate the OPSB’s decisions.

Taking an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court is the only means by Continue reading Press Release – OMEGA files appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court!!

Credits extended for wind energy, could aid Champaign County project

By Matt Sanctis

Staff Writer for Springfield News-Sun

December25, 2015

The sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill Congress approved earlier this month includes an extension of tax credits that will benefit the wind industry for the next five years.

Proponents, including developers of the Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County, praised the extension of the Production Tax Credit, arguing it will secure tens of thousands of jobs and provide stability to build new projects over the next several years.

However critics described the extension as a waste of taxpayer money that will do little to reduce carbon emissions in the long run. Continue reading Credits extended for wind energy, could aid Champaign County project

Ohio Supreme Court hears Champaign County wind farm case

By Matt Sanctis

Staff Writer for Dayton Daily News

The wind farm in Van Wert County, Ohio. A similar development has been proposed for Champaign County but opponents have appealed it to the Ohio Supreme Court. The court heard oral arguments about the case on Wednesday. Staff photo by Bill Lackey More Info
The wind farm in Van Wert County, Ohio. A similar development has been proposed for Champaign County but opponents have appealed it to the Ohio Supreme Court. The court heard oral arguments about the case on Wednesday. Staff photo by Bill Lackey More Info

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning over whether the second phase of a controversial wind farm in Champaign County should be allowed to move forward.

Opponents and the project’s developers debated several issues, including how the wind farm would be decommissioned, whether the project’s setbacks are adequate, and whether the Ohio Power Siting Board followed proper procedures when permitting the case to move ahead. It was the second time in three years the state justices heard oral arguments concerning the wind farm, which has been the focus of a dispute among residents since at least 2008. Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court hears Champaign County wind farm case

Offshore wind farm project in Lake Erie lands European backer

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Michigan Live

December 07, 2015

A Norwegian wind farm developer has pledged to build the first United States offshore wind farm in Lake Erie, according to Ohio newspapers.

Fred. Olsen Renewables, a European power producer, has agreed to back a nonprofit consortium in Ohio that’s been trying for several years to develop a $120 million pilot wind farm project northwest of Cleveland.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Ashtabula Star Beacon are reporting the company has agreed to buy research for an undisclosed sum from Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo., a Northeast Ohio public-private partnership founded in 2009. Continue reading Offshore wind farm project in Lake Erie lands European backer

Wind, solar credits on the chopping block?

Timothy CamaBy Timothy Cama – 12/05/15

for The Hill

Congress could be close to phasing out the tax credits that have, for years, supported the booming wind and solar energy industries.

Tax writing committees in the House and Senate are working to introduce and pass a package of tax breaks before the end of the year to extend or renew a number of incentives like those for low-income housing, scientific research and small businesses.

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While the wind and solar industry and their allies among environmentalists and Democrats want to protect the tax incentives for the long term, many conservatives want to phase them out.

As the committees negotiate the tax packages, lawmakers and observers say the most likely outcome is that both credits will be phased out over a five-year period.

The wind incentive is a production tax credit, meaning it gives utilities money back for each unit of electricity produced. The solar industry has an investment tax credit, based on the money spent to install the solar panels.

A phase-out would provide a certain amount of stability for the industries. But environmentalists lament the end of the incentives Continue reading Wind, solar credits on the chopping block?

Ohio group moving ahead with big plans to harness Lake Erie’s wind

Please click on this link to read article 

Note: At the end of the article you will get a chance to vote whether you are for or against turning Lake Erie shores into an industrial power plant. You’ve got to know that the yes votes are from those who will never see a wind turbine up close or have their way of life altered in any way by them. It’s just a simple yes or no vote and after you vote they will show you the voted percentages>

3 Cheers for NY state senator Rob Ortt!!!

First, a little background about the Lighthouse Wind Project from Tom Rivers writing for OrleansHub.com …

YATES – Apex Clean Energy has filed a preliminary scoping document with the NYS Public Service Commission for a wind turbine project along 12 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline in Yates and Somerset.
The project would extend inland by 3 to 4 miles, the company said, in a community with residential, agricultural, lakefront, and seasonal recreational land. The company has been working on the controversial project for more than a year.
Apex says Lighthouse Wind will be a 201 meagwatt project. It will have up to 71 turbines if they are 2.85 MW each or 61 turbines if they are 3.3 MWs.

And now why we say “3 cheers for NY State Senator Ortt!” …

Continue reading 3 Cheers for NY state senator Rob Ortt!!!

Whew! Finally posted my complaint/comment to OPSB!

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Webmaster’s Note: I put off writing to the Ohio Power Siting Board, not just because I was so busy but I just didn’t know what to say exactly.  It was a little slow at first butwhen I started to compose my complaint/comment the old juices started to flow!

Maybe you’re having the same problem. What do I say?  I would recommend say what’s on your heart & mind. This is your community, not theirs and they need to know how much we regard our rural way of life as opposed to being turned into an industrial electrical generating plant!  I thought that I would share my “composition” with you in hope that it would be a “tiny spark” to light that big fire of expression you got goin’ on the inside of you!

So without further ado, here is what I sent off to the Ohio Power Siting Board..and don’t forget the case number is 15-1921-EL-BGA Continue reading Whew! Finally posted my complaint/comment to OPSB!

‘They don’t have all their ducks in a row’

Aaron Krause
Aaron Krause

Article by Aaron Krause • Nov 28, 2015

for Norwalk Reflector

GREENWICH — A developer of wind energy said Tuesday she’s excited to begin construction of a wind turbine park in rural Greenwich and looks forward to the project generating money for the community.

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Monica Jensen

But Jensen is way ahead of herself, according to an attorney for a group of rural Greenwich residents opposed to the project.

“They don’t have all their ducks in a row,” said the attorney, Sam Randazzo of the Columbus-area firm McNees Wallace & Nurick. He represents the group of residents calling themselves Greenwich Neighbors United.

The lawyer, who specializes in energy and Jensen were in the same room following a Greenwich Township Trustees meeting on Tuesday. After the township officials met, Randazzo explained to a roomful of residents who oppose the project that Jensen has work to do before construction can begin.

Jensen listened to Randazzo without expressing noticeable outward signs of disapproval. Continue reading ‘They don’t have all their ducks in a row’

OHIO POWER SITING BOARD RULES THAT THE GREENWICH WIND FARM CANNOT COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS

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Webmaster’s Note: This is a previous post but bears repeating!

On August 27, 2015, Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) issued a decision (in Case No 13-0990-EL-BGN) refusing to grant OMEGA’S September 23, 2014 application for rehearing contesting the OPSB’s decision granting Greenwich Windpark, LLC a conditional certificate to construct a wind-powered electric generation facility in Huron County, Ohio. The conditional certificate was issued by the OPSB on August 25, 2014. OMEGA contested the OPSB’s action based on claims that the OPSB issued the conditional certificate without complying with mandatory requirements in Ohio law.

While the August 27, 2015 OPSB decision rejected OMEGA’s claims regarding OPSB’s failure to follow the law, it confirmed that OMEGA’s correctly identified the requirements that Greenwich Windpark LLC must satisfy before it can commence construction. More specifically, the OPSB confirmed that Greenwich Windpark LLC cannot commence construction of a wind farm where 62% of the proposed 25 wind turbines violate Ohio’s minimum setback requirements until and unless Continue reading OHIO POWER SITING BOARD RULES THAT THE GREENWICH WIND FARM CANNOT COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS

Bipartisan budget deal seen making little difference on energy bill, wind PTC prospects

Webmaster’s Note:Rob Portman Further down this article you will see a reference to Senator Rob Portman’s support for continuing the PTC… I ask you, how clueless could a man be? With uproars all over the world ( Canada, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Australia, etc.) stemming from the the industrial wind blight, how can anyone subscribe to carrying on the PTC for the scam wind industry!Provided here is a link https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form to contact Sen. Portman and give him an education from those of us who are fighting the good fight! Ask yourself, is this guy really representing your best interests?

By By Esther Whieldon, \  November 2, 2015

for Governor’s Wind Energy Coalition

A new bipartisan budget deal is not likely to turn the tide in either direction on whether Congress extends wind production tax credits or passes a broad energy bill before the end of the year, according to experts.

Sources believe Congress is likely to wait until next year to pass a comprehensive energy bill — if it does so at all — given that the Senate would need to set aside a couple of weeks for action and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has yet to include a comprehensive bill on his list of priorities for the coming months. Continue reading Bipartisan budget deal seen making little difference on energy bill, wind PTC prospects

Blowing It On the Wind

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Bjørn Lomborg

OCT 21, 2015

BERLIN – When considering climate change, most people think wind turbines and solar panels are a big part of the solution. But, over the next 25 years, the contribution of solar and wind power to resolving the problem will be trivial – and the cost will be enormous.

The International Energy Agency estimates that about 0.4% of global energy now comes from solar and wind. Even in 2040, with all governments implementing all of their green promises, solar and wind will make up just 2.2% of global energy. This is partly because wind and solar help to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions only from electricity generation, which account for 42% of the total, but not from the energy used in industry, transport, buildings, and agriculture.

But the main reason why wind and solar power cannot be a major solution to climate change Continue reading Blowing It On the Wind

They’re not “wind farms, they’re “tax farms”

Webmaster’s note: This is a letter to the editor of the Arcade Herald, Arcade, New York. The writer has hit the proverbial “nail on the head” as she points out the wind energy scam in her community. I thought it important and to the point so I have made it a post, eventually it will be listed in the “letters to the editor” column at the top drop down menu of this page.

Dear Editor,

In the interest of making sure the voting public has all the facts, I am writing in regard to the article in last week’s newspaper, “High Sheldon Wind Farm draws out-of-state visitors.”

 Since Sheldon is a town that did sign on to turn itself into an industrial wind factory, it is not surprising that a Big Wind LLC would pay Sheldon Supervisor John Knab to do a speaking tour to try and sell their product in other areas of the country.  No doubt the wind industry has a list of their “go-to” guys that includes all such towns.

Neither is it surprising that these folks did not visit any of the other numerous towns in the area that decided against turning their towns into a wind factory.  Continue reading They’re not “wind farms, they’re “tax farms”

900 Tons of material to build just 1 wind turbinel!

August 15, 2015 by energyskeptic

You ought to watch “MidAmerican Energy Company – From the Ground Up: Building our energy future, one turbine at a time“. The pictures from the video below are also powerful since they capture how low the EROI of wind power must be when you can see the embodied fossil fuels used to build a wind turbine (plus dozens of worker and hundreds of worker and heavy-duty trucks not shown above).

Yet it doesn’t begin to capture all of the energy inputs to wind turbines. Notably, transmission is left out of the picture, and the natural gas plants to balance intermittent energy, the mining of the ores for iron and steel, or crushing of rocks to make Continue reading 900 Tons of material to build just 1 wind turbinel!

Buckeye Wind Farm case appealed to state Supreme Court

By Matt Sanctis for Dayton Daily News

Nov. 1, 2015

Opponents are appealing a decision by state officials to extend a deadline for developers to begin construction on the controversial Buckeye Wind Farm in Champaign County.

Last fall, the Ohio Power Siting Board voted unanimously to approve an extension for the first phase of the wind farm until 2018. That decision was important to developers because the certificate to build the project was scheduled to expire in 2016 said Jason Dagger, a spokesman for Everpower.

But members of Union Neighbors United, a group that has fought the project for several years, are appealing that decision to the Ohio Supreme Court. Court documents filed last month show UNU is arguing the OPSB and project developers did not follow the proper procedures when seeking an extension. They also argue Everpower, the company in charge of the project, failed to prove the extension was necessary. Continue reading Buckeye Wind Farm case appealed to state Supreme Court