By Matt Sanctis
Staff Writer for Dayton Daily News
A long-stalled, controversial wind farm in Champaign County recently took a big step toward construction but a debate over the future of Ohio’s renewable energy rules could continue to slow its development.
A committee of state lawmakers recommended last year that Ohio’s current freeze on mandates requiring a quarter of Ohio’s power to come from alternative and renewable sources should remain in place indefinitely. The incentives to use renewable energy could drive up costs and lead to job losses, the committee’s report argued.
Words cannot express the gratitude and the appreciation for all who made the Square Dance fund raiser an absolute success! A success, not just in terms of raising the necessary monies to fight the proposed wind turbine invasion, but in the way people came together to celebrate community! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy of the memories!
The Supreme Court of the state of Ohio has dismissed our case against the OPSB and Windlab. This ruling has more to do with procedure than the truth. We got involved too late, according to the rules that are presently in place that govern the siting of wind facilities.
This petition is against the wind energy transmission line that will run from a new Apex project in Van Wert county into Allen County. This high transmission line will run THROUGH the small village of Spencerville and THROUGH a children’s ball park! The port authority of Allen county will vote on Thursday whether or not to approve this project.
Webmaster’s Note: Wonder if he will be working for someone in the renewables sector?
Andre Porter will soon resign as Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chairman, according to sources. As soon as this week, Porter will say that he is stepping down to take a job out of state, according to three people who were briefed on the decision and spoke on condition of anonymity because they do business before the PUCO.
The immediate fate of 18 wind turbines in Logan County soon will be in the hands of the Logan County Commissioners, EverPower officials said at a Tuesday morning meeting to discuss the Scioto Ridge Wind development.
Chris Shears, the chief development officer for EverPower, and local project manager Jason Dagger said the company has filed formal paperwork with the Ohio Development Services Agency to request a payment in lieu of taxes for the Logan County portion of the project.
Hi Folks! It’s been a while. Hope all is well. I’ve been spending the last day or two delving into AWEA’s claims about wind. The pretty picture is not so pretty when you look at the facts.
For example, the claim that jobs are growing is still largely based on AWEA numbers, which includes direct/indirect and induced jobs. The induced wind job belongs to the guy who earned a part-time job at the local diner because of an influx of wind workers at a construction site. After all, we need more coffee servers during the AM rush. That job is gone when the project is built.
“Protest loudly, politely, and often, and sue at every turn. Expose greed and support sound science…. Finally, always speak from a position of integrity and truth and NEVER exaggerate the way the wind industry does. It is possible, though not expected, that eventually truth will win the day. Be proud because you have the truth on your side – whether you win or not.”
– Interview with Tom Stacy (below)
“Finally, the wind lobby is telling the press and environmental groups that freezing the mandate will cost tens of thousands of renewables manufacturing jobs in Ohio. But the truth is Ohio has manufacturing jobs because we have the infrastructure, the natural resources, the education opportunities and the skills to compete in manufacturing. More expensive electricity would hurt that competitive advantage and cost Ohio jobs on net.” Such is the usual fare from Tom Stacy, a determined Ohioan for consumers and taxpayers .
By Chris Aldridge Tribune Staff Writer Mar 4, 2016
BAD AXE — As plans progress for hundreds more wind turbines inHuron County, residents continue to fire their opposition at both developers and county officials.
This year, wind energy developers will push Huron’s turbine count toward 500 and beyond.
On Wednesday, residents skewered county planners for allowing that to happen, claiming they aren’t protecting residents and telling of the “hell” and “living nightmare” they’re now stuck with in the state’s unofficial wind capital.
Margo Barry lives in Oliver Township, where the only parts without wind turbines are Elkton and portions of the southeast corner of the township.
By James C. Hoffman for Union Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Apr 1, 2016
We who oppose the Apex “Clean Energy” project Lighthouse Wind, a proposed 600-foot, 70-unit commercial wind turbine installation in the townships of Somerset and Yates, have been accused of repeating myths about wind power that have been discredited by scientific research. Wrong!
After reviewing the current state of the commercial wind turbine industry, we have identified many undeniable facts attesting to the negative impact that a commercial wind turbine installation will have on our community. Further, we have made contact with individuals who have experienced firsthand the problems that are created by such installations, as they were unfortunate enough to Continue reading Facts, not myths, propel ‘wind farm’ opposition→
Contract with wind farm developer calls for millions in escrow Ford County Record by Will Brumleve 23 March 2016
PAXTON — The co-developer of a wind farm planned for northern Ford County and southern Kankakee County said that an escrow agreement approved by the Ford County Board last week calls for the developers to provide several million dollars in financial security to Ford County to cover repairs and improvements to public roads used to build the wind farm.
Jon Baker, project developer for San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, said construction of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm — an expansion of the recently built Pilot Hill Wind Farm — is expected to begin this spring.
The 184-megawatt wind farm is expected to feature 92 2-megawatt wind turbines, with about 60 to 65 of those turbines being located in Ford County and the remainder in Kankakee County, Baker said.
Columbus — A lawmaker panel that reviews rules proposed by state agencies would have increased power to ensure those offices aren’t adopting policies outside of the existing public process, under legislation being introduced in the Ohio Legislature.
Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington), the primary sponsors of the bills, want to make sure state offices are meeting the requirements for implementing new rules, particularly those that could hurt businesses.
“No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke
Volume No. 13 Issue No. 4 April 2016 Shadow flicker adds to wind farm health issues By Lindsey Harrison
The Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado, consisting of 145 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, became fully operational in October 2015. Since then, residents living within the wind farm project’s footprint have reported physical and psychological effects from the turbines.
According to the September 2015 issue of The New Falcon Herald, the issues range from feeling dizzy and nauseous to concerns about dirty electricity and the potential for the electromagnetic waves to cause atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat.
Posted on February 14, 2016 by Natural Gas Now Guest Blogger
Paul Driessen, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
Obama wants to punish the oil and gas industry to advance wind energy and other uneconomic renewables. So do Hillary, Bernie and Mike.
If you want more of something, mandate it, subsidize it and exempt it from regulations. If you want less of something, punish it with taxes and regulations. Put more bluntly, the power to tax and regulate is the power to destroy. This is the First Rule of Government.
No presidency has ever come close to the Obama Administration in employing the rule to advance its ideologies and agendas. No industry has been so favored as wind energy and other renewables over the past seven years. No sector has been so thoroughly vilified and subjugated as fossil fuels during that period.
Thankfully, Congress refused to impose a cap-tax-and-trade regime on carbon-based energy and U.S. jobs, families, economic growth and living standards. However, EPA and other Obama agencies simply replaced unsuccessful legislative initiatives with regulations, Continue reading Taxing Oil to Support Wind Energy Is Nuts!→
BUCYRUS – Opponents of the planned Black Fork wind farm in northern Crawford and Richland counties have been fighting the project ever since the first of three developers began acquiring land rights back in 2007.
They have had some success at delaying it, although market forces in the energy sector have had a lot more to do with the fact that there are still no wind turbines sticking up out of the ground between Shelby and Tiro.
Last week, however, opponents of the project lost a battle in their years-long war against the wind turbines.
LISTOWEL — Wind turbines tear apart communities and relationships, causing animosity that lingers for years, warn farmers who have lived through the ugly battles.
Don Winslow signed up in 2013 when a wind turbine company planned to build five turbines near Peterborough. Three months later, after immense public pressure and hostility, he couldn’t do it anymore.
“It relieved our stress tremendously (to cancel the contract),” the then-70-year-old Winslow told Farmers Forum. “We don’t have to sneak around the neighbours, hoping to not run into them. There is always an element of society that is going to go overboard but people I respected were just as upset as the real radicals.”
Are reputable companies operating in the south half of Van Wert County? Many of the area residents are being subjected to high-pressure sales techniques to either lease or waive property rights by companies that are in the business of harvesting government subsidies using wind energy as the tool of choice. It appears that four LLC’s are colluding to do business here as one developer with little liability and accountability. Ironically, these are registered in the state of Delaware, the only state in the nation, where ownership is hidden and protected compared to Ohio where ownership is revealed. This can easily turn into a financial disaster for our local governments and the wind site landowners.
The wind turbines that are proposed to be built in Greenwich are over 490 feet tall. Not only are they massive above the ground but sit on a footer that goes at least 30 feet into the earth.
Besides the damage done to field tile and compaction of soil, crop dusters or hospital emergency helicopters will not fly by them because of the potential danger.
They make lots of noise when the wind blows and when it doesn’t they will pull power from our Fireland’s Electric’s grid while, at the same time, piping the power generated out of our county. Wind is not consistent or strong in our small township. What does that mean to your electric bill!?!?
The constant stopping, slowing and starting of these wind factories is like tuming a power switch on and off and more electricity is used because of the surge. Statistically, rates rise in localities where wind businesses are located.
March 22, 2016 by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News
Wind energy developers have been looking at Palo Alto County since last year and presenting leasing contracts to local landowners. With many questions regarding these contracts, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Emmetsburg, held an informational meeting regarding legal issues to consider before signing anything on Tuesday, March 15 at the V.F.W. in Emmetsburg.
Forty-eight landowners were on hand to listen to Roger McEowen from Ankeny explain what landowners need to considered before signing any contracts. Roger is a Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS and Tax Director, Agribusiness and Cooperatives, Midwest Region, CliffLarsonAllen of West Des Moines.
“Three things that are very important with regards to any contract is NEVER sign anything without reading it and understanding it, all contracts need to be negotiated to create a more equitable agreement between the parties involved and ALWAYS have a lawyer review the contract first,” McEowen began.
Yann Joly is suing CSO Energy for €356,900 ($398,949.96) overwind turbines which he alleges have led to a dramatic fall in cows’ milk output
By Rory Mulholland, Paris 18 Sep 2015
A French dairy farmer is suing a wind energy company whose turbines have allegedly made his cows sick and led to a dramatic fall in their milk output.
An expert brought in to provide evidence to a Paris court confirmed that the 120 animals had been drinking much less water since the turbines were installed in early 2011.
This had led to a large drop in milk production, as cows need to drink at least three litres of water for every litre of milk they produce, and has damaged the cows’ general health, the expert said.
“The farmer is ruined,” Philippe Bodereau, his lawyer, told The Telegraph. His client, Yann Joly, is suing CSO Energy, which operates wind farms in France and Germany, for €356,900 ($398,949.96). Mr Joly wants the firm to remove its turbines.
Below is the Logan County Bellefontaine Examiner/s page 10 misleading full page ad placed by Everpower’s Jason Dagger promoting the Scioto Ridge Wind Factory in Hardin/Logan Counties and influencing the LC commissioners to approve a pilot.
Webmaster’s note:Geez, really if they are so about the community, why not pay their fair share of taxes like all the rest of us! Tax abatements are about making concessions in order to attract businesses and create long term jobs (and they don’t) which will prove to be profitable and good for the whole community not just a selected few!
Scott Gray chairs the Jefferson County Legislature says the county will not give tax deals to any wind projects in the county. “We look at it and say what are the benefits that it’s bringing and in this case many people don’t believe there is any benefit.” He says wind projects don’t bring jobs to the area.
There’s a debate happening in towns like Henderson, Clayton and Orleans over whether or not wind farms would be good additions to the Jefferson County landscape.
There are a couple projects in the works. One is slated for Galloo Island and the other along the St. Lawrence River.
Scott Gray chairs the Jefferson County Legislature. He says the county will not give tax deals to any wind projects in the county.
Brown County appears to be digging a deeper and deeper hole for itself as more facts come to light surrounding Duke Energy’s Shirley Windpower. After an unusually long almost 3 month delay in satisfying a resident’s open records request, the records ultimately provided expose that former Brown County Health Officer Chua Xiong feels ill when visiting the Shirley Wind facility. In an email to her intern Carolyn Harvey she states:
“Carolyn the times I have been out there by the Wind Turbines, l get such migraine headaches. I think I should take some preventative Tylenol before I head out there.”