GOP hoists ax over green tax break

By Zack Colman
forthe Washington Examiner

December 3, 2014


A subsidy that benefits the wind energy industry is likely to be renewed by the House on Wednesday, but it will be on the chopping block in the next Congress.

The House is due to vote on a year-long extension of expiring or lapsed tax credits, known as extenders. The most expensive is a credit for electricity generated from renewable sources, mainly wind power. It is unclear whether House Democrats will offer an alternative.

This production tax credit already expired this year. The extension would be retroactive, even though many House Republicans would like it to stay dead. Continue reading GOP hoists ax over green tax break


House votes to extend massive package of expired tax breaks


House votes to extend massive package of expired tax breaks _ but only through end of month

indexWASHINGTON (AP) — The House rushed through a last-minute measure Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks for banks, investment firms, commuters and NASCAR track owners.

The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns. It would add nearly $42 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

The more than 50 tax breaks benefit big corporations and small businesses, as well as teachers and people who live in states without a state income tax. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“With the end of the year and a new tax filing season rapidly approaching, we need to act,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “The IRS has been clear that unless Congress acts quickly, it will be forced to delay the start of the tax filing season.” Continue reading House votes to extend massive package of expired tax breaks


GNU’s Chili Rally & Raffle – A Big Success!

big thank youWell, the Greenwich Neighbors United Chili Rally & Raffle has past, but it certainly will not be forgotten! The show of community support from all who donated raffle items as well as putting in their time and creative abilities to work to make this event happen is nothing less than amazing!

We have much to be thankful for, our community has rallied in support in just saying “NO” to industrial wind facility intrusion, not only in Greenwich, but in all of Ohio! Make no mistake about it, we are just getting started and this will be a hard fight! Keep your eyes on future announcements and events which will be posted here on this website and on our Facebook page as well.  Now let’s go back and revisit our GNU Rally & Raffle from last Thursday by perusing through some pictures of the event, enjoy! Watch the slide screen presentation or click on the “show thumbnails” for complete gallery. Please be patient as the pictures load, there are a lot of them !


Fighting Big Wind – The Greenwich Story

Todd Hill for the Telegraph-Forum
November 7, 2014

“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


Professor Ross McKitrick: Wind turbines don’t run on wind, they run on subsidies.

economics101As STT followers are acutely aware, wind power is an economic and environmental fraud. Because wind power can only ever be delivered at crazy, random intervals – and, therefore, never “on-demand” – it will never be a substitute for those generation sources which are – ie hydro, nuclear, gas and coal (see our posts here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here).

Were it not for government mandates – backed by a constant and colossal stream of subsidies (see our post here) – wind power generators would never dispatch a single spark to the grid, as they would never find a customer that would accept power delivered 30% of the time (at best) on terms where the vendor can never tell customers just when that power might be delivered – if at all (see our post here).

Ultimately, it’ll be the inherently flawed economics of wind power that will bring the greatest* rort of all time to an end. The policies that created the wind industry are simply unsustainable and, inevitably, will either fail or be scrapped.

* Rort: a fraudulent or dishonest act or practice. “a tax rort”,  a  wild party.  (Australian slang).


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Climate Rhetoric vs. Reality

By  Robert Bryce

September 25th, 2014


It has been a curious experience to watch the news about the “largest climate march in history” from Japan. There weren’t any marches here in Tokyo. Indeed,, the group that was a lead organizer of the march in New York City, doesn’t even appear to have a presence in Japan.

The energy-related headlines in the Asian newspapers over the past week or so haven’t been about climate change or the march in New York City. They have largely been about nuclear and coal. And therein lies the mismatch between the rhetoric of the marchers and organizers, and the hard realities of the global energy market.

Sure, some 300,000 people showed up in Manhattan to express their desire for action on carbon dioxide emissions. But if the marchers and the organizers behind the march are serious about addressing climate change, then they should be holding a march against coal use. Instead, according to a key observation on the march made by Ed Crooks, a reporter for the Financial Times, the marchers were overwhelmingly demonstrating against, wait for it . . . natural gas.

In a Twitter message, Crooks wrote, “Anti-fracking signs here outnumber anti-coal signs by more than 10:1.” In another Twitter message, Crooks noted that anti-fracking signs were “by far the most popular” and that there were “possibly even more” signs about hydraulic fracturing than there were about climate. Continue reading Climate Rhetoric vs. Reality


Sherrod Brown’s Response To My Letter

Note from Webmaster: I received the following response by email from Senator Sherrod Brown on September 18th of this year. Less than two months later I found the Senator not quite up on his facts. At least not according to the American Wind Energy Association statistics. There are a number of other interesting figures this decidedly pro wind website has to offer and you can check them out here

Their figures concerning jobs read more like this:

  • Total direct and indirect jobs supported in 2013: 2,001-3,000. State Rank: Ohio ranks 12th for number of wind-related jobs.

 Some other little tidbits I also find interesting were the following:

  • Percentage of Ohio’s electricity provided by wind in 2013: 0.8 percent
  • Equivalent number of homes Ohio wind farms now power: over 100,000 average Ohioan homes
  • Wind power is capable of meeting more than 98 percent of the state’s current electricity needs. (at best this statement is delusional, at worst it is disingenuous!)

To think of the millions, yes,  billions of dollars spent on wind energy in Ohio and the best we can do is wind’s paultry o.8 percent portion of total production? How did this even become a selling point? And so far as the seemingly impressive reference to 100,000 average Ohio homes being powered by wind farms, well that’s a bit of a misnomer and quite a bit dishonest. Why? Because if your were one of those homes powered by just wind farms (as the statistic seems to suggest), because of wind’s intermittent nature you would be definitely experiencing disruptions in service a.k.a. blackouts; brownouts! Continue reading Sherrod Brown’s Response To My Letter


Response from Congressman Bob Gibbs to letter written by Marcia Ledet

State Senator Bob Gibbs, 2009 Ohio (Sentate photo)Webmaster’s note:
Congressman Gibbs has been very ambiguous and non-committed regarding any firm stance on subsidies and the general “out of control ” behavior of Big Wind Developers, especially in our area. I believe you  will still see this same thread running through his response to Mrs. Ledet.  In a meeting that I had attended in Norwalk, I asked him to comment on our situation and I remember his response having something to do about the “property rights”  of land owners. Too bad that at that time I did not have an answer like the one Kevon Martis shared with us…” A man has every right to swing his arms any way he wants to  until at some point he makes contact with my nose!” I also wrote to him a couple months back and received the same middle of the road  political rhetoric. And, even though he too was invited  ( by formal invitation and by me personally)  to our  informational gathering back in September, he nor anyone from his office was noticeably absent. I believe we should not take for granted that  our interests are being served by Congressman Gibbs in the same manner as we have experienced from both State Representative Terry Boose and State Senator Gayle Manning. Please write to Congressman Gibbs and continue to voice your concerns.! Encourage him to just say no to special interests and truly represent us, his constituents. Continue reading Response from Congressman Bob Gibbs to letter written by Marcia Ledet


Top Meteorologist: Climate Change PROVED to be ‘Nothing But a Lie’

THE debate about climate change is finished – because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world’s leading meteorologists has claimed.

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.

Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.

“The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).

“I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.”

Mr Coleman said he based many of his views on the findings of the NIPCC, a non-governmental international body of scientists aimed at offering an ‘independent second opinion of the evidence reviewed by the IPCC.’He added: “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.”Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.

“There has been no warming over 18 years.” Continue reading Top Meteorologist: Climate Change PROVED to be ‘Nothing But a Lie’


After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom — and glut

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom — and glut
By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer
Updated 12:19 am, Thursday, October 30, 2014


TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country’s sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.

Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt solar-panel facility, set up earlier this year in a former rice paddy near his home in southwestern Japan.

But Kyushu Electric Power Co., the utility to which he must sell his electricity, has recently placed on hold all new applications for getting on its grid. Four other utilities have made the same announcement and two more announced partial restrictions.

The utilities say they can’t accommodate the flood of newcomers to the green energy business, throwing in doubt the future of Japan’s up-to-now aggressive strategy on renewable energy. Another challenge is that supplies of power from sources such as solar are not reliable enough or easily stored.

“Kyushu electric shock is spreading in a domino effect,” said Oba. “It’s like fraud on the national level, with utility companies and the government in cahoots with each other.” Continue reading After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom — and glut


Gov. Kasich and Ohio Senate President Oppose Freezing Green Energy Mandates

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May 9, 2014

by Stephanie Kreuz
Watchdog Wire

Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Keith Faber made clear in a press release this week that they support mandating renewable energy. Even though energy mandates are costing job creators and consumers.

The senate recently passed S.B. 310, which pauses an Ohio “green energy” mandate. Currently Ohio’s Renewable and Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard (RAEPS) requires electricity suppliers produce at least 2.5 percent of their output using so-called renewable energy.

Continue reading Gov. Kasich and Ohio Senate President Oppose Freezing Green Energy Mandates


FAQ — The Grid

How does the electrical grid work?

Very simply, supply must be continuously matched to demand. There is no large-scale storage of electricity on the grid.

What is the difference between base and peak load?

Load is the amount of power in the electrical grid.

Base load is the level that it typically does not go below, that is, the basic amount of electricity that is always required.

Peak load is the daily fluctuation of electricity use. It is usually lowest in the wee hours of the morning and highest in the early evening. It also varies seasonally.

Are base and peak loads provided differently?

Base load is typically provided by large coal-fired and nuclear power stations. They may take days to fire up, and their output does not vary.

Peak load, the variable part of the electrical supply and demand, is provided by more responsive and smaller plants whose output can be quickly ramped up and down or that can even be quickly turned on and off.

How does wind power affect base load?

Wind power has no effect on base load. However, since base load providers can not be ramped down, if wind turbines produce power when there is no or little peak load, the extra electricity has to be dumped. Continue reading FAQ — The Grid


‘Clean Energy’ Ruined Spain; now Obama is Dragging the US Over the Same Green Precipice


2 Jun 2014
“Feeding the masses on unicorn ribs”. That was how Walter Russell Mead once poured scorn on Obama’s misbegotten attempts to revive the US economy by creating five million “green jobs.”

Mead was quite right, of course. And there was plenty of evidence to back him up, such as the 2009 report by a Madrid university professor Gabriel Calzada Alvarez that for every expensive “green job” created by government subsidy, 2.2 jobs were destroyed in the real economy.

The Obama administration responded as only the Obama administration knows how: by calling in its left-wing attack dogs. Friendly organisations including George Soros’s Center for American Progress and various well-funded wind industry lobbyists were recruited to monster this unhelpful evidence, which was dismissed for its “lack of rigor.”

It’s in this context we need to view the Environmental Protection Agency’s dispiriting announcement of its latest swingeing assault on US industry – disingenuously billed as a “commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.”

The pain will be felt most acutely, of course, in the coal-producing states. But the damage will extend right across America for at least one very simple reason which was perfectly evident five years ago when Obama launched his “green jobs” scheme and is even clearer now: the expensive, unreliable, intermittent renewable energy which Obama and the EPA are trying to promote is no substitute for the cheap, abundant, reliable fossil fuel energy which Obama and the EPA are trying to kill.

Continue reading ‘Clean Energy’ Ruined Spain; now Obama is Dragging the US Over the Same Green Precipice


“Climate science is NOT settled” – Headline in Wall Street Journal


The idea that climate science is settled is “misguided,” writes leading scientist Steven E. Koonin.

“My training as a computational physicist—together with a 40-year career of scientific research, advising and management in academia, government and the private sector—has afforded me an extended, up-close perspective on climate science,” say Koonin.

Dr. Koonin was undersecretary for science in the Energy Department during President Barack Obama’s first term and is currently director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University.)*

The crucial question isn’t whether the climate is changing, says Koonin. That is settled. “The climate has always changed and always will. Geological and historical records show the occurrence of major climate shifts, sometimes over only a few decades.”

Continue reading “Climate science is NOT settled” – Headline in Wall Street Journal


Greenwich Wind Farm costing taxpayers more than its worth


— 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


Michael McCann | “Property Value Impact and Zoning Evaluation”

The Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition, a newly formed group opposing the location of wind turbines in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School.

Mike McCann, a property appraiser from Chicago, talked about the effects wind farms have on property values.

Mr. McCann is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser from Chicago, IL.  He has 30 years of specialized experience in evaluating property damage claims.  Since 2005, Mr. McCann has studied the impact of industrial wind farms on nearby property values, testifying as a qualified expert witness as to his findings in the market. Clicking on the link below will allow you to play the video of this event in your favorite media player.



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  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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Resistance to renewing production tax credits is growing on Capitol Hill!

by Christine Harbin Hanson

Opposition to handouts for wind energy is growing at the grassroots level, and it appears that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are beginning to take note. Congressman Mike Pompeo recently released a “Dear Colleague letter” with the signatures of over 50 of his House Colleagues, calling on Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McCarthy to reject efforts to extend expired tax incentives for wind energy.

“We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire,” this year’s letter reads.

Continue reading Resistance to renewing production tax credits is growing on Capitol Hill!


Keepin’ It Real & Alive!


A valuable resource for those of you interested in writing letters to the editor has just been added. You will find this resource above under the title “Contact Local Newspapers”. The list is covering the area surrounding us here in Greenwich. As always, remember to keep on “target” with 2 or 3 “talking points”. Most all newspapers have a word limit of 250-350 words. Phone numbers are included if you should want to call to verify specifics with that particular newspaper. Also, postal addresses are included if that is the way you would like to correspond.

We have labored to be accurate as of this writing but should you find any discrepancies, hit the “comment” button above this post (just under the title) and leave us a “heads up”. If you can think of any other publications that should be included here, again, hit the “comment”
button and let us know.

Last, but not least, your many voices being heard in our community will help keep the momentum of Greenwich Neighbors United message alive and will be an opportunity for each of us to take advantage of our first amendment rights!


Farm Bureau Members Call To Action!

The attorney and lobbyist representing Greenwich Neighbors United have requested that all Farm Bureau members (who feel that the bureau’s position does not represent their own regarding an industrial wind facility in Greenwich) to please contact the OPSB by clicking the icon to the left and let them know the Farm Bureau does not speak for you! You will be taken immediately to the “contact” form necessary to let your voice be heard. Always refer to case #13-0990-EL-BGN in your correspondence. If you are not a “bureau member” but know someone who is, please let them know about this effort as well. Together we can make a difference!


Latest Press Releases

Please scroll down to see previous releases!

Press Release
March 18, 2015

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United


Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU), a group of property owners who joined together to coordinate efforts to voice concerns about a proposed industrial-size wind park in Huron County, sent the Ohio Energy Mandate Study Committee a letter to tell their story about how this proposed wind development will ruin their peaceful and tranquil community if the turbines are erected. The case is currently pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), Case number 13-990-EL-BGN.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of GNU, thought it was important for members of this legislative committee to hear from a local community who is faced with the possibility of a wind park destroying their community. The proposed wind development will have 25 turbines, each 490.5 feet tall with rotor diameters of up to 383 feet, and covering 4,650 acres of land.

Ledet explained that GNU was formed to educate the community and public officials about the risks of wind turbines and the developers who place profits over local interests. We have done this on our own time and at our own expense. We have held numerous public meetings, bake sales, raffled off home-made pies, held a chili rally, distributed yard signs, put informational brochures in pizza boxes, and held a soup and song event all to educate the community and raise funds to make sure that our concerns are responsibly addressed before a wind farm developer is allowed to invade and exploit our community.

GNU requested that the Ohio Energy Mandate Study Committee make a recommendation that the General Assembly either repeal or indefinitely suspend any further escalation in the energy mandates compliance quantities. Attached is the letter that was sent to the Committee.
Press Release
February 4, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) is hosting an event for the community to discuss the potential Greenwich Windpark development. The proposal is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board, (Case #13-99-EL-BGN). The event, “Soups, Songs, and Sam” is scheduled for February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at South-Central (K-8) School.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson for GNU, said “Some members of the community are very engaged in the issue of the possibility of wind turbines being erected in Greenwich and they want to know what they can do to stop them. There are other members of the community who are just learning about the wind turbines and are thirsty for more information. So, we decided to host a casual event, with some entertainment and an opportunity for our attorney, Sam Randazzo, to bring the community up-to-date on the case and other developments about wind energy in Ohio.”

Matt Missey, local celebrity and wood carver, will be performing that night and is donating one of his original wood sculptures to be raffled off.

The Ohio General Assembly continues to look at the issue of wind energy through the Energy Study Mandate Committee which is having its next meeting on February 5 at the Statehouse. In addition, the Ohio Power Siting Board requested comments from the public about proposed rule changes that modify the minimum distance or “setback” requirements that apply to wind farms. These issues will be discussed at the February 22nd event. All members of the community are invited.

Press Release
January 29, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Members of Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) traveled to Lansing, Michigan on January 20th to attend the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition (IICC) Energy Summit. The event was held at the Kellogg Center and was the grassroots coalition’s first summit on energy. GNU members Kevin and Marcia Ledet, along with Dennis Albert participated in the event and demonstration outside of the Kellogg Center. (Photos are attached.)

The IICC is comprised of citizens who are dedicated to raising public awareness of the potential impacts from the construction of industrial turbines. Steven Transeth, a former member of the Michigan Public Service Commission; State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Valerie Brader, Gov. Rick Snyder’s energy adviser; Tom Stacy, an independent energy analyst; and Cal Peters, a retired analyst from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality all attended the summit. The IICC’s meeting was going on simultaneously while the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was also meeting in the same facility. The AWEA is a trade association whose members include manufacturers of industrial wind turbines and related systems.

GNU member Dennis Albert, said the event was very informative and got a little interesting when members of IICC learned that a reporter was asked to leave from the AWEA meeting. A reporter from Michigan Capitol Confidential, who was originally allowed to sit in on the AWEA meeting, was asked to leave within five minutes of the meeting starting. Kevon Martis, Director of IICC, responded to the news by saying, “We welcome media of all types. We welcome any facet of the environmental movement. We’d be pleased if Michael Moore would stop in and chat with us because we’re here for a dialogue. We know the facts. We know the science and we’re here to have a chat.”

Kevin Ledet praised the summit as a great educational opportunity to learn more about the harmful impacts of wind turbines. He will report back to the community at the next public meeting scheduled for February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at South-Central (K-8) School.


Press Release
January 20, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United


Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) is a large and growing group of local property owners who have joined together to promote safety and well-being in their community. Among other things, GNU has been actively involved in regulatory proceedings that are related to proposals by wind farm developers to advance projects that will forever alter areas where people live, work and play. Recently, GNU and Union Neighbors United (UNU) filed comments that raise issues and concerns regarding the Ohio Power Siting Board’s (OPSB) proposed rules in Case No. 12-1981-GE-ORD.

In December, the OPSB invited the public to file comments on proposed changes to Ohio Administrative Code Section 4906-4-08, one of the OPSB’s rules. As a result of legislative changes that modified the minimum distance or “setback” that apply to wind farms, the proposed rules touched on the new setback requirement.

The comments which GNU and UNU filed explain that the OPSB has failed, since September 2008, to promulgate required regulations regarding such things as the location erection, construction, reconstruction, change, alteration, maintenance, removal, use, or enlargement, aesthetics, recreational land use, wildlife protection, ice throw, sound and noise levels, blade shear, shadow flicker, decommissioning, and necessary cooperation for site visits and enforcement investigations. The absence of these required regulations means that individual property owners that may be negatively affected by the ambitions of wind farm developers must take on greater responsibility, at their own expense, to navigate through the OPSB’ challenging process.

GNU’s comments also explain that the proposed rules are in conflict with Ohio law because they allow a wind farm developer to evade the minimum setback requirement if the developer secures a waiver from property owners adjacent to a noncompliant wind turbine. Ohio law states that no such waiver is valid until and unless all property owners adjacent to the wind farm property (not just a turbine) execute a waiver and the waiver has been obtained pursuant to the procedure specified by the OPSB. Senator Bill Seitz, Chair of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee, has previously filed comments with the OPSB which indicate that a waiver is not valid unless all property owners within and adjacent to the wind farm property properly execute a waiver. GNU’s comments also point out that the OPSB’s proposed rules do not identify the procedure by which a waiver must be secured.

These waiver-related defects in the proposed rules are of particular concern to GNU since 62% of the wind turbines that a wind farm developer wants to place near Greenwich, Ohio violate the minimum setback requirement and many of the adjacent property owners are opposed to the wind farm.

Comments regarding the OPSB’s proposed rules can be viewed through the OPSB’s website, .

To learn more about GNU, the work that it is doing to protect the rights of local property owners and the status of the OPSB’s proceeding regarding the Greenwich Wind Park, an event is scheduled on February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at South-Central (K-8) School.

Press Release
January 6, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, are hopeful that changes in the state regulatory climate and uncertainty on tax credits from the federal government will stop the Greenwich Windpark from moving forward.

During 2014, the Ohio legislature passed several laws which impact wind development in this state. SB 310 which was signed into law in June, places a two-year freeze on state standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It also established a study committee which will be active in 2015 to look at additional changes to the prior mandate. HB 483 increased the minimum setback requirements between wind turbines and adjacent property owners. Prior to the enactment of HB 483, the turbine had to be 1,125 feet from an inhabited structure on neighbor’s property. The new law requires the turbine to be at least 1,125 feet from the neighboring property line.

In addition, the wind farm developers continue to face uncertainty in regard to the renewable-energy production tax credit. Prior to Congress adjourning in 2014, the tax credit was extended, but only for 2014. The wind developers have no guarantee that it will be extended for 2015 or beyond.

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) granted the application for rehearing, filed by OMEGA Crop Corporation (Case #13-990-EL-BGN) in October, after receiving an outpouring on opposition from the community and local and state officials. The case is still pending at the OPSB. Chairman Ledet is pleased with the developments around the state and at the national level, and urges all the neighbors to continue to talk to their policymakers about the concerns of the Greenwich Windpark. Ledet said, “GNU will keep the community updated on developments through education materials, upcoming meetings, and through our website, and other social media. Our fight is far from over.”

Press Release
November 21, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Over 850 Ohio residents who are threatened with the prospect of industrial wind development in their communities sent a letter to Governor Kasich outlining the repeated and continuing failures of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to protect them from loss of their property rights and respect adjacent property owners ‘right to protect and enjoy their property. Signers of this letter come from Champaign, Logan, Hardin, Mercer, Crawford, Richland, Seneca, Greene, Shelby, Huron, Van Wert, Auglaize and other counties.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said that he and others in the community signed on to the letter as a way to bring these issues to the attention of the Governor and legislative leadership. The letter requests a halt to the OPSB’s consideration of any active wind power siting case until lawful rules are established that faithfully implement the laws passed by the General Assembly.

“Citizens of Ohio are coming together to join forces and educate one another about the harmful impact the industrial wind turbines have on communities, “ Ledet stated. In our letter, we have asserted that the OPSB has not adopted rules that adequately and faithfully implement the requirements established by Ohio’s General Assembly , and has acted in ways that confuse citizens interested in exercising and protecting their rights. (Attached is a copy of the letter.)

Greenwich Neighbors United is a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, a proposal pending before the OPSB, Case #13-990-EL-BGN. Many of the members of the group are also members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and have asked the Farm Bureau to revisit its practice of supporting industrial wind farm developers’ proposals that damage property values, destroy farmland, increase the risk of damage to property and injury to people, destroy recreational areas and seek to permanently alter the character of communities.


Press Release
November 19, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Greenwich Neighbors United hosted a very successful community event on Friday, November 14 at South Central K-8 School. GNU sponsored the event to help educate members of the community about the proposed wind turbine project. In addition to the chili supper, there was a raffle, auction and entertainment. The event rose over $5,800.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “We are so thankful to the many merchants who contributed merchandise and our neighbors who attended the event and bid on these items. We raffled off 48 baskets and auctioned some bigger items, including a beautiful handmade quilt.”

Ledet said, some of the highlights of the event were a bidding war over Bonnie Rhine’s blueberry pie, which finally sold for $50.00, and the auctioning off of a container of James Hale’s famous chili, leftover from the event.

“Most importantly, our community came together, had fun and helped educate one another about the wind turbine project proposed for Greenwich Township. We cannot give up our fight to stop these turbines from being erected in our peaceful and tranquil community. And, we will continue to reach out to all community members to provide information and support one another in this on-going battle.”

The pending proposal is before the Ohio Power Siting Board, case #13-990-EL-BGN.


Press Release
November 3, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Greenwich Neighbors United are inviting all members of the community and the surrounding areas to get together for chili and conversation on Friday, November 14 beginning at 5:00 pm at South Central K-8 School.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “There are still a lot of unanswered questions and concerns about the proposed wind project and we want to help answer some of those questions for members of the community. We are hosting a fundraiser/community event so neighbors can get together and talk about the status of the wind turbines in a casual and fun setting. We hope everyone in the community takes part in this event, even those members who are neutral or in support of the wind turbine project.”

What: Chili and Conversation Get Together
When: Friday, November 14, 2014
Where: South Central K-8 School
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Serving Chili
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Raffle, Fun, and Fellowship
Cost: Donation
Who: All Members of the Community of Greenwich and Surrounding Areas

Press Release
October 23, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) granted the application for rehearing, filed by OMEGA Crop Corporation (Case #13-990-EL-BGN), to afford the Board additional time to consider the issues raised by OMEGA. On September 23, 2014, an application for rehearing was filed by OMEGA, which is a farming business in Greenwich, and an adjacent property owner to the proposed wind turbines. The application for rehearing stated that there are legal and other problems that are present in the case; a case where 62% of the proposed 25 turbines will violate the minimum setback requirements that apply under prior law (and more aggressively violate the minimum setback requirements that are contained in current law).

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, are pleased that the Board is finally listening to the many members in the community who have filed comments with the OPSB.
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “We are very happy that the OPSB is going to review all the issues that were raised in the application for rehearing, and hopefully, determine that the proposed wind park is not in the best interest of our community. We are thankful for all the members of our town that wrote to the OPSB about their concerns and opposition to these turbines.” Ledet, also stated that he appreciated the assistance of the local officials, including Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), who submitted letters in support of the application for rehearing.

The OPSB has an unlimited amount of time to review the case, and Ledet urges his neighbors to continue to write to the OPSB about their concerns. Ledet added the Greenwich Neighbors United will keep the community updated on any developments and continue to educate their neighbors on the harmful effects of wind turbines. “The more people know about these turbines, the less they like them,” said Ledet.


Press Release
October 13, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, are informing the community that the wind turbines proposed by Greenwich Windpark are too close to places where people live, work and recreate. Attached are pictures that illustrate what Greenwich will look like if this development moves forward.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “These pictures help show why the community and local officials are upset about the Ohio Power Siting Board’s decision to grant a certificate to Greenwich Windpark developers over the objections of hundreds of community members. That’s why we have filed an application for rehearing and urge our neighbors to file comments with the OPSB in opposition to the Windpark.” (Case #13-990-EL-BGN)

“In addition, we are also asking members of the community who are members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and Huron County Farm Bureau to let the OPSB know that they do not speak for them. Many people in the community are upset with the Farm Bureau for making comments in this case that are in opposition to their members. They should be helping us keep our farming community vibrant and beautiful, not trying to destroy it,” Ledet added.

Press Release
October 6, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, continue to gain support in the community and from local officials in their quest to seek rehearing in Case #13-990-EL-BGN, pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).

Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Representative Boose (R-Norwalk), submitted letters to the OPSB requesting that the Board approve the application for rehearing filed by OMEGA Crop Corp., which is a farming business in Greenwich , and an adjacent property owner to the proposed wind turbines.

Senator Manning stated, “If granted, a rehearing will ensure Omega and its interests as a component of Huron County’s economy will be considered fully, and in accordance with Ohio Revised Code.”

Representative Boose added, “Due to a number of concerns listed in their appeal, I am hopeful that the Power Siting Board will allow for a rehearing to ensure that these issues are addressed.”

In addition, Senator Seitz (R-Cincinnati) also filed a letter of support with the OPSB to find that OMEGA Crop Company has standing and should be granted a rehearing. His letter states, “The application indicates that there are legal and other problems that are present in the case; a case where 62% if the proposed 25 turbines will violate the minimum setback requirements that apply under prior law (and more aggressively violate the minimum setback requirements that are contained in current law).” Seitz is a non-voting member of the OPSB,

Chairman Ledet is pleased with the outpouring of support that Greenwich Neighbors United is getting in the community and from leaders around the state.


Wind turbines aren’t as beneficial as proponents say

Clipboard01Monica Jensen of Windlab development attempted to liken the noise of trains to that of wind turbines. Although train horns are loud at railroad crossings and are annoying, they save lives whereas wind turbines are constant and have been documented to be detrimental and cause health issues.

Jensen also boasted of 60,000 megawatts of wind power being generated in the United States. This is very minute compared to coal power generated. She also degraded our coal-powered plants for being 40 to 60 years old. They are still some of the cleanest in the world. Jensen failed to mention that wind turbines are very expensive to erect, high-maintenance and short-lived. They are equally expensive to dismantle and will leave behind in the earth over 800 tons of rebar and 15,000 cubic yards of concrete in the footers. All of this is mostly done with our tax money. Continue reading Wind turbines aren’t as beneficial as proponents say


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