Why are we here? Concerned citizens from Ohio want you to Get the Facts about industrial wind energy turbines before it is too late and our neighbors sign long-term leases. We hope to challenge what you believe to be true about this industry by exposing truths. If you wish to help us, please complete the form below…
On 5/6/16, Apex was DENIED permission to use the railroad between Van Wert/Allen counties to move the energy from their planned Southern Van Wert county wind site (35,000 acres)into Allen county at the Sellers Rd. substation. However, Apex has publicly stated that they will simply forge another route to get to that substation! Do you believe you live too far away to be impacted? Much of the land along Kemp Rd HAS been leased to Apex. There are only a handful of landowners who are saying NO to BigWind and how Apex will try to reach the substation is unknown. It could be North or South of the Village of Spencercille. ADDITIONALLY, a substitute HB 190 has been introduced in the Ohio House by Rep’s Tony Burkley and Tim Brown. This legislation proposes a ‘wind corridor’ through NW Ohio, which includes up to 27 counties and Allen county is in the middle of it! What does this mean? Industrial wind sites in this corridor would have special rules that make it easier for development, including shorter setbacks from your property!!! Additionally, a 5 year extension of tax breaks for the developers, encourage them to enter the corridor. The House is in recess and has not addressed this bill, yet.
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Our coalition of citizens are not opposed to truly clean energy. Wind is not the answer. Wind turbines do not reduce our dependence on foreign oil because we only produce a fraction of our energy from oil. More than 90% of America’s electricity is produced by gas, coal and nuclear. Wind turbines also do not produce anywhere near the amount of energy that they “claim” in the public eye. Statistics from the governmental, EIA, states that ALL wind farms in Ohio only produce LESS than or = 30% of their capacity. Even though the wind is free, we know that converting it into electricity is extremely expensive. How many businesses do you know that can survive by producing <30% of what they tell their customers? Even though BigWind produces very little of the electricity in the USA, they receive 42% of the electrical energy subsidies! This ultimately results in rising electricity rates wherever BigWind is largely present. Rising Rates Additionally, wind turbines actually increase our dependence on fossil fuels because they must always be backed up, in the fraction of a second, when the winds drop below a certain speed or cease to blow. This causes our fossil fuel plants to constantly “cycle”, something they were not designed to do. BigWind is a PARASITE! Read a funny explanation by Jimmy Fallon here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2014/11/12/jimmy-fallon-makes-the-worlds-best-argument-against-solar-and-wind-energy/3/
Not only are these conditions hard on the power plants, but it increases their emissions (b/c of cycling); therefore, any negative environmental effects of wind turbines are additive to fossil fuels. And, there are plenty of negative environmental effects. Search our website and you will learn of dirty/toxic Asian Neodymium mining, noise, low frequency infrasound, tons of concrete…and this does not include the tens of thousands of birds, including Eagles, and bats that are slaughtered by the industrial machines. What effect will massive bat deaths have on our MidWest farmers?
For the first time ever, the America Wind Energy Assoc. hosted an Ohio Wind Energy Summit. This should concern every citizen in Ohio. With each wind site taking 10-17,000 acres, they are planning an explosion across our great state. According to North American Wind Power, the goal is to double the capacity for wind power in Ohio by 2018; that means 300,000 acres will be consumed by wind turbines.
Industrial wind projects are approved or pending in the following counties:
Ashtabula, Champaign, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Hardin, Huron, Lake Erie, Mercer(halted), Logan, Mercer, Paulding, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, (Lake Erie). And wind sites, currently operational, usually have multiple ‘phases’ that will expand in the future.
If you still need convincing that our state is at risk, visit the Ohio Power Siting Board website http://www.opsb.ohio.gov/opsb/index.cfm/siting-case-breakdown/preapplication/ and review the preapplication and pending cases. Once land owners have leased enough land to developers, the company then submits an application to the OPSB. Our legislature gives complete control for approval/rejection to this governing body. You should find it interesting that zero wind applications have been rejected since its inception. Once the OPSB approves a development, the power then shifts to the county commissioners who will probably be asked to accept a PILOT (see our $ tab), also known as a complete tax abatement. A PILOT allows wind energy developers to give $ back to communities at a fraction of what they should be paying in taxes.
Please utilize the tabs on our website to educate yourself about our concerns. The map below is from the National Renewable Energy Lab. Ohio is not even considered a top 20 state for wind potential. http://smartplanet.com/blog/smart-takes/top-10-states-for-wind-power-in-the-united-states/4439 Additionally, click here for detailed wind information about Ohio Senate Bill310, which successfully passed the legislature in 2014. Tom Stacy SB 310 testimony 04.08.14
So, if we are not even in the ‘top 20’ for windy states, why are they here? $$$$$
1. Our legislators passed Senate Bill 221. Ohio law (Revised Code Section 4928.64) requires electric distribution utilities and electric services companies to secure a portion of their electricity supplies from alternative energy resources. In other words, we are now mandating that our electric companies purchase renewable power, whether they want to or not. Source (***UPDATE= 9/30/15 a Senate committee has ‘frozen’ these mandates, d/t the potential for increased electricity rates and uncertainty around the federal Clean Power plan.) Ohio ratepayers must also pay if new transmission lines are built to deliver wind from remote, unpopulated areas such as parts of Minnesota. Ohio citizens would see their electricity bills increase to pay for these transmission lines, even if we do not need, want or use any wind power at all, given Ohio’s abundant shale gas and relatively low electricity demand. BigWind requires new transmission lines for their energy.
Two-thirds of the cost of wind development is paid for by taxpayers. New subsidized power from remote states will be paid for by the ratepayer/taxpayer. How much does it cost YOU? Go to the energy subsidy calculator here http://www.ieu-ohio.org/mandate-cost-calculator.aspx
Additionally, there are almost 100 tax incentives given to developers:
State= 78 State incentives, Federal= 14 Federal incentives, Depreciation= MACRS depreciation, OAQDA= OAQDA, Production Tax Credit, the MACRS is 40% of the value of the PTC (see appendix)= loan guarantee
2. Ohio also has Senate bill 232, a P-I-L-O-T, also known as a Payment in Lieu of Taxes. This is a complete tax abatement for wind developers. It allows county commissioners to approve an annual payment, instead of paying traditional taxes (usually approximately $9000 instead of $45,000/turbine). Developers may only be paying 15% of their tax rate with this option. If county commissioners threaten to deny a PILOT, developers may threaten to pull their project. www.ohioline.osu.edu/cd-fact/pdf/4002.pdf
3. At the federal level is the existence of the Wind Production Tax Credit, also known as the PTC. It has been extended multiple times and has been in existence for most of the past 30 years. It is a tax, collected from all US taxpayers, that is provided as a subsidy to wind developers. It amounts to $0.022/kWh of electricity produced ($23/MW) for the first 10 years of a project’s life. (This is why many developers “sell” their wind farms before they hit the 10 year mark. Operating and Maintenance costs, coupled with the lack of the PTC, don’t make financial sense.) In actuality, it is worth closer to $0.034/kWh because it is applied after taxes. Look at your electric bill and you will see this is almost a 40% subsidy. A recent 1 year extension of the PTC by Congress is estimated to cost the taxpayer $12Billion. In 2014 and 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration, during times of peak demand, the average wholesale price of electricity was about $50 per megawatt-hour. Last winter (2015) in Texas, peak wholesale electricity prices averaged $21 per megawatt hour. Thus, on the national level, wind-energy subsidies are worth nearly half the cost of wholesale power, and in the Texas market, those subsidies can actually exceed the wholesale price of electricity. Click here for this reference http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436228/wind-energy-subsidies-billions
BUT WAIT, the other power producers enjoy subsidies, so the PTC just levels the playing field, right? NO!
In order to compare the industries, you must look at the subsidies per unit of production and the Institute for Energy Research did that. http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2011/08/03/eia-releases-new-subsidy-report-subsidies-for-renewables-increase-186-percent/
According to our Congressional Budget Office (CBO), wind is actually getting subsidies more than 12x that of oil and gas and 6.5x that of nuclear. Is this a level playing field? According to our CBO in March, 2013, almost 75% of energy subsidies for 2013 will go to renewable energy. Wind has led the renewable sector with a more than 10 fold increase in federal subsidies. Between the production tax credit and other advantages, it is estimated that BigWind is paid $56.29/MW (according to the EIA). Natural gas, oil and coal only receive 6.4cents and nuclear only receives $3.14. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/030714-692531-taxpayers-hit-hard-for-wind-subsidies.htm In 2015, BigWind received subsidies that were 3x the current pricing of natural gas.
Why are the wind energy developers in Ohio? They are here for the cash, period. Would you be interested in helping us spread the truth amongst your neighbors and friends? If so, please contact us via the form. Thank you!
NREL national wind map
My family and my self’s lives have been completely devastated and turned upside down by the erection of 27 giant wind monsters in every direction from our home by the Wind Capital Group and Tom Carnahan, as close as 1500 feet from our home. They surround us. They keep us from sleeping at night and drive us crazy by day, as I try to care for our World Class AQHA and APHA horses. They’ve ruined the equity in our farm that took us 15 hard years to create. They’ve ruined the marketability of our farm, not that we ever even considered selling, or moving. Now we have no choice. We just bought a house in town, and will be, regrettably, abandoning our precious home. —Charlie Porter, King City, Missouri