Wind electricity cannot free us from fossil fuels, it locks us into fossil fuels- George Taylor
(The wind and solar industries are trying to flip the property rights issue known as trespass zoning into an issue concerning the “rights” of a neighbor to do whatever they want on their land even if it harms their neighbor. This argument would put strip joints next to schools and artillery ranges next to churches. Come on! Zoning exists to separate incompatible uses and zoning always measures from property lines.)
What is proper siting for something that doesn’t work? John Droz, NC physicist
Why are we here? Concerned citizens from Ohio want you to Get the Facts about industrial wind (&solar) 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.
**2020 Alert** 2600 acre industrial solar site planned for Allen/Auglaize and Logan counties. This is NOT a typo, 2600 acres. And 16 more sites are in the works…
In 2014, the Ohio legislature enacted a 1,125 foot setback from the property line for BigWind. This setback is protective of citizens and property rights, as all setbacks are measured from property lines. Recently in 2019, legislation was proposed to significantly SHORTEN this setback and BigWind hired a lobbying firm to aggressively pursue our Senators. Why? Every turbine means millions in taxpayer credits and subsidies. BigWind is constantly looking for ways to change our laws! If BigWind is successful, Ohio will be aggressively pursued for new turbine sites. It is important to note, that despite what you may hear from the windustry, Ohio setbacks are NOT restrictive. We have found HUNDREDS of setbacks MUCH greater all over the country and globe…in fact, once BigWind has entered an area, setbacks are often revisited and INcreased due to the problems that come with industrial wind. (need proof? Check HERE ) Continue reading below, for more details about ‘how’ we, the taxpayers pay for BigWind.
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Our coalition of citizens are not opposed to truly clean energy. Wind is not (nor is solar) the answer. Wind turbines do not reduce our dependence on foreign oil because we only produce a fraction of our energy from oil. Turbines will NOT cause coal/gas/nuclear to close. More than 90% of America’s electricity is produced by gas, coal and nuclear. Wind turbines simply do not produce anywhere near the amount of energy that they “claim” in the public eye. Their energy is not as dense. 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. In fact, the more turbines that are turned on means we need MORE natural gas and coal. BigWind is a PARASITE!
We could employ a lot more people in farming if we mandated the use of horses for agricultural labor (and horses, too), but this would lead to a drop in productivity and make everyone worse off. This is what we are doing in the energy sector by utilizing energy sources that are less productive than traditional generating assets. These jobs do not reflect the growth of a new productive sector of the economy, rather they reflect government-imposed inefficiencies that are driving up costs-Center of the American Experiment
What will more BigWind mean to Ohio?
www.energyxxi.org/sites/default/themes/brickthemes/pdfs/EU_Report.pdf This link breaks down, by state and industry, the impacts of rising electricity rates d/t renewable energy policies.
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 10-35,000 acres, they are planning an explosion across our great state. Still skeptical? BigWind is now sprawling across Paulding and Hardin counties and attempting to enter Seneca county and beyond!
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 (halted 2018!), (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. They throw $ back at the schools, attempting to look like good guys, but this $ is pocket change- a fraction (estimated 1/6th) of what they should be paying to the school and state for taxes! Is this fair to YOUR community, if you don’t host the turbines?
Please utilize our website to educate yourself. 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 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 ARE SEEING 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.) State law mandates that electric utilities must purchase ever-increasing quantities of specified “clean energy” fuels distort the free competition. Thanks to 2014 legislation, we know that since 2008, consumers’ electric generation bills increased by 9 percent due to the renewable and energy efficiency mandates that remain enshrined in Ohio law.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. In 2015 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
Breitbart—During the Obama years from 2010 through 2013, federal renewable energy subsidies increased by 54 percent—from $8.6 billion to $13.2 billion—despite the fact that total federal energy subsidies declined by 23 percent during the same period, from $38 billion to $29 billion. In absolute terms, between 2010 and 2013 solar energy alone saw a 500 percent increase in federal subsidies from $1.1 billion to $5.3 billion. In this same period, subsidies for fossil fuels decreased by 15 percent. from $4.0 billion to $3.4 billion, and subsidies for nuclear energy fell by 12 percent, from $1.9 billion to $1.7 billion.
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. In its 2015 report to Congress, the U.S. Energy Information Administration stated “Renewables (excluding biofuels) received 72 percent of all electricity-related subsidies and support in FY13, yet accounted for 13 percent of total generation.” Billionaire investor Warren Buffett explained that subsidies alone accounted for his investment in wind farms: “They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” 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————————
Wind projects are not effective tools for economic development. They require large amounts of space but create few local jobs. And energy companies seek endless tax breaks for their turbines, shortchanging governmental entities of the taxes they could receive with firms that engage in commerce. Residents need to know the positive difference they make when they object to wind projects.-Watertown Daily Times editorial 2/22/2019
The larger the share of wind power in a particular grid, the more standby (coal,natural gas etc.) power will have to be available in that grid.—World Wind Energy Association
“A single 555-megawatt gas-fired power plant in California generates more electricity in a year than do all 13,000 of the state’s wind turbines. The gas-fired plant sits atop a mere 15 acres. The 300-foot-tall windmills impact over a hundred thousand acres to provide expensive, intermittent, insufficient energy. —L. M. Schwartz”
Up to two-thirds of the value of a wind project may derive from federal programs and tax subsidies, as the revenues from the sale of power may not be sufficient to pay for the project development and operating costs. These tax subsidies include combinations of accelerated depreciation, production tax credits (PTCs), investment tax credits (ITCs), federal cash grants and federal loan guarantees. —North American Windpower, June 2009 (Alice Bodnar, John Marciano, Jeff Keohane, and Phil Glynn: “Indian Country Deserves A Second Look”)
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