Ohio meeting puts the heat on BigWind. Note the highlighted points by Tom Stacy, below…
For the approximately 75 people that braved the stormy weather, Monday night at the Friendly Senior Center was an opportunity to hear the Logan-Hardin Neighbor’s United’s strong case against using wind turbines as a supplemental energy source.
The organization was started in September of 2013 by residents in the Belle Center and Indian Lake area….
Shepherd thinks wind turbines will increase energy rates and infringe on property owners’ ability to enjoy where they live. He thinks that many will be built too close to where people live. He doesn’t like how many will be built around Indian Lake. Finally, tax dollars will be misused.
Shepherd is especially concerned with how close to homes the wind turbines can be built. They cause “shadow flicker”, are noisy, and aren’t failsafe.
Tom Stacy, an advocate for affordable energy, explained that wind turbine usage will actually increase energy bills for taxpayers. If wind turbines create energy, other energy creators must cut back their production. In order to cover their costs, they must submit a rate case to PUCO. By law, taxpayers must assist energy companies if they can not meet expenses.
Wind turbine companies, according to Stacy, can’t make any money without government assistance. Typically, turbines barely make enough to cover their production costs.
The supposed income that schools receive from turbines is misleading. If a district, for example, receives $200,000, the state will decrease that amount in foundation money to the district. Hence, there isn’t any advantage to district’s that have the turbines….