Stay vigilant: Proof that BigWind spreads like an algae bloom

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We are thankful that Allen County, Ohio, said NO to Apex Clean Energy and denied the use of the RR to build an energy transmission line. One argument was that industrial wind sites spread like an algae bloom.  In other words, the boundaries of the initial site expand over time, in multiple phases. What may ‘appear’ to be one site becomes multiple sites over a short period of time. If Apex is successful in building the LongPrairie Wind site in Southern Van Wert county, all neighboring counties are at risk….

As many may now know, the Towns of Yates and Somerset, The County Legislatures of Orleans, Niagara and Erie, The Western New York Delegation of State Legislators along with many other public and private organizations have opposed the proposed siting of the Lighthouse Wind Project in Somerset and Yates. Additionally, APEX has now proposed yet another industrial wind turbine project…
Interesting new information has come to light however. The original proposed site of APEX’s Lighthouse Wind Industrial Wind Turbine project has expanded from the original siting plan

To a significantly modified project…

This represents a significant southward expansion of the project.
In other news, I have heard that there are APEX signs now posted in the town of Ridgeway. As concerned citizens, we must ask:
Has APEX now also targeted Ridgeway for Industrial Wind Turbines?
Is APEX trying to “connect the dots” between their proposed Lighthouse Wind Industrial Wind Turbine Project in Somerset/Yates and the Heritage Wind Industrial Wind Turbine Project in Barre?
Are there additional APEX targets in the Orleans and Niagara counties?…

Source: Wind turbines: Questions that need answers

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List of BigWind REJECTIONS all over the USA. Need help? Look here!

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Do you wonder what other states are doing to fight BigWind? It is a growing list of actions that have been taken to protect individuals and communities. Please click the link, below and view the spreadsheet and see if there has been an action that could help you!!!

An interesting addition to our post from 2 days ago…we posted a video of a noisy turbine that is affecting a household in Van Wert, Ohio.  Iberdrola developed this industrial wind site LESS than 6 years ago and we have repeatedly blogged about developers SELLING their sites BEFORE the 10 year mark, due to maintenance issues and the end of the PTC $ at the 10 year mark.  Iberdrola has LEFT THE VAN WERT AREA and sold/merged the project! This household has been UNable to get through the telephone line of the ‘new’ BigWind company that is ‘supposed’ to be operating the site!!! Don’t let this happen to your neighborhood!!!

 

Think the Van Wert, Ohio turbines are without problems? Watch this!!

Is this just the beginning? As wind sites age, noise and maintenance issues rise. Some developers will then sell their site, prior to the 10 year mark, which is when their federal handout ends…the production tax credit.  This has already happened to 1 site in NW Ohio. Is the Blue Creek site, owned by Iberdrola, next to sell?  Please educate yourselves and your legislators….

 

Sometimes, turbines make grown men cry

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The following letter elicits many emotions that range from beautiful to maddening, but this is why we fight. This is why we care. This is why we must stand up to the injustice that BigWind brings into our communities…

“I’m home, safe and sound.”Words that should always go together.
But yesterday I had an emotional visit with Ted Hartke and his beautiful wife Jessica.
I was returning from Missouri and, with nothing but time to kill on my 11 hour drive home, I gave Ted a call.

He pointed out that I would be very near the home he and his family abandoned due to wind turbine noise and he would like to take me through the now-empty home. So I took him up on the offer.
We spent a long time together…
It is hard to describe the feelings Ted and Jessica expressed as we visited in front of the abandoned home that was once their dream.
Violated? Robbed? Victimized?
All the things that were so important to them only three years ago- before the turbines went into operation-things like getting the yard just right, picking the right paint colors and flooring, and commemorating their new-home-in-progress with their very young children’s hand prints in freshly poured concrete- were stripped of their precious value by by the nuisance trespass of Chicago-based InvEnergy, a multi-billion dollar wind energy corporation with little conscience.
As soon as the turbines went into operation, the noise from the nearly 500′ tall turbines invaded their home and deprived them of sleep. When operating at or near their rated capacity, every pass of the a turbine blade sent low frequency noise pulsation through the wall of their home, stealing their rest.
Nothing would stop they noise. They moved all their beds into the interior of their home in a futile attempt to escape invading energy. They asked Invenergy to stop the turbines and they sometime complied. But in the end, profits were more important than people.
So they abandoned their dream home that was in “just the perfect spot with a perfect view” and instead took on a second home and a second mortgage and all the additional expenses that come with two homes. Maybe some would have just left the lender high and dry. But Ted and Jessica aren’t those kind of people.
Ted and Jessica have finally found a new home and are improving that new home like we all do.
New homes usually bring joy and a sense of new adventure. But Ted and Jessica’s new home experience is haunted by dark thoughts born of bitter experience.
The first thought (expressed in my words): “We already went though the hard negotiations couples go through as they decorate a home together. Paint colors, finishes, landscaping, kitchen designs. It is stressful enough for a couple to do once. But now we are forced to go through it again due to someone else’s negligent behavior.” And the second thought: “Dare we invest our emotions into another home when our hearts were broken in those moments the turbines started to spin just three years ago?”
The feelings are the feelings of grief and loss. And violation.
They struggle together, recovering from trauma- an unnecessary and pointless trauma- that, unbeknownst to them, began years ago as opportunistic and now faceless lobbyists roamed the nation’s legislatures under a false cloak of credibility selling a bogus cure for an over-hyped disease. And their trauma was enabled by all-too-willing engineers and planning commissioners who violated their oaths to protect human beings from harm.
They profit. Ted and Jessica paid.
Just like Cary Shineldecker and Karen L. Ward Shineldecker paid. And just like the David Peplinski family and all the other past and present litigants and victims in Huron County, Missaukee County, Delta County, Mason County and across the Midwest. They borrow against their retirement to hire attorneys to then spend years in court trying to recover their most precious commodity- a home, safe and sound. And at best they receive money. But money does not bring justice.
Ted said to me “Imagine being at a party and seeing a man tapping your wife lightly on the shoulder, again and again. That would be annoying for my wife. But how much worse would it be for me as her husband to have to stand by and be powerless to stop it? Those turbines-InvEnergy turbines-reached through the walls of our house and touched my wife and my children and I could not make it stop.”
That is when Ted and I, two grown men well over 6 feet tall, “tough rugged and independent”, stood in his Illinois driveway and wept.
People think wind turbines look cool.
But sometimes wind turbines make people cry.
Cary Shineldecker and Karen L. Ward Shineldecker and I have wept. Ted and Jessica and I have wept. I have cried many times when talking to victims of irresponsible wind development and with those who try to halt it.
I am not ashamed. I weep for people who are needless victims.
And I also weep for those who watch suffering and do not weep…and do not make it stop.
-Kevon Martis

Van Wert county commissioner opinion of BigWind

A Van Wert county commissioner opinion about the new potential for a 35,000 Apex project. He compares this to living next to a hog farm…which no one wants to do. If you have heard that communities are torn apart by the wind industry, he hints at that reality in Van Wert. What will happen if the Apex Long Prairie Project moves forward? It looks like the one commissioner wants to leave this decision up to the people who will reside amongst it. Read a lot of common sense in this article…

Wanna start an argument? Go to almost any random group of people in Van Wert County and state your opinion about windmills. Chances are, you will quickly find someone with whom to disagree…

But, if you are going to build something on your property, you are subject to a tax assessment. Real property taxes are assessed on all land, buildings and structures. If a property owner would choose to build a windmill, they would be taxed on its full value.

The question then is should a wind farm receive a tax break? The pro crowd argues that, yes, most definitely, this is economic development and a tax break should be automatic. The current wind farm is taxed pursuant to a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) wherein the schools, county, townships, and other agencies receive a fixed payment instead of the windmills being normally assessed. This results in about a 70-80 percent reduction in tax payments.

A few years ago, before the state changed the setbacks and after several conferences with our township trustees, the Ohio Power Siting Board and Iberdrola, we determined that the PILOT eliminated our ability to negotiate with wind companies and was not in our county’s best interest. We revoked the Alternative Energy Zone designation for our county that had allowed the Blue Creek Wind Farm to be taxed under the PILOT.

Should the setbacks be returned to a manageable distance for Apex or Iberdrola to build a farm, this is the issue we would present to voters. We would ask the affected townships and the wind company to negotiate a tax scheme that has a chance to be approved and then submit it for an up or down vote.

A concern becomes who gets to vote on this issue? It does not seem appropriate that areas that stand only to benefit from a taxing scheme be allowed to vote to burden another area. For example, if a mega hog farm would want to locate on the outskirts of Convoy and the tax benefits would accrue to every other part of the county, what might be the result in Middle Point of that vote? Or if the roles were reversed, what might be the result in Convoy?

Van Wert City Schools would receive a significant monetary benefit if turbines were located in Liberty Township. But it is the residents of Liberty Township who would be burdened by the presence of the windmills and it would be that township’s tax revenues that are affected by a reduction in the amounts paid by windmill owners. I don’t know a definition of fair that would allow Van Wert City voters, an overwhelming majority of the school district, to determine this issue for Liberty Township….

Personally, I think I’ve been clear on my position in the past. I think windmills are horrible federal policy but as long as the federal government is intent on bankrupting our next generation, I wouldn’t object to see some of that money get wasted locally.

If you are in the pro crowd, I would advise against trying to pressure us to force windmills on a population that, as of now, does not want them. That has been the tactic of the wind companies for the last few years and it continues to have a zero chance of success. Replace lecturing with negotiation – the antis are well aware of the reasons to build these things and are not convinced. Perhaps you can pay their electric bills to win some support….

 

Legislators push for an ‘Ohio Wind Corridor’ !!?!!

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Tomorrow morning a Substitute House Bill 190 will be introduced in the House Public Utilities Committee to establish a designated geographic area or “Wind Corridor” where turbine setbacks could be dramatically changed. The substitute bill seems to remove local elected officials from the decision-making and empower the OPSB to destroy any county within the corridor. Sub HB 190 would also create a new classification of “”Large wind farm”: an electric generating plant that consists of wind turbines and associated facilities with a single interconnection to the electrical grid that is designed for, or capable of, operation at an aggregate capacity of 50 MW or more.

While we have not had an opportunity to fully understand what the bill intends, it appears that any project which has been approved by the OPSB can now be amended without requiring the current property line setbacks to be used. Language in the bill also seems to indicate that if a wind developer has paid a fee to the grid operator to commence the study of grid interconnection, even though a filing with the OPSB may not have occurred, the following setback would apply:

(B) The minimum setback for a wind turbine described in division (A) of this section shall be equal to a horizontal distance, from the turbine’s base to the property line of the wind farm property, equal to one and one-tenth times the total height of the turbine structure as measured from its base to the tip of its highest blade and be at least one thousand one hundred twenty-five feet in horizontal distance from the tip of the turbine’s nearest blade at ninety degrees to the exterior of the nearest, habitable, residential structure, if any, located on adjacent property at the time of the certification application.

Port Authority rejects Apex entry into Allen county!!

One small battle win, in the big war against BigWind. What a wonderful site to see so many Allen and Van Wert residents unite in their opposition to this wind energy transmission line. The decision of the port authority was UNANIMOUS! Apex, however, did not appear to waver, in their desire to make this happen…via another/alternative route.  At least some of the Allen county citizens are now awake/enlightened/informed and common sense will prevail. Now is the time to speak with your farming neighbors and friends, in order to PREVENT Apex from obtaining an alternative route!….

The public has spoken….

It was a packed house for Thursday’s meeting of the Allen County Port Authority.

Members of the public wanted to let their voices be heard concerning a proposal by Apex Clean Energy to build a transmission line to an American Electric Power substation in Lima.

The line would link a proposed Long Prairie Wind Farm in Van Wert county to the Allen county substation.

Apex needed permission from the Port Authority because the line they want to construct runs along the Allen Van Wert rail line and they need an easement from the Port Authority for that to happen….

Source: Port Authority rejects Apex Clean Energy request for transmission line