BigWind RELEASES landowners from leases in Ohio!!

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Since our excitement (in red) makes this a little difficult to read, here is the letter in its entirety…Citizens for Clear Skies in Van Wert county have been persistent, devoted to truth, and unstoppable. Congratulations!! There is hope for others!!

“Commissioners,

We have made the difficult decision to conclude our pursuit of the Long Prairie Wind project in Van Wert and Mercer Counties. The current policy environment in Ohio, which creates unnecessary market barriers for wind energy, has made our investment in the state a highly risky proposition. Apex is blessed to work with communities across the state to create economic development opportunities through renewable energy. Our high-quality Ohio portfolio promises to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in local revenue and school funding to the state, along with a critical, low-cost source of power. Unfortunately, the state’s current anti-business policies are making it necessary for us to reduce our investment exposure in the state and to choose which of our projects we continue to advance in Ohio. Due to some challenges presented by the transmission system around Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Long Prairie Wind has been selected for divestment. We will be releasing project landowners from their leases over the next several weeks. We are continuing to advance our other Ohio projects, and this decision will allow us to direct even greater attention and resources to them. Van Wert and Mercer Counties remain excellent locations for a wind facility, and we anticipate that if and when the state becomes more welcoming to these investments, the area will once again have a bright future in wind energy.

Sincerely,

John Arehart
John P. Arehart III, PE
Apex Clean Energy, Inc.
310 4th St. NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902
office: 434-220-6122 | mobile: 540-241-5285 | fax: 434-220-3712”

 

Van Wert, Ohio Turbine BREAKS and throws debris >800 feet!

 

This blade failure happened Saturday in Van Wert County, Ohio. Second failure here in Van Wert in less then 7 yrs of operation. Here are the significant FACTS about this failure:

This wasn’t a storm incident with high winds and still managed to throw debri over 800’.

The debri from this turbine was thrown past the setback distance that was in place at the time it was installed (7 years ago).

With the new proposed setback distances in Ohio here is how far these turbines will be from your property line.
475’ turbine as shown. 570’
600’ turbine new proposed. 720’

One thing that this failure DIDNT do was throw debris past the current standing setback law of 1000’ to a property line.

Doesn’t take too much common sense here to see that Ohio current setback laws were made to protect the community and if anything need to be lengthened.

Which local news media will get out from under the thumb of the wind industry and post this???

Bearings and $ losses causing BigWind holiday headaches

We have blogged, before, that an achilles heal of this industry in the bearings. Siemens now reports a $279 million charge to earnings in the third quarter due to blade repairs caused by faulty bearings and the effects of harsh weather conditions.  Blade failures and degradation lead to excessive noise emissions as well as accidents.  In hearing after hearing before Ohio regulators and legislators, the wind industry has claimed any such deficiencies were minimal and chance of blade failures remote.   The Siemens charge to earnings is real, repair costs are real and no one should accept what the industry claims on its face without documentation….

The massive charges Siemens incurred for inspecting and replacing main bearings in onshore wind turbines during its financial fourth quarter were due to an early degradation of the bearings in certain machines, Siemens Energy chief Lisa Davis said at a press conference.

“These issues appear to be related to recent batches of bearings and we’re in close discussions with the supplier that we have for these bearings,” Davis said, without disclosing the supplier’s name….

The second reason for the charges that added up to €223m ($279m) during the quarter were costs incurred for blade repairs caused by “harsh weather conditions” both onshore and offshore, Davis explained….

Problems at bearings and blades have repeatedly haunted the wind power industry. German utility RWE Innogy earlier this year re-tendered a contract to equip the 332MW Nordsee 1 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea after a technical hitch relating to bearings was found in a handful of turbine manufacturer Senvion’s flagship 6.2MW offshore turbines. Senvion, a unit of India’s Suzlon, previously had been pre-selected to provide the turbines, which would represent a very important order for the company.

US giant GE earlier this year was hit by a manufacturing “anomaly” that caused a number of blade breakages, including two incidents at a 200.6MW Invenergy wind farm in Nebraska.

Siemens Wind pays price for bearings, blade issues -RechargeNews.

Siemens to write down wind turbines – SZ newspaper

FRANKFURT Tue Nov 4, 2014 2:19am EST

Nov 4 (Reuters) – German engineering group Siemens will take writedowns that may run into the hundreds of millions of euros at its wind-turbines business, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday….

Profit at Siemens’ wind power division plunged 60 percent in the first nine months of 2014 due to a low contribution from the high-margin offshore business, high production costs and charges for replacing defective bearings in onshore wind turbines….

(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Mark Potter)