Why should we care about Ohio BigWind setbacks?

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Because a piece of turbine that is thrown more than 2400 feet WILL KILL SOMEONE WITHIN a setback that is currently proposed by BigWind in Ohio….Do we care about the lives of Ohio citizens or do we care more the pocket change BigWind throws at our schools?

Germany–At 8:15 pm on March 8, 2018, two rotors of a brand-new ENERCON E-115 wind turbine were completely torn apart – parts flew more than 800m away. This is the third heavy windmill incident in the circle Paderborn within 2 years. In Altenbeken a pinwheel pulpit was broken off, in Dörenhagen a whole rotor, which was thrown through the air and then stuck in the field like a sword not far from the main road….

 

Turbine THROWS pieces >800meters

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BigWind bullies Ohio community

How ILLogical is it for a community to pay 14 cents per kWh for electricity, when they can purchase it for 10? This is the dilemma of the city of Conneaut, Ohio.  You will read that the turbine has $250,000 worth of repairs and NexGen will happily repair it IF the city renews a 10 year purchase contract with them….for more expensive energy than they can purchase from the grid.  Once again, another turbine is plagued with expensive repairs. Don’t they pay this electric bill with tax dollars?….

The owner of a damaged wind turbine that provides some of the electricity used at Conneaut’s sewage treatment plant wants a reworked contract with the city in order to make repairs financially feasible.

City Manager James Hockaday told City Council members at Monday night’s work session that NexGen is seeking a 10-year extension to the existing 10-year contract that will expire in 2020. The company says it needs a new contract to make repairs to the 400-kilowatt turbine — which has been idle since a lightning strike at the end of February.

Lighting blasted away one of the turbine’s blades and essentially destroyed its generator, Hockaday said. NexGen has said it will cost $250,000 to fix the machine, erected in January 2010.

 To justify the expense, NexGen has submitted a contract proposal that would stretch the contract, set to expire in three years, through 2030. NexGen’s initial proposal calls for slight kilowatt-per-hour increases each of the contract years, officials have said.

The turbine supplies about 20 percent of the electricity used at the plant located along the Lake Erie shore.

In 2016, the city paid NexGen almost $59,000, according to information from the city finance office. In February, NexGen charged the city $11,135 for its services.

The city is not paying NexGen while the turbine is inoperable, Hockaday said.

Last year, the city paid NexGen a combined generation/distribution charge of 12 cents per kilowatt hour. In 2017, the seventh year of the 10-year original contract, the city is paying 12.5 cents per kWh, according to the finance office. NexGen’s combined charge will climb to 12.9 cents per kWh next year, topping out at 14 cents in 2020, per the contract.

Direct Energy has been the primary power supplier to the sewage plant, and is filling the void left by the turbine, officials said. Direct Energy this year is charging a combined 10 cents per kWh, Finance Director John Williams said at Monday’s meeting.

Hockaday told council the city has multiple options regarding the turbine, such as explore pricing available through conventional utilities, talk with other turbine operators or negotiate with NexGen.

“We can counter-offer (NexGen),” he said. “(The contract) is a proposal.”

Hockaday said he feels the turbine has merit…

Source: Conneaut will examine options regarding damaged turbine | Local News | starbeacon.com

BigWind ‘autopsy’ will educate students alright

I suppose autopsies can, theoretically, be useful in fields other than medicine.  Take for instance, the broken turbine story below.  More often than not, it does appear as though turbines don’t operate well for schools.  They often need expensive repairs, repairs that the schools cannot afford, and rarely produce the energy they promise- no surprise. Anyway, this story involves a new strategy.  Maybe if students start studying the autopsies of BigWind deaths- an epidemic in America- they will become educated about the waste of taxpayer dollars given to this failing industry. An industry that produces intermittent, expensive energy that must always be backed up with fossil fuels…..

The blades and other components were removed this week from the two 30-foot-tall, 100-kilowatt wind turbines on the campus of Lake Land College as part of a remediation project for these damaged, malfunctioning turbines.

However, the south turbine tower and its nacelle equipment housing have been left standing for ongoing educational use by students in the Renewable Energy Program at Lake Land. A set of turbine blades and the north turbine’s nacelle will be left at ground left for student use, as well.

The two 100-kilowatt wind turbines were installed near the West Building in 2012. Vice President for Business Services Bryan Gleckler said the north turbine was funded by a federal grant and the south one was funded by a state grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity….

 “They never really operated at the level we hoped,” Gleckler said of the performance of the two wind turbines.

Source: Wind turbine blades removed | Local | jg-tc.com

Ohio school claims BigWind is COSTING the district $

BigWind is some of the most expensive energy on the planet.  We have argued this point for years, but the BigWind marketers are masterful at telling the public another story- and perception becomes reality.  Well, the reality is clear in this story.  If you remove the dozens of tax breaks, subsidies and advantages that BigWind receives, you will see energy that is triple the cost of our current generators. Additionally, BigWind is rife with mechanical failures, but these are often hidden from the public.  What appears to be a simple machine is actually a complex one with thousands of parts. How can we claim this? Read through our home page to learn more.  We have examined the electricity rates of countries, all over the world, where BigWind has been present longer than the USA. Their electricity rates are 3x ours! Denmark is a prime example.  Please inform YOUR legislator of this reality, because the legislators are being told an entirely different story by the BigWind lobbyists…

Ontario Local Schools is telling the company that owns the wind turbine at Stingel Elementary to fix the turbine or lose the schools’ business and remove the equipment.

The turbine has sat idle since November 2016, when its transformer stopped working.

Superintendent Lisa Carmichael said district residents regularly inquire about the turbine. They often suggest that when the turbine isn’t running, the district isn’t saving money.

But treasurer Randy Harvey said the opposite is true — the 6 to 7 percent of its energy Ontario buys from wind turbine company, Rock Road Wind, is more expensive than the remainder of the district’s energy, which it gets through Ohio Edison.

That’s one reason the district is refusing to approve a contract amendment proposed by Rock Road Wind under which the energy company would agree to replace the faulty transformer and the district would agree to keep buying power from Rock Road Wind for six more years after the current contract expires in about three years.

District board members unanimously voted Tuesday to reject the proposed contract amendment, saying the company is defaulting on the contract by failing to repair the turbine to keep it operational.

 According to the contract between the school district and Rock Road Wind, the wind energy company is responsible for maintenance and repairs throughout the 10-year period that the school district has agreed to buy power from the company.

Board members said they had no interest in extending the contract as use of the turbine is not saving the district money.

The savings the district has seen from the wind turbine project came not from the wind power itself, but from a connection switch change…

Source: Ontario schools address broken wind turbine

What happens to old/broken BigWind BLADES?

How many of you have heard that dead/obsolete wind turbines can be recycled? This is a common myth. If the average wind turbine lasts a mere 10-15 years (per some very good studies), then we have A LOT of blades going to landfills over the next few decades, as wind sites explode across our continent! Additionally, note what a difficult task it is to BUILD the crane on site that disassembles the machines- it takes 20 semis to carry the parts!  With such an energy intensive transport and expense, do you really believe that these companies do the appropriate maintenance on their machines? Like change the 200 gallons of oil in the nacelle every 5 years? Do you believe that our counties can afford to pay for the decommissioning when the turbines die? If you do believe this, then I have some land to sell you….

Starting June 8 and continuing over the next two months, 14 turbines will be repaired at DTE Energy’s Echo Wind Park (Michigan)….

One crane is currently in position on Crown Road between Farver and Maxwell roads in Chandler Township. Another crane will be delivered in the coming week and placed to the east of the initial crane on Crown Road between Farver and North Elkton roads.

“One will be assembling the blades, and another will be assembling a crane,” Serafin said. “The first seven will be all new blades, the second seven will be recombining all the good blades.”…

Occasionally, you’ll see the crane boom up,” he said. “Typically, they can take a rotor down, disassemble the blades and have the rotor back up within a day or two. It takes about 20 semis to move all the crane parts. It’s really not going to be that noticeable.

“If you happen to notice (the crane), you will stop because it’s pretty impressive to see the huge blades go up.” …

During Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, Board Chairman Clark Elftman asked Serafin of the fate of non-functioning blades….

Serafin said the blades will be destroyed, with the exception of the root, mid-section and tip of a blade to be donated to three educational institutions, per the request of the planning commission. 

via DTE to repair 14 turbines; Work set to begin in June; 19 other blades get OK – Huron Daily Tribune: Local News.