IKEA/APEX BigWind problem causes LIENS to be Filed Against Local Farmers (Illinois)

How is this possible? Isn’t BigWind great for our communities? Isn’t IKEA a great store to shop in? They support renewable energy, so how can that be bad? Your mother probably taught you that if something ‘seems’ too good to be true, then it probably is. The $$$ that rolls into local farmers and communities from BigWind is not free. This $ is our tax dollars, hard at work, being handed to foreign-owned manufacturers, and then they kindly give a few of us, some pocket change, in order to make them appear to care about us and our communities.  This $ will never be enough to save neighbors from sleepless nights and headaches. This $ will never be enough to restore the acreage to its natural, prewind state.  This $ will never be enough to decommission the hundreds of thousands of ‘dead’ turbines that will dot our landscape in the next couple of decades. Farmers now need to realize that this $ may not appear at all and it may now affect their ownership rights and what they may (or may not) be able to pass on to the next generations. APEX is prowling in NW Ohio and now owns leases (formerly BP Wind Energy) that are South of Van Wert, county…

IKEA (the furniture company) and APEX (a wind energy company) failed to make payments to Ambassador Steel Fabrication, LLS from Auburn, Indiana. The failure of IKEA and APEX to make their payments in a timely manner is now causing issues for farmers and other land owners who leased their properties for the project. Below is a link(or click here for names) to the list of names which are found on the documents recorded at the Vermilion County Recorder’s office in Document # 14-09577. This document is a “NOTICE OF SUBCONTRACTORS CLAIM and ILLINOIS MECHANIC’S LIEN CLAIM-LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENT” For details, please see the lien documents which you can view HERE and HERE.

The lien is for $1.4 million dollars.

If you know somebody on this list, perhaps they would be interested in knowing that their property will have a permanent record of having had this lien filed. Until IKEA/APEX settles this issue and the lien is released, it may be difficult to complete real estate or financial transactions.

A lot of questions arise out of this issue:

–Are ag input loans for fertilizer/seed affected?
–Will real estate transactions such as mortgages, land purchases using existing lien subject property as collateral at risk?
–Will there be legal problems for trustees if the benefactors of the trust learn their land is listed and subjected to a lien collection proceeding?

Before signing agreements to host wind turbines, access roads, or cables, remember that anything can happen. If a wind company fails, does a lien holder have rights to take action against the land owners? This list of  landowners (HERE) should probably review their lease agreements to see if they have a protections in place against complications….

IKEA/APEX Wind Farm Non-payment Causes Liens to be Filed Against Local Farmers – | Illinois Leaks.

BigWind leaks OIL? No! They are supposed to be GREEN!

Impossible!  All we hear from the media is that BigWind is GREEN and turbines will reduce our dependence on foreign oil! We have told you before that each gearbox could contain 200 gallons of oil, liquid gold.  Oil that gets dirty and needs to be changed, just like in your car. Additionally, there are thousands of parts inside that need to be lubricated. BigWind doesn’t reduce our dependence on foreign oil, it INcreases our dependence on it….

A Summary of Violations has been issued to Ocotillo Wind Express OWE (California) for alleged violations of state law due to hydraulic oil leaks observed during a complaint investigation…

Residents have documented oil leaks at over 40% of all turbines on the project. Now, they are voicing concerns voice concerns that oil leaks could contaminate the town’s only supply of drinking water.

“We worry that in time it’s only going to get worse as these turbines age,” said engineer and Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley.  He fears that in the future, turbine leaks could pollute the federally protected aquifer, or underground water source.  “No water – no town.  If the water gets polluted, all homes in Ocotillo could be red-tagged,” said Pelley….

Ewing added, “I believe all of the turbines leak oil,” though not all are doing so presently since some have been repaired or recently had new gear boxes installed. “The oil is very clear and normally becomes easily visible when the blowing sand and dust sticks to the oil.”…

Residents also allege that workers for Siemens, the turbine manufacturer, attempted to cover up the leaks….

Pelley said he and other residents have complained to “just about everybody we could think of” including the county, federal BLM officials, an environmental justice task force, and the state environmental agency. “Typically, we don’t get any replies back from our e-mails.”

Though the complaints have been well-documented with photos and videos now for many months, still the turbines remain in operation, spewing oil into the environment and white sludge with seemingly every major rainfall—all atop the town’s only source of drinking water….

via INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO HYDRAULIC OIL LEAKS AT OCOTILLO WIND FACILITY | East County Magazine.

Illinois farmers object to BigWind

We have, recently, blogged about multiple anti-wind groups formed in our neighboring states, Indiana and Illinois.  Here, we see Illinois’ cry for help against BigWind entering their communities. This wind energy transmission line will be approximately 500 miles long, with 5 support structures per mile (150 feet high). This expensive energy, that has been given oodles of tax incentives, will be trasmitted to the Midwest, probably, including Ohio – if electric companies choose to purchase their energy. Is their expensive wind energy cheaper than Ohio’s? Looking at the national wind energy resource map, it probably is because they have greater wind resources.  We sympathize with our neighbors in this fight.  This is 1 example of why our Senate Bill 310 was so essential, however; Ohio should not be forced to generate x% of renewable energy here, within our borders, when wind resources are greater and more cost effective elsewhere. Forcing any state to purchase this intermittent, expensive, subsidized energy, however, is the biggest tragedy….

Vocal, vehement opposition from local farmers and landowners has put a $300 million Grundy County project on hold…

Local landowners have expressed outrage at what they are calling “eminent domain.”

“It will slice right down the middle of some of the best farmland in Grundy, just north of where you sit,” said local farmer Henry Babson, who addressed the Grundy County Board on Tuesday night. “I can promise you I would still be opposed to this project, even if our farm was not its potential path, because it’s wrong for Morris, Grundy County and its residents.”…

via Farmers object wind energy project to County Board | Wind Energy News.

Farmers’ coalition warning us about BigWind !!!

Please share with your neighbors and family members. The $ offered to farmers is very enticing….

The Informed Farmers Coalition IFC was formed five years ago to study the impacts of wind turbines on our agricultural and residential community. The group consists of past or present union iron workers, school teachers, township officials, lawyers, a farm manager, a plumber, a fireman, a mechanic, school board members, county board member, union truck drivers, a dentist, retail workers, construction workers, nurses, union equipment operators, hospital workers, a social worker, bookkeepers, a school administrator, salesmen, an electrical engineer for Com Ed, an EMT, numerous local business owners, large/small landowners, homeowners, and of course, farmers – many of whom are the third and fourth generation on that farm. Many are lifetime residents of this agricultural community.

They have discovered, through sworn testimony throughout the state, that people are suffering from the same health issues, noise disturbances, untruthful wind company promises, property value losses, etc. The ongoing research brings the discovery our local landowners may be responsible for the property taxes and decommissioning of the wind turbine should the wind company walk away from the project. The turbine property tax bill stays in the name of the landowner with the bill being listed c/o of the wind company. So ultimately if the wind company doesn’t pay, it will be sent to the landowner.

IFC became aware some of our local landowners with signed contracts had never seen a map where their turbines were projected to be placed. The map presented with the petition to the county also shows underground transmission lines. Some landowners were not aware transmission lines would go through their property and did not think they had signed up for that. One landowner agreed to a contract but for only 80 acres of his property. But when IFC was researching at the county, they discovered his contract was filed containing all 560 acres of his property.

The real experts about wind turbines are the citizens living among them. IFC has attended numerous county meetings across the state of Illinois only to realize the people testifying under oath all have the same story – homes where they can no longer live or sell due to noise and health issues; wind companies that townships must sue to collect their rightful money; trespassing of heavy equipment on non-participating land that compact the soil for years as well as damage crops and tile; crop dusting problems; GPS systems that no longer get a signal; cell phones and TV reception problems; etc.  IFC is aware that Lifeline helicopters may not choose to land in a turbine area; this was needed this spring for a local farm accident. A letter from a school superintendent states the children in his school district are suffering from the effects of the turbines, since they went online.

IFC also became aware that once a person signs a contract they have agreed to a gag order that restricts them from talking about the wind company…

via Guest Commentary | BCRNews.com.

Illinois dead turbines create a headache for county and farmers

In Illinois where Everpower purchased the assets of a bankrupt wind facility, local authorities debated how to handle decommissioning costs.  The debate revolves around whether having the cash up front is best or whether to allow Everpower to simply have a letter of credit.  The Bureau County residents  researched the costs associated with decommissioning and estimate it would be.  “The group of residents had an in-depth study done by a Virginia-based company on decommissioning costs, looking at a specific 87-turbine wind farm, Gerdes said. The total cost to take down 87 turbines was just over $19.4 million, or about $224,000 per turbine. At that rate, the cost to decommission the Big Sky wind farm could be more in the $10 million to $12 million, he said.” 

It was interesting to see the Bureau County State’s Attorney advise that if Everpower was not able to take the turbines down, it would be the responsibility of the leaseholder.  In response to a comment from a local citizen, the Attorney said that “I would think these landowners would start thinking twice but nobody attends these meetings to ask or listen to what could happen to the land in our county.  I guess my question would be to anyone who has a lease, is the $8,000 or $10,000 you get a year worth it when is 10, 15 or 20 years it may cost you, the leaseholder over $250,000 to take it off your own property?  This is so sad that this is all coming out now and not sooner.”…

The county of Bureau is moving into negotiations with the new owners of the Big Sky wind farm, located north of Ohio, to determine just how future decommissioning costs of the Big Sky wind farm will be met.

The Bureau County Board’s decision to go into negotiations followed a lengthy board discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, which also included comments from a concerned resident as well as comments from a representative of the new Big Sky owner, the Pittsburgh-based EverPower Wind Co. The new owner has asked the county board to agree to a letter of credit for the decommissioning plan, rather than keep the current cash-on-hand arrangement….

Bureau County resident Ed Gerdes addressed the board, representing a “big group of us,” who are concerned about the decommissioning plan, specifically the amount of money for the decommissioning plan and how that money would be guaranteed.

The group of residents had an in-depth study done by a Virginia-based company on decommissioning costs, looking at a specific 87-turbine wind farm, Gerdes said. The total cost to take down 87 turbines was just over $19.4 million, or about $224,000 per turbine. At that rate, the cost to decommission the Big Sky wind farm could be more in the $10 million to $12 million, he said.

“Who’s going to pay for the rest?, ” Gerdes asked.” I don’t think the taxpayers should have to pay for taking those down.”

The group’s other concern is that when landowners signed their leases with these companies they were promised the companies would take down the turbines or, if the company was no longer here, the county would have the needed money set aside to take the turbines down, Gerdes said. But Bureau County is not going to have enough money and the landowners might end up with a bill for $150-$200,000 to dispose of the turbines, he said….

via Decommissioning costs still a concern | BCRNews.com.

American Corn Growers Fdtn is mesmerized by the illusions of BigWind

How UNfortunate that some do not see beyond the cash being dangled in front of the farmers. BigWind is like an illusionist- they grab your attention with cash, so you don’t see what is really happening. Note the AWEA report that 12,000 MW were added as new US ‘generating capacity’…remember, their REAL electricity production numbers are  probably less than 30% of this number and that energy is NOT reliable, NOT dipatchable when we need it, and NOTaffordable. We have previously blogged about payments (oversees) given to wind companies when their energy can not be used on the grid. This is headed our way, a waste of taxpayer dollars, if we do not quit subsidizing these foreign companies.  Finally, please view the new FARMER tab on our website, to learn facts that many farmers don’t know- but should- before signing long term leases with foreign companies….. 

The American Corn Growers Foundation is advocating wind energy for the rural economy at WINDPOWER 2014 recently, said Dan McGuire, ACGF director.

“2014 is 13 consecutive years that ACGF has participated in the national WINDPOWER conference sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association. As an AWEA member since 2002, ACGF has impacted national wind energy policy in the interest of farmers, landowners and the rural economy. AWEA reports that over 12,000 MW, a record for new U.S. wind project generating capacity was underway at the end of 2013, noting that while the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit was stable from 2005-2012, the wind industry grew 800 percent, installing 90 percent of all U.S. operating wind projects for a total investment of $105 billion.”…

via American Corn Growers Foundation advocates wind energy.

How ‘green’ is BigWind’s 45 tons of concrete and 630 yards of concrete PER turbine?

We invite you to look at the photos at http://www.cashton.com/North_Wind_Turbine_Const-DM-CS-SB-2-reduced-in-size.pdf .

These pictures are wonderful views of wind “farmers” planting 45 tons of rebar and 630 yards of concrete to grow one wind turbine.  How ‘green’ is this? It is certain nothing else will ever “grow” in this field. Can you imagine the quality of the field and drainage tiles after this construction? Remember, there will be maintenance with the crane, again, at approximately 5 years – if the developer changes the (approximate) 200 gallons of oil in the nacelle. Don’t forget to check our out FARMER tab on our website. It has links to problems that wind ‘farmers’ can experience….