The ‘rest of the story’ about Van Wert, Ohio turbines

How often does BigWind create a positive atmosphere in the community? How often does it bring unity? How often do Facts relay the Truth? rarely…..

To the editor,

Citizens for Clear Skies is a group formed to bring the truth to the community on the dynamics of wind energy. We are accused of only being negative from the opposition group. This is our collaborative response to their last letter:

We see significant reductions in this technology globally due to governments becoming more educated in time over the detrimental impact to consumer power bills.

We see an intermittent “resource”, one that is rarely present when consumers need it most….

We see structures that bring an “urban” feel to the country by dominating the skies, not the peace and quiet we feel we deserve by choosing to live rurally.

We see greed at the expense of your neighbors in their property value depreciation.

We see companies that use schools as their primary pawns, then paint those opposed as anti-school and anti-community.

We see taxpayer backed technologies that put hundred of millions into the pockets of company investors, while providing a fraction of that profit to a community affected….

We see farmers that have a choice whether to prevent urban sprawl or choose to sell their land.

We see a community where farmers by far have the most capital and land, as compared to other residents.

We see and hear countless stories of shadow flicker, sound and vibrational disturbances that cause serious negative health impacts on many, not non-intrusive objects to farm around.

We see trespass zoning and zoning laws that protect all citizens, not someone’s right to circumvent laws that have existed much longer than this technology.

We see small town residents buying into the massive expansion of government instead of maintaining the small government principles that make our country work better.

We see energy that is inherently more expensive and less reliable when we need it most, one that does little or nothing to reduce CO2 emissions.

We see an issue in climate change, one where relevant studies and data from opposition is completely suppressed by a willing media to promote their leftist agenda, rather than allow public debate.

We see a negative contribution to a country already 20 trillion dollars in debt, a debt that our children will have to repay at some point, the kind of big government that would make Eastern European countries proud (while they are ironically reducing this technology significantly)….

We see community and family division, not a positive attitude, solely created by this intrusion.

Hopefully Van Wert really digs into this issue and realizes what is happening globally with this technology. Recently one wind developer claimed that Ohio was not a solid wind energy resource. Wind energy is being fought and failing in many places in the country, not just Van Wert. People in the Blue Creek foot print are suffering. There are ample testimonials of families and their dealings with wind energy. It is claimed that wind energy will attract people to live here, but we find that to be dishonest. Ask someone considering relocation to Van Wert if they would buy a rural property under monstrous wind turbines, or would choose to live in the city or elsewhere? We think that answer is pretty obvious.

Citizens for Clear Skies

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Pay attn Ohio, BigWind is being sued in Illinois

APEX has purchased the wind energy leases from BP Wind in Southern Van Wert County/Mercer County/abutting Allen County. Why haven’t they built a massive wind farm, yet? Thankfully, our legislators have enacted safe setbacks and frozen our renewable energy mandate (temporarily). However, some in the legislature, want to change our setbacks and allow our county commissioners to ‘override’ the safe setbacks. As this lawsuit explains, that is not a wise idea. Let us hope Ohio legislators continue to educate themselves about the realities behind this industry!…

APEX is defending against a Class Action lawsuit seeking in excess of five million dollars. This is the same company that is building turbines as we speak in Vermilion County.  Lucky for Apex, most of the local Vermilion County residents have signed “good neighbor agreements”.  Too bad for those that signed.

This suit seeks more than $5 million for infringing on property rights and for adverse health effects.

Read the suit below:…

APEX and other Wind Energy Companies, defending Class Action Suit… | Illinois Leaks.

BigWind builds in Findlay, Ohio and laughs at Ohio Power Siting Board

What a special time for the people of Findlay, Ohio – home of Marathon, Ball Corp., Whirlpool and State Senator Cliff Hite.  In an amazing feat, wind developer One Energy is developing a facility with five 1.5 MW industrial wind turbines which will have no regulatory oversight from the State of Ohio.  The State regulates “economically significant” wind facilities and defines them as “a wind-powered electric generation facility, including wind turbines and associated facilities, with a single interconnection to the electrical grid and designed for, or capable of, operation at an aggregate capacity of five megawatts or more but less than fifty megawatts.”  

Three turbines will provide power to the Ball Corporation while the other two will supply Whirlpool.   One Energy manager, Jereme Kent, explains that the turbines (which will be the same models built at the same time in  the same place) are two distinct projects that fall beneath the 5 MW regulatory threshold of the Ohio Power Siting Board.    As such, the developer does not intend to follow the State of Ohio’s minimum setbacks designed to limit noise emissions, shadow flicker or other adverse project effects.   OPSB seems okay with that despite more than 100 families living within ½ mile of the facilitly.  We wonder, what does Senator Cliff Hite think of One Energy skirting Ohio law? Was he aware of the project before it was announced? Was someone hoodwinked?

Three of the nation’s foremost experts on turbine-caused acoustical problems were contacted by The Courier.  One of the experts, Dr. Steven Ambrose spoke with the paper for three hours.  They also spoke with Dr. Alec Salt who heads up the Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  and Rick James who provided expert witness testimony in UNU’s case against EverPower.   One Energy’s “Kent dismissed the three men’s criticisms. “There are a host of studies out there that are crap studies”!    Kent claims that there are studies that prove there are no health problems.    Perhaps Mr. Kent should be invited to produce these “studies”.   There aren’t any.   There are no studies that either prove or disprove that wind turbines cause health problems.  There is documentation – proof – that inaudible infra sound from wind turbines is perceived by the human body.   This has been affirmed by George Hessler of Hessler & Associates, EverPower’s noise consulting firm. No wind developer will cooperate with the next phase of research to study health impacts, .  That is why, as we reported previously, Virginia Tech will be pursuing further research in cooperation with the Institute of Acoustics in Chile where a wind tunnel can simulate the noise emissions. 

We continue to be puzzled by the absolute certainty of the environmental left with respect to alleged harms to health from fracking and demands that all fracking stop until studies can be undertaken.  But if the contaminator is industrial wind, the screams call for full speed ahead until medical studies are produced.  The unwillingness of the industry to cooperate in studies insures that they can operate unimpeded in places like Findlay. 

It is disappointing to see that the Ohio Power Siting Board is taking a hands off position.  Do they think this makes them look intelligent? Hardly, it makes them look foolish and useless. Perhaps things will begin to change there as Andre Porter takes over as the newly appointed chairman of the Public Utilities Commission.  Porter is a utilities attorney with experience.  Outgoing Chair, Tom Johnson, will remain on the PUCO board until his term concludes in 2019.  In the meantime, we hope that Senator Cliff Hite will be quick to assist his constituents when and if problems arise….

Construction of five wind turbines, each nearly twice as tall as the Hancock County Courthouse, will begin this spring just outside Findlay, but not everyone thinks they will supply electrical energy as harmlessly and quietly as promised here and elsewhere.
The 262-foot towers, costing about $18 million, will stand near the Whirlpool Corp. and Ball Corp. plants south of Allen Township 215 and north of Hancock County 99 in Allen Township.
One Energy, a Findlay company, plans to sell all of the energy from three turbines to Ball, supplying about 20 percent of the factory’s needs for 20 years. Whirlpool will buy all the energy from two turbines, which will supply about 22 percent of its power needs….

But wind turbines elsewhere have faced criticism on a number of counts….

The Courier » Are wind turbines good neighbors?.

BigWind causing ‘turbulence’ amongst Michigan residents

This story is becoming all too familiar. BigWind builds turbines,  people can’t sleep and their homes are devalued.  It is occurring all over the globe.  And, what were their setbacks established ‘from’? Dwellings, not the property lines.  What does their county commissioner describe this as? “It’s a taking of their property.” Sound familiar, Ohio? House Bill 483 has attempted to help us by increasing our setbacks from the propery line. Let us make sure it doesn’t disappear this year. Rumors abound that some legislators want to destroy 483….  

…Most recently, neighbors of a 14-turbine wind farm in the Upper Peninsula community of Garden filed a lawsuit against the developer in U.S. District Court last month, alleging the project’s noise has harmed their quality of life and property values. In Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb — a focal point for state wind development — county officials are tearing up an “inadequate,” less than 10-year-old wind energy ordinance because, in the words of the county commissioners’ chairman, “people’s rights (are) being violated.”…

“It impacts residents’ enjoyment of their own property — they’re losing sleep because of the turbines’ noise,” she said, adding property values will suffer with the wind farm’s presence….

Setbacks from turbines were also calculated measuring from a neighbor’s occupied dwellings, not their property line — which would then prevent a turbine’s neighbor from further developing their land between their home and the spinning blades.

“It’s a taking of their property,” Nugent said.

The old ordinance also contained noise provisions “so poorly crafted, you couldn’t understand it.”…

Dustups over wind farms: Turbines blamed for noise, dead birds.

How far away does your home have to be from a turbine to keep its $ value?

THE leading wind turbine appraisal expert in the USA has spoken, and what he said is not good for BigWind. Here, in Ohio, we must be thankful for our legislature, last year.  They approved INcreased setbacks from property lines for industrial wind turbines – although still woefully Inadequate.  Additionally, it was refreshing to see our Governor approve a ‘freeze’ on our renewable energy standards. Both of these legislative victories have given us time to gather more information, like this, about the negative impacts that industrial wind turbines can have on our property, communities, citizens, businesses and economy…

Michael McCann, of McCann Appraisal, LLC, a Chicago-based company, testified about property values and how they are negatively affected when wind turbines are installed.

    He said he has 33 years experience in appraising many types of commercial real estate, land and special use properties. He also has extensive litigation experience, qualified as an expert witness in over 20 states, and has testified at federal and state trials, zoning hearings, utility siting boards and arbitration. He has also done work for other wind farm projects throughout the United States….

    He also illustrated reasons for people to sell property with a turbine on or near it include health impacts….

    He also listed issues he called “more physical in nature.” These included trespass or intrusion, excessive noise, vibrations, odor, contaminants and flicker….

    McCann said overall results showed a 25 percent lower value within three miles of the turbines as compared to control sales more than three miles away from turbines.

    Property impact studies have been done throughout the world and one he described showed assessed values indicated a 20 percent deviation from assessed sale value.

    McCann also said he came to some conclusions, including having a setback of less than three miles can cause a significant loss of value, as well as many of the health problems people have described to him in the past that qualified experts have agreed with.

    “They (doctors) do find it happens,” McCann said. “It doesn’t happen to everybody.”

    McCann also noted that people should hire appraisers that comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisers Practice, especially in cases like this.

Experts offers insight to wind farm questions – News – Pontiac Daily Leader – Pontiac, IL – Pontiac, IL.

906 Homes IN OHIO are less than a mile from a turbine…. | Welcome to Greenwich Neighbors United

This is Huron county, Ohio, where a developer has proposed another project for Ohio. Do you have friends/family that live there? Call them and ask them to get involved! Don’t think this couldn’t be YOU next….

Take a look, what we now call home, Greenwich, Ohio an historical rural farming community will become a Wind-Powered Electric Generation Facility unless “We the People” let our governor, state and federal representatives, the Ohio Power Siting Board [always include case no. 13-0990-EL-BGN when communicating with them] on down know of your displeasure! Get moving Greenwich, click on the menu buttons to the left, you will be taken to the page where you may email them. Oh, and by the way, our township trustees are still also very much a part of this, so don’t forget to become involved at both the township & county levels see schedule below!…

via 906 Homes are less than a mile from a turbine…. | Welcome to Greenwich Neighbors United.

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.