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.

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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.

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.

Could BigWind make you abandon home due to noise?

As BigWind decried Ohio’s new setback law of 1250feet from a property line, we see why INCreasing setbacks are important. This industry is growing – and I don’t mean, just spreading across the country – they are growing in height. This article refers to 500 foot turbines. As their height continues to rise, so do their problems: noise, vibrations, ice throws, etc.  As the industry evolves, so should the laws that protect our citizens…

Pontiac, Ill.Everyone has heard about the pros and cons of wind farms and those attending a recent town hall-style meeting hosted by some Livingston County Board members heard mostly about the latter….

Guest speaker Ted Hartke discussed his family’s experience living in an Invenergy wind farm in Vermilion County.

In January, they turned on these wind turbines and we all had sleepless nights. We prayed that we’d get used to the noise, but we did not. It got worse,” Hartke explained.

During his speech, in which his voice cracked with emotion a few times, Hartke said the noise of a “thump” from nearby turbines kept his family from falling asleep each night. He also said his family’s home was no longer peaceful and everybody was on a short fuse from a lack of sleep.

“We abandoned our home and now live in a double-wide mobile home trailer,” he added….

Read more: http://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/article/20140702/News/140709858#ixzz36MwuuFaavia Group speaks out against wind farm potential – News – Pontiac Daily Leader – Pontiac, IL – Pontiac, IL.

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.

Farmers in Illinois unite to tell the truth about BigWind

This is exactly what is needed; people speaking the TRUTH about this industry. You will not hear it from the developers! As wind energy spreads across our great nation, these groups will continue to grow and individuals will begin speaking out, but it does take time. Let us hope it doesn’t take too long, though, as they are spreading quickly like the plague!…

The Informed Farmers Coalition IFC, a group of Lee, Bureau and Whiteside county landowners and citizens, is working to spread awareness about wind turbine project development and the adverse effects it may have on these communities. The group is hoping to raise awareness about the Green River and Walnut Ridge turbine projects owned by Geronimo Energy. Geronimo is currently contacting area farmers to sign new contracts with the company. IFC wants to make sure all area farmers understand the facts concerning wind farm development.

“The Informed Farmers have spent the last three years attempting to educate local citizens on the problems and challenges associated with Wind Turbine Developments. In that time more and more information has become available and the public has become more informed. However, turbine developers continue to mislead the public about problems that continue to exist with wind development. That fact, in addition to a renewed effort to reach new landowners by a subsequent buyer of two local projects, causes us to renew our efforts to make sure the citizens of our local community are informed,” said Kendall Guither, IFC spokesperson.

Many families are speaking up and sharing their personal experience with a wind turbine project near their home. Ted Hartke is a landowner who learned the hard way that the benefits do not outweigh the hardships. He says his entire family has been negatively affected by the turbines on their property.

“I never had any concerns about the wind project being built near my home and had initially thought that the project would be good for my community and my childrens school,” stated Hartke. “But then the turbines turned on and the noise began hurting my wife and kids. Because of wind turbine noise, our entire family suffered major sleep deprivation and then we all began developing health problems. My children struggled at school, and my wife and I began having difficulty with our memory and ability to concentrate and function at work.”…

via Amboy News Informed farmers coalition to educate farmers on wind turbine projects.