(Big)Wind NOT a boon for ALL Van Wert county, Ohio, residents

Wind not a boon for all Van Wert County residents

This letter is in response to Jason Dagger’s guest perspective concerning a PILOT for Logan County. Van Wert County went through this just a few years ago and we know the local Van Wert Chamber of Commerce director, Susan Munroe(currently employed by ALLEN COUNTY), is active in promoting wind energy for both Iberdrola and Apex. We are unsure how promoting wind energy around the country is a part of her job in supporting the local prosperity of our community. Yes, the construction of an industrial wind site brought temporary jobs for the months it was under construction, When construction was finished only a few positions were established for the maintenance of these turbines. The Blue Creek project manager has not even bought a home in our community nor has he moved his family here although there are plenty of residences for sale under the windmills. We were also told when we built the new schools that the industries would be impressed and decide to locate here. It hasn’t happened. We even have a mega-site that is ready for occupancy and no one seems to be interested in that either.

What we have had instead are landowners who were leased from at different rates. Decommissioning bonds set at, I believe, $5,000 per turbine in Van Wert County vs. $75,000 in Paulding County. Farmers whose crop yields will never be the same again because of the destruction of massive cranes traveling across farm drainage. Roads will never be close to original condi- tion. Many homeowners suffer from headaches, nausea, sleep deprivation etc. The Blue Creek wind project refused to hand over post-construction reports on bird and bat kill even though an area exterminator has to clean under the windmills before the coyotes do. Expect massive bird kill as Ohio is on many migratory routes. The bald eagle is starting to be re-established in this area and what a shame it will be if this protected bird is destroyed by wind energy.

Two of the county schools have reaped benefits and are almost giddy at what wind energy has provided them. They seem to forget where the money originated. You and me. Now some of the poorer districts around the state want their share. What is to stop Columbus from taking from the rich districts to give to the poor? Sounds like Robin Hood.

Now there is “buyer remorse” by those who leased their valuable farms. They are promised where the meteorological towers and turbines will be placed, but it is never where they say because the landowner has given his property right over to the wind developer. He can’t even park his wagons on the drive back to the tur- bine to fill them during harvest even though he owns the land. There is something about a no interference clause. You can’t even build on your own property without permission nor plant trees.

Wind energy is like a very attractive woman, but anybody who has a relationship with her ends up with extremely serious social issues.



Wind energy firm sues to HIDE THE TRUTH and Ohio seeks to protect it

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed Amended Sub HB 490.  This is a large bill, but on page 151 and 152 of the bill was a small provision to enable the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources to regulate wildlife kills at industrial wind facilities.  Many species are protected at the federal level but there are many other species that are not.  The language in the bill gave ODNR the power to establish State “take permits” for allowable levels of wildlife kill.  This would be important for eagles around Lake Erie and Indian Lake and other bats and raptors in our communities. During consideration in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, AWEA lobbyist Dayna Baird and two other wind companies testified against the provisions and requested their removal. 

On a related and timely note, we see that one wind developer based in Oregon (and owned by Warren Buffet)  has tried to block release of bird and eagle death information from the US Fish and Wildlife Services.  The Associated Press was trying to obtain permitted kill data collected under federal “take permit”  programs.  The AP wanted to know more about the efforts of wind companies to collect the carcasses of the dead animals.   USFWS was agreeable to sharing information and so the wind developer has sued them. It is refreshing to see that some in the press are pursuing the truth. 

We look forward to following this case and to the eventual dismantling of the argument by wind developers that more “birds” (raptors) are killed by cars and buildings than wind turbines.  Again, the timing of this effort by the AP and the wind industry’s efforts to prevent data collection, management and permitting of wildlife kills in Ohio is curious and, we suspect, not a coincidence….

A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities….

The information the AP sought was part of its larger investigation into bird and eagle deaths at wind farms and the administration’s reluctance to prosecute the cases as it advocated the pollution-free energy source. The AP asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for data collected under corporate permits about the companies’ efforts to collect the carcasses of protected bird species, including eagles and migratory birds, found dead at their facilities….

Wind energy firm sues to block bird death data release | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour.

Feds must LIKE mosquitos and crop pests…

The hypocrisy is astounding. Other producers are fined $millions for taking endangered species, but BigWind is given a pass, EVERY time. And, the phrase “kill more than 60 endangered bats during the next 25 years” is laughable. We know these blades THROW birds/bats well beyond the radius that BigWind uses for their statistics. It is just a matter of time before Midwest crops are adversely affected by the massive bat kills and our use of pesticides is dramatically increased. How do Sierra Club members sleep at night? 

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an industrial wind farm’s application to kill more than 60 endangered bats during the next 25 years.

Little Electricity, Many Kills

At the price of killing dozens of endangered bats, the proposed wind farm is not expected to produce much electricity. Operating at peak capacity during ideal wind conditions, the wind farm will produce about 5 to 10 percent as much power as a conventional coal or natural gas power plant. The wind farm is expected to operate at peak capacity less than a quarter of the time. Backup coal and natural gas power plants will have to continue operating even while the wind is blowing, in order to quickly ramp up and down to compensate for minute-by-minute and second-by-second wind variance. The ramping up and down of coal and natural gas backup power plants will reduce their efficiency and cause them to emit more pollution per megawatt of electricity generated than would be the case without the wind farm.

The wind farm seeks a permit to kill endangered Indiana bats and Virginia big-eared bats. Both species are endangered and experiencing rapid declines in numbers.”

via Feds Consider West Virginia Wind Farm Permit to Kill Endangered Bats | Heartlander Magazine.