BigWind finally admits ‘Wind resource is limited in Ohio’

Finally, a large industrial wind turbine company, NextEra, admits that Ohio is a terrible place for wind turbines. Tell your friends this truth!! Go to the HOME page of our website and you will see just how bad. BigWind has only been here for the free ride on our tax dollars, and now that SB310 is indefinitely ‘frozen’, times are tougher for parasites. On the positive side, read our blog from yesterday, highlighting the announcement of 2 new natural gas plants in Ohio, that will produce hundreds of good jobs and clean, reliable power!! This is encouraging news for other counties struggling with similar plights…

One of two large wind energy projects proposed for the northern reaches of Crawford County is no longer going forward.

The Honey Creek Wind Farm, which had been in the preliminary stages of development since 2011, would have consisted of about 115 wind turbines spread across 14,000 acres of leased land in Crawford County’s Lykens and Chatfield townships, as well as Bloomville, Bloom and Venice townships in Seneca County.

However, the developer behind the project, NextEra Energy Honey Creek Wind LLC, is pulling out….

“Wind resource is extremely limited in Ohio; there are not many project sites with the wind resource necessary to support a utility-scale project. The convergence of sufficient wind resources, sufficient transmission capacity and interested landowners willing to lease their land — all are needed for a viable wind energy project,” NextEra said in a motion before the Ohio Power Siting Board in 2011….

 

Source: Proposed wind farm in county halted

Iberdrola #1 for receiving federal handouts = $2,172,641,752

Iberdrola is #1 and NextEra is #2.  This is no surprise to those of us who follow the BigWindustry. These companies are here to suck the blood from taxpayers, and what do they have to show for it? After almost 30 years of the Production Tax Credit, the entire Windustry produces less than 5% of our electricity nationwide. Do you believe that if Van Wert county knew this, the commissioners would have been as likely to grant Iberdrola the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) in their county?

Since 2000, the federal government has awarded $68 billion in grants and allocated tax credits, with fewer than 600 companies receiving two-thirds of the total. Six parent companies have received $1 billion or more;..

The company with the largest total, $2.2 billion, is not a household name in the United States. The Spanish electric utility Iberdrola has invested heav- ily in U.S. power generation facilities, especially renewables.

Many of the wind farms it acquired or built have taken advantage of a provision in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Section 1603) that allows companies to receive cash pay- ments in lieu of tax credits for the installation of renewable energy properties.17 Section 1603 has awarded more than $23 billion to companies with U.S. and foreign parents.

 

NextEra Energy, the parent of Florida Power & Light and number two on the list, got about 90 percent of its grants from Section 1603

Iberdrola, the Spanish energy company that by vir- tue of its U.S. renewable energy properties became the largest recipient of federal grants and allocated tax credits, is far from the only foreign corporation that has gotten assistance from Uncle Sam.

The 50 parent companies receiving the most federal grants and allocated tax credits include 10 foreign- based firms: two each from Germany and Spain and one each from Australia, China, France, Israel, Japan and Portugal. Nearly all are energy companies….

 via: http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdf/UncleSamsFavoriteCorporations.pdf

Republican Ohio Senators ‘stay the night’ to pass SB 310 !

NW Ohio wind turbines

Hallelujiah! At about 1:00 this morning the Senate voted to adopt SB 310 to freeze the renewable energy mandate.  NextEra, a wind developer, says we have won “for now”.  But it is a big win and we believe a strong case can be made for why the mandate harms ratepayers while enriching the investment banking community.  At the end of the day we think this is more about money than it is about energy.  Next week the House will begin hearings on the bill and it is expected to pass.  A study committee will be formed and the work will begin again.  

Elsewhere, UNU (Ohio) filed its reply brief with the Ohio Supreme Court. The brief addresses the Constitutionality of the in-state mandate.  This will be the last document filed before the oral arguments in the court which will likely take place in the fall.    

 We also understand from a recent conversation with a Congressman, that the Production Tax Credit may not be extended this time.   Iberdrola announced today the abandonment (for now) of a project in New York  with local reports saying: ““It lines right up with what the town has been sharing with anyone who’s been asking us,” he said Wednesday. “Iberdrola withdrew their local application quite a while ago, and we have had no communications with them. If the tax credits both at the state and federal level aren’t there, these projects are not economically viable.” (town supervisor, article from Times 5/8/14 Developer withdraws aplication for Horse Creek Wind farm in Clayton)…

Do you like the photo of NW Ohio above? It has a profoundly true caption on the website states that ‘wind turbines generate electricity on a farm straddling Paulding and Van Wert counties in NW Ohio’. They can’t say A LOT or MUCH, as we know the truth is very LITTLE (probably 25% of what they advertised to us before building). Remember, Ohio is not even ranked in the top 20 states for wind power potential and our capacity factors are pathetic, at below 30%- and that is for the new turbines. Capacity factors drop as turbines age….

The Ohio Senate early today passed a two-year pause in annual increases in the state’s “green” energy standards, following days of negotiations with Gov. John Kasich’s office and in spite of adamant opposition.Senate Bill 310 passed 21-11. Senators did not finish debating the bill until after 1 a.m….

“One of the essential tenets of this debate has been how to best protect ratepayers,” said Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati.

Senate Republicans had hoped to include a provision that would allow households to opt out of paying for some of the standards on their electricity bills. Lawmakers said they removed that part of the bill at the insistence of Kasich’s office.

That was one of many last-minute changes that rankled some senators.

Supporters say the continued escalation of the standards will lead to costs that exceed the benefits, which will lead to increases in electricity bills.

 

via Bill to pause green-energy standards passes Ohio Senate | The Columbus Dispatch.