Will Ohio legislators believe BigWind or look to the TRUTH that has happened in Minnesota?

Ohio legislators have a couple of BigWind legislation pieces to vote on, in the upcoming weeks.  Informed, educated Ohioans do NOT want BigWind in their backyard, for a variety of reasons. However, most legislators don’t really care about doesn’t directly affect them.  Below, is a prime example of how BigWind AFFECTS ALL OF US.  Ohioans, like Minnesota, enjoy the benefits of cheap electricity.  Yes, our electric bills are rising, but they are nowhere near many Americans pay for electricity.  Ohio does not need BigWind and neither do our bills.  Below is proof that BigWind WILL RAISE ELECTRICITY RATES for ALL Ohioans.  Senator Cliff Hite refuses to acknowledge these truths…

In recent years, the state of Minnesota has pursued a series of increasingly aggressive renewable energy and “clean energy” policies that cost electricity consumers billions of dollars, without achieving its ambitious environmental protection goals….

Historically, Minnesota enjoyed the advantage of relatively cheap electricity, with rates typically 18 percent less than the national average. However, since spending an estimated $10 billion on building wind farms and billions more on new and upgraded  transmission lines, Minnesota has lost this competitive advantage with little to show for it, except higher electric bills. As electricity generation from carbon free wind approaches 20 percent of total generation, Minnesota has not experienced any appreciable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to the U.S. average.

This report evaluates Minnesota’s energy policy and reaches five main findings that buttress one conclusion: Minnesota’s aspirational energy policy is a grand exercise in virtue signaling that does little to reduce either conventional pollution or greenhouse gas emissions.

Minnesota has lost its advantage on electricity pricing. Between 1990 and 2009, the retail price of electricity in Minnesota was, on average, 18.2 percent lower than the national average. However, in just seven years, this price advantage has completely disappeared. February 2017 marked the first month the average retail price of electricity in Minnesota rose above the U.S. price. (Data are available dating back to 1990.) If in the past seven years Minnesota would have maintained its historic price advantage versus the rest of the country, the state’s consumers would have paid nearly $4.4 billion less than what the actual cost of electricity turned out to be.

Minnesota’s energy policy primarily promotes wind power. Minnesota’s energy policy emphasizing renewable energy is mostly an electricity policy, which represents only about 40 percent of the state’s total energy consumption. Because Minnesota’s geography is not suitable for large-scale solar power, it aims, to date, for only modest increases in solar. As such, Minnesota’s energy policy is primarily a wind-energy policy.

Minnesota’s energy policy is failing on its own terms, as it has not achieved a significant reduction in CO2 emissions….

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Time to cut through the BigWind bull in Ohio…

Reading below, you would ‘think’ that the Mercer county engineer did something odd, by notifying county residents that BigWind was, again, prowling in the area. The reality? Apex, which apparently now wants to be called, ACE, SCHEDULED A MEETING WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, MID MONTH…ACE has, since this, CANCELLED their meeting.  Their failure to build in S Van Wert county has NOTHING to do with setbacks- that’s a political ponzi scheme- instead, ACE can’t get to a substation because educated land owners refuse to give them the rights. They are having to ‘renew’ leases because this reality has stalled their plans….plans to desecrate the landscape, plans to destroy bird/bat habitat, plans to harm the health of some neighbors.  There is no doubt that ACE WANTS to acquire more land- ALL of the BigWind companies do!….
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart claims Apex Clean Energy has been attempting to secure land rights from property owners in northern Mercer County for wind turbines, without notifying the public or local governments.
Company representatives, though, told the newspaper they’re not actively seeking any new properties in northern Mercer County at this time.
“Because your livelihood and the well-being of your land is important, I would like you to be aware of this proposed large scale industrial wind turbine project that Apex Clean Energy is attempting to develop and how you, as landowners, can help protect your land,” Wiechart wrote in a news released he issued on Friday afternoon.
Local officials, Wiechart said, have limited to no authority when it comes to regulating “large landscape-altering projects.”
“Instead, this authority currently resides with the Ohio Power Siting Board,” Wiechart wrote. “The only real and tangible method to preclude a landscape altering development across a multiple township area is for the company (Apex Clean Energy) to be unable to acquire land rights in a geographic foot print to site.”
Weichart requested that all landowners approached by ACE, or any other wind development company, educate themselves about the “significant rights” they are granting before signing any contracts…
“We’re renewing leases, but we’re not really aggressively pursuing anything,” Moser said. “Right now nothing’s happening because of the setbacks at the state level, so there’s not going to be anything happening in Van Wert or Mercer County until the legislation figures things out at the state level.”…
“Currently Apex has invested over $19 million in Ohio, so it’s hard to keep investing when you can’t build,” Moser said. “We don’t really want to put a lot more money out there until we know what’s going to happen with (the legislation), so we’re just kind of on hold. I think there’s just people trying to stir the pot in Mercer County, to be honest.”…
Steve Caminati, senior manager of strategic engagement at ACE, also said the company was not looking to acquire any new properties in northern Mercer County at this time. He wondered aloud if there might be confusion concerning old land leases, but did not elaborate further, saying he needs to look into the matter.
“With the current state setback requirements, this project is pretty much on hold,” Caminati said.

Source: Official claims wind company seeking land for turbines | The Daily Standard Stories

8 BigWind turbines create health problems for >=50 residents. Is Ohio paying attention?

Is Ohio paying attention to this reality? NO. We currently have 2 pieces of legislation up for a vote to significantly reduce the protective setback for industrial wind energy turbines. Many senators and representatives are oblivious, ignorant, or simply careless. (Senators Skindell, Brown, Yuko, O’Brien, Schiavoni, Tavares, Thomas, Williams,  Hite and Representatives Burkley and Brown) This is such a shame….May God Bless Van Wert and Citizens for Clear Skies in their pursuits…

…The small town of Glenmore sits near the other end of the Niagara escarpment in Brown County, Wisconsin. I’ve followed their story from the time Apex “Clean” Energy invaded our beautiful countryside and divided our peaceful little towns.

Duke Energy-owned Shirley Wind, with just eight 492-foot turbines, has been nothing short of a nightmare for numerous families living near the project. Ever since the blades on these 2.5 mW industrial turbines began turning, life changed dramatically for at least 20 families. Initially unaware of the correlation between their symptoms and the low frequency noise and infrasonic by-products of wind-generated electricity, more than 50 residents have pleaded to the Brown County Board of Health for help.

Three families have been forced to abandon their homes to seek relief from the incessant noise and related illnesses. What possible reason, other than inability to live among the turbines, would prompt these families to flee and bear the financial burden of two mortgages?…

Source: MAILBAG: Shirley Wind, a cautionary tale for New York State | Opinion | lockportjournal.com

Can BigWind (hidden consequences) send us BACK to the dark ages?

Could BigWind actually cause human progress to REGRESS? Could renewable energy actually send us into a tailspin toward the PAST? As the world runs toward renewable energy, will we be FORCED to curtail our electrical usage, based on weather patterns? The article, below, does beg us to consider the longer consequences of instability onto our electrical grids….

The hidden consequences of a massive use of intermittent renewable energy systems for electricity production are highlighted, using existing electricity production data from Germany from the last 5 years…The high variability of both sun and wind leads to periods of massive overproduction as well as renewable power shortages. To compensate this, ideally, both storage and backup power should be able to deliver at any moment nearly the full load of the grid. However, storage at the scale required for a hypothesized 100% renewable system is not feasible with current technologies. Battery storage is totally insufficient and will need a substantial technological breakthrough… It is clear that there is an urgent need for a critical assessment of the practical feasibility of a 100% renewable power system with due consideration of the required backup/storage system.

If the outcome of these studies is that the required huge storage systems are unfeasible and that at the same time fossil and nuclear options are rejected, the only solution is to adapt the activity of the society to the availability of electricity and to restrict power availability to part of the population/activities during periods of darkness or absence of wind. If badly planned, we risk entering a new era where daily life could depend again on the variability of the weather, as it was centuries ago….

Source: Hidden consequences of intermittent electricity production

Life among Van Wert, Ohio turbines. Senator Hite, are you listening?

State Sen. Cliff Hite wants wind turbine setbacks changed.

I live among turbines in the Blue Creek wind project in Van Wert County. The closest turbine is approximately 1,700 feet from my home. This turbine and others that are not as close have caused sleepless nights, headaches and head pulses. That is just in my home. Others suffer from migraines, dizziness and chest pains.

These are just health concerns. There are many who have TV and cell phone interruption, drainage issues, cracked garage floors, well issues, soil compaction, loss of crop yields, and loss of property value. It is difficult to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful day, or to open windows when it is cool enough not to have air conditioning running. I can even hear the noise of the turbines inside my home with windows and doors closed and the TV or radio playing.

Last summer, a turbine started a whining sound which then became a siren sound. This sound continued for six months. I had to leave my home several times because the noise was unbearable. Is this leaving Ohio for the better?…

Source: Letter: Life among wind turbines – The Lima News

Ohio Senator Cliff Hite doesn’t understand the purpose of zoning, with new legislation

In a Press Conference held near the Hog Creek wind project site near Dunkirk in Hardin County, Sen. Cliff Hite announced his introduction of Senate Bill 188 to reduce setbacks for industrial wind facilities.   It has not yet been scheduled for a hearing nor has it been referred to a Committee.  The bill has 14 co-sponsors, all of whom are Republican except for Sen. Joe Schiavoni who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Three co-sponsors are members of the Senate Leadership and 4 serve on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee while two sit on the Public Utilities Committee.  Most of the sponsors will never be affected by a wind facility.  Sen. Randy Gardener of Bowling Green is likely the only exception.  Gardener represents Erie, Fulton (part), Lucas (part), Ottawa and Wood Counties and he is not eligible to run again.  

Hite also claims that he has resolutions passed in Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky and Seneca counties in support of his language but it is unclear exactly what entities passed such resolutions. It could be County Commissioners, Township Trustees, the Farm Bureau or the local branches of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund or Friends of Al Gore. 

In announcing his bill, Hite said “”It just moves it a little bit into what some people wanted who were against these projects – more safety room – but it doesn’t hinder people who want to do these projects,” Sen. Hite said. “So it was a really nice compromise.”    Of course this is laughable.  The issue continues to be the unwanted appropriation of private property by wind developers.   Hite wants to give land that he doesn’t own away to the wind industry for free.   But as the people who are impacted by the trespass of wind turbine nuisance effects onto their land, there is fierce resistance.  People living in and near the footprint of the Blue Creek project in Van Wert are the poster children for these harmful effects. 

Despite all of this, Hite said in his press conference today that ““People don’t want a monstrosity blocking their sunset. I don’t know what to say about that,” Hite said. But he said the setback rules interfere with the right of property owners to decide how to best use their land.”   Message to Cliff: That is what zoning is all about – separating incompatible land uses and protecting neighboring properties from the intrusion of nuisance.

We remind our readers that turbine size continues to increase while SB 188 proposes to cut setbacks in half.  In fact, the bill enables projects that were certified prior to 2014 to retain their 750 foot setback from a property line even the project is or was subsequently amended.  Below are illustrations of how turbines have increased in size over time as well as a sample of what some setbacks look like.  This past Tuesday, G.E. introduced its newest onshore model. “The new 4.8 MW turbine is equipped with a 158-meter rotor and a range of tip heights up to 240 meters”   Consider that 240 meters is 787 feet.   First Nordex announced a new taller model and now G.E.   The G.E. blade is 77 meters long  which is 252 feet long.   These longer blades cannot help but vibrate and emit low frequency noise.  

It is notable that while Hite is busy trying to legalize theft of private property rights, Germany’s largest state is working “to implement a distance rule of 1,500 metres ( about 5,000 feet or a mile) to pure and general residential areas,” the two parties say in a 125-page-long coalition agreement, arguing such a rule would help maintain the acceptance for wind energy among the population.”   Back in the U.S. a turbine fire in Wyoming has burned more than 1,500 acres.

As we approach Halloween, the wind industry, the Ohio Senate and Cliff Hite just get scarier.   A new task force  has been created in the House and it will be chaired by Rep. Bill Seitz.   When the Senate gets through with SB 188, it might go to this Ad Hoc Energy Panel for review.   According to one report, “The task force forms at a time when several controversial energy-related bills are pending in either chamber, including proposals to render renewable energy standards unenforceable goals (HB 114) ); subsidize both nuclear plants (SB 128 & HB 178)  and costs for Ohio Valley Electric Corporation owners (SB 155 & HB 239); regulate submetering (HB 249 & SB 157); and reduce wind setbacks.”  …

Statehouse News  September 14, 2017

Lawmaker Unveils ‘Sensible Compromise’ Bill On Wind Turbine Setbacks

 Sen. Cliff Hite on Thursday announced a bill to loosen wind setback requirements and predicted a “groundswell” of support from House Republicans who earlier this year sidelined his budget proposal on the issue.

The Findlay Republican made the announcement at the Hog Creek Wind Farm site in Dunkirk alongside local business leaders, saying the bill (SB 188) will strengthen Ohio businesses and land more revenue in the coffers of local governments and schools.

“It just moves it a little bit into what some people wanted who were against these projects – more safety room – but it doesn’t hinder people who want to do these projects,” Sen. Hite said. “So it was a really nice compromise.”

The lawmaker from the wind-rich 1st Senate District has long pushed for walking back 2014 legislation that critics contend stalled wind farm development. His most recent effort – the budget amendment – was nixed by House Republicans in the closing days of budget talks.

The sponsor said 14 Republican senators have already signed onto the legislation as cosponsors and that he’s making progress enlisting support from the House. He predicted a continued “groundswell of support” from House Republicans and said the Democratic Party shouldn’t have a monopoly on pro-renewable energy views.

“What astonishes me is why one political party – and not mine – seems to have a corner market on these types of projects,” he said. “I think this is a Republican idea. I think this is a conservative idea.”

The bill would increase the setback to a minimum of one and two-tenths times the total height of the turbine compared to the currently required one and one-tenth requirement. But it would decrease overall setbacks by requiring a distance of at least 1,225 feet in horizontal distance from the exterior – rather than the property line as under current law – of the nearest, habitable residential structure.

The bill also seeks to strengthen public notification requirements, according to the latest draft language provided by Sen. Hite’s office. In doing so it would require developers to hold a public meeting no later than 90 days before filing an application and provide notice through publication in newspapers and through a letter to each property owner and tenant residing on property abutting the proposed wind farm.

In addition to spurring wind farm development, Sen. Hite said the bill would open up new markets to Ohio-based wind turbine manufacturers…

 

BigWind fire burns 1600 acres, yet Ohio Senator Cliff Hite wants it next to your home!

To the Cleveland, Ohio Democratic Senators and Ohio Republican Senator, Cliff Hite, WHY do you want to put a 660 foot turbine next to an Ohio home?  Could YOU be legally liable if you successfully pass such shortened protective setbacks between turbines and home- and a fire damages neighboring property? YOU SHOULD BE!…

The (turbine) Cowboy Fire is burning on an estimated 1,592 acres northeast of Evanston, and as of Sunday the blaze is 50% contained…

County Fire Warden Eric Quinney said crews made progress Sunday as they worked to get around 18 miles of fire line. Air crews made retardant drops Saturday, but no air resources were utilized Sunday…

Source: Cowboy Fire sparked by wind turbine burning on 1,592 acres near Evanston | fox13now.com