Illinois residents hear the truth about BigWind and say NO

It is incredible that BigWind denies the truth about the noise, flicker and vibrations, when there are individuals, all over the world, experiencing the problems! Will Wind Turbines become the next scandal like cigarettes? Not only do you read about individuals affected by BigWind, in this article, but you can read the 2nd link (bottom of page) about more individuals suffering in Illinois. One affected citizen complains about noise and he resides 1.5 miles AWAY from a turbine!?! We must be vigilant to stop the efforts of BigWind attempting to reduce our setbacks in Ohio  – below 1,250 feet…..

After 40 days of hearings, the Bureau County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) recommended denial of all of the 127 applications of Walnut Ridge Wind LLC (WRW) to build industrial wind turbines. The ZBA considered the testimony of dozens of witnesses and experts on the impacts of such turbines. Six different people who live near projects in Illinois and Wisconsin testified the turbines cause extreme noise, flickering shadows, vibration and sleep deprivation. They suffered from symptoms commonly known as Wind Turbine Syndrome which involves feelings of motion sickness and vertigo. Three of the families abandoned their dream homes to escape the turbines.

An expert testified that neighbors will sustain up to a 50 percent loss in the value of their property. Nonetheless, WRW refuses to site turbines away from people’s homes nor will it agree to any property value protection plan. The ZBA unanimously found “the applicant has not produced sufficient evidence that the project will not diminish residential property values along the footprint.”…

 

Source: Zoning board denies wind turbines applications | Bureau County Republican

additional: Illinois wind problems

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Kalida, Ohio says NO to BigWind!

How refreshing to know that some Ohioans have common sense!! Congratulations for doing your homework and making an INformed decision!!

Two years after village residents voted 64 to 36 to zone for turbines, based upon approval by council, the village of Kalida said no to wind turbines. In a five-to-one vote during Monday’s regular meeting, members of Kalida Village Council voted down a request by KMI, Inc. to construct two wind turbines to offset the company’s electrical costs.

Former Kalida council member Dick Bockrath spoke on behalf of residents who were opposed to the wind turbine construction. He referred to a mapped diagram of the proposed turbine placement, estimating that approximately 30 homes are located within 1/2 mile radius from one turbine and another 10 from the other. He said that KMI has been a benefit to the community, but that the wind turbine project has met with substantial opposition.

“Shadow flicker, noise, ice throw, just the nuisance of having to look at these gigantic structures, but what it all boils down to is the potential loss of property values,” said Bockrath. “The village looks good. Why do we want to take a chance jeopardizing that?”

Bockrath referred to research he had conducted which resulted in governmental documents and public case studies in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Illinois. He noted that he was unable to locate a situation in Ohio which would mirror the KMI wind turbine proposal….

via Kalida rejects KMI wind turbines – Putnam Sentinel.

Ohio wind turbine setbacks are WEAK vs. international ones

 

The comments below are from a review of wind turbine setbacks from around the world that was conducted by the State of Minnesota.  It appears that Ohio’s siting regulations are among the least protective in the world.   The report notes that “For countries with required or recommended wind turbine setback distances, the average lower setback distance is approximately 470 meters (1,542 feet), and the average upper setback distance is approximately 700 meters (2,297 feet).”   Interesting, too, is the discussion of shadow flicker which generally has been recommended as being limited to 30 hours per year.  The Minnesota report makes it clear that 30 hours is the worst maximum allowed and that 8 hours per year of actual flicker is the more acceptable standard.  Ohio uses 30 hours as their standard.  It does not appear that most countries have standards for inaudible noise which has come to prominence with the increasing size of turbines.  Infrasound is a significant issue and it largely absent from the Minnesota Report….paste the link below to see the entire report...

The generation of electrical energy from wind, or wind energy, is a priority for the United States and the state of Minnesota. At the national level, the United States Department of Energy has published a report called 20% Wind Energy by 2030, created tax credit breaks for developing and using renewable energy, and funded wind energy research and development.1 However, there is no federal renewable portfolio standard requiring that increased amounts of the United States’ energy come from renewable energy sources, although thirty of the fifty states have such a standard.2 Minnesota’s renewable energy objective calls for 25% of the state’s electrical energy to come from renewable sources including wind energy by 2025.3

While many people support wind energy, some have become concerned about possible impacts to their quality of life due to wind turbines, including noise, shadow flicker, and visual impacts, especially when they believe a wind turbine may be placed too close to their home. There is no worldwide agreement on appropriate wind turbine setback distances from homes; in fact, there is very limited awareness of wind turbine setbacks in other countries, or why a particular setback distance or limit was chosen. This report attempts to identify and clarify existing governmental requirements and recommendations regarding wind turbine setbacks from residences. It also attempts to identify the rationale behind current policies and whether or not the policies are based on public opinion or research. This report does not argue in favor of or against wind power, nor does it identify a best setback distance or measure. The goal of this report is to provide a resource of existing policies and recommendations regarding setbacks from residences in major wind energy-producing countries besides the United States.

Imagine 1 turbine every 10 miles across the ENTIRE state of Ohio!

Last week, the Senate Public Utilities Committee resumed hearings on Sub. Senate Bill 58 to modify the energy mandates. Excerpts from 1 of the testimonies is below.  The testimony of Kevon Martis notes that to fulfill the Ohio renewable mandate would require 6,765 MW’s of installed wind capacity with a generous capacity factor of 30%.  That translates into 4,000 1.7MW G.E. turbines or one turbine per every ten square miles across the entire State of Ohio.   When you consider that commercially viable wind resources are only present in less than 5% of Ohio’s land mass, it means fulfillment of the mandate would eventually obliterate certain counties. What would this do for future economic growth? Future residential growth and property taxes? This scenario is a nightmare, but not as much as the one noted below. Our pitiful setbacks from residences, instead of property lines, means that children can end up playing in a dangerous area – an area that the industry considers necessary to mandate that their workers wear hardhats and steel toed boots.  In some cases, this area could even be located on a school property, where we believe our children should be “safe”…

Testimony of Joshua J. Nolan, Esq., IICC…

As an attorney licensed in both Ohio and Michigan, I have represented individuals, farmers, wind turbine lease holders, and non-profit corporations whom are faced with questions surrounding industrial wind turbines.  Some of those clients have sought my counsel prior to the construction of any turbines in their area, whereas other have attempted to take action only after their landscape has been altered forever.  When possible, I volunteer my services to help educate others of the dangers of improperly sited industrial wind turbines….

As this panel is undoubtedly aware, the constitutionality of Ohio’s in-state generation mandate is highly questionable.  Although stated in dicta, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals made it crystal clear that in-state generation mandates like those contained in Michigan’s P.A. 295 (which is substantially similar to Ohio’s SB221) are viewed as unconstitutional encroachments upon Congress’ exclusive authority to regulate interstate commerce.  If, as Judge Posner stated, “Michigan cannot, without violating the commerce clause of Article 1 of the Constitution, discriminate against out-of-state renewable energy,” neither can Ohio.

Because of this unconstitutional in-state generation mandate, SB221 was successful in creating a market for renewable energy where none existed.  However, many Ohio residents have paid a steep price to create that market.  Because SB221 demands that Ohio produce a certain amount of renewable energy, regardless of its suitability for producing such energy.  Ohio residents have been forced to deal with the consequences of an industry ill-suited for its environment due to population density and questionable wind resources.  These factors have led to the improper and unsafe siting of industrial wind turbines throughout rural Ohio, without due regard for their impact on existing residents….

SB 221’s unconstitutional in-state generation mandate is the reason that children (whom have not even left their own yards) are forced to live and play inside the danger zones within which turbine manufacturers require their own employees to wear hard hats and steel toe boots.  And that same constitutional in-state generation mandate is used as a shield to defend against claims from those whose lives have been disrupted by noise pollution and sleep deprivation following the forced placement of industrial wind turbines next to their home….

To be clear, the need to end this oppression of Ohio’s rural residents is neither a Republican, nor a Democratic issue.  It is not a Conservative or a Progressive issue.  This is an issue that crosses all races, religions, creeds, colors, and yes, even political parties.  Low frequency noise emitted by industrial wind turbines knows no color, race, or gender.  Shadow flicker does not distinguish on the basis of income or one’s belief in the proper role of government.  A chunk of flying turbine blade debris will not alter its flight because the adjacent landowner voted Democratic in the last election….