Port Authority rejects Apex entry into Allen county!!

One small battle win, in the big war against BigWind. What a wonderful site to see so many Allen and Van Wert residents unite in their opposition to this wind energy transmission line. The decision of the port authority was UNANIMOUS! Apex, however, did not appear to waver, in their desire to make this happen…via another/alternative route.  At least some of the Allen county citizens are now awake/enlightened/informed and common sense will prevail. Now is the time to speak with your farming neighbors and friends, in order to PREVENT Apex from obtaining an alternative route!….

The public has spoken….

It was a packed house for Thursday’s meeting of the Allen County Port Authority.

Members of the public wanted to let their voices be heard concerning a proposal by Apex Clean Energy to build a transmission line to an American Electric Power substation in Lima.

The line would link a proposed Long Prairie Wind Farm in Van Wert county to the Allen county substation.

Apex needed permission from the Port Authority because the line they want to construct runs along the Allen Van Wert rail line and they need an easement from the Port Authority for that to happen….

Source: Port Authority rejects Apex Clean Energy request for transmission line

(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.



BigWind attacking Ohio and it wants to move closer to YOU

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Following a pleasant lull, several troublesome initiatives are back. The first is the renewed effort by unknown renewable profiteers to put an issue on the Ohio ballot to raise $1.3 Billion annually for 10 years to pay themselves to build wind and solar projects. The program would be incorporated in Delaware and administered by an unknown commission. This initiative would be made possible by amending the Ohio Constitution. (Ground Hog Day anyone?) In the recent election, Ohio voters turned down the efforts of marijuana advocates to hijack the Constitution for their own purposes and also voted to stop similar initiatives in the future. We did not know the “future” would come within weeks of the election. This time the hijacker is “clean energy”. In an important Editorial, the Columbus Dispatch attacks the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative labeling it “preposterous” and saying it presents the opportunity for “fraud on a colossal scale”. Uh huh, what else is new? The Dispatch editors write:

“In addition, alternative-energy sources that are seeking public investment by definition have not attracted the needed funds from private investors. That’s typically because the energy is more expensive and less efficient and reliable than traditional sources, making it impossible to compete unless the business is subsidized or operates in an artificial, protected market created by government mandate.”

This is a refreshing bit of news given the blind support for wind and solar mandates by much of the Ohio media. It now remains for the Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Ballot Board to rule on if and how the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative will or will not appear on a future ballot. If they determine the proposal represents a monopoly outlawed under Issue Two, maybe OCE will finally give up.

Closer to home, the wind developers are agitating again to repeal the setback rules. On Wednesday, the Ohio Power Siting Board at last adopted the rule requiring setbacks to be 1,125 feet from the property line. Prior to the OPSB meeting, Senator Bill Seitz convened a small group to discuss the differing positions on setbacks. Iberdrola(in Van Wert/Delphos areas), Apex(inVanWert and Spencerville and Ohio City areas) and AWEA were represented at the meeting along with representatives from Greenwich Neighbors United and Union Neighbors United. Chairman Andre Porter of the PUCO/OPSB was also present. At issue was whether there could be some kind of compromise position on setbacks and waivers. The wind representatives argued that if no home was on an adjacent property, a more reasonable setback would be 1.1 times turbine height (including blade at the tip). Citizens asserted that just because a house is not on a property does not mean the property is not in use for recreation (hunting, golf, riding) or that a future use was not planned for the property. Likewise, farmers should be safe in their fields. Farmers should also be able to safely use aerial spray services. Sen. Seitz advised Chairman Porter that, after studying global setback standards, Ohio’s were not extreme and could even be considered on the short end. Chairman Porter announced he will convene a group of “stakeholders” in January to revisit a number of the wind rules. (Ground Hog Day again – remember the Ohio Wind Working Group?)

The wind industry proposed allowing County Commissioners to reduce the setbacks in their county. Sen. Seitz was very firm that he would never condone giving that power to County Commissioners but that he might entertain giving the power to Township Trustees who would most likely have to live with the effects of such decisions. On Wednesday, November 18th , the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee has scheduled its second hearing on HB 190. It is possible a substitute bill may be introduced that includes some of the wind industry’s desires to change setbacks. Iberdrola asserts that the107 turbine Blue Creek project in Van Wert would only be able to have 10 turbines under the current setbacks. We question that. They also claim that expansion of Blue Creek is not possible due to a number of hold outs who will not sign waivers. In addition, they claim that people in Putnam County near Leipsic are very supportive of having a wind farm…

…The just-certified “green energy” proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution remains a bad idea, as backers make a fourth run at getting the issue before voters.The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would require the state to issue bonds totaling $1.3 billion a year for 10 years. The money would be directed to investments in alternative-energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal, with decisions made by a secretive commission incorporated in the state of Delaware. Ohio taxpayers and legislators would have no say in how the money is awarded….


Source: Bad idea gets worse | The Columbus Dispatch

Apex prowling in Van Wert (Allen,Mercer) county Ohio

Pay attention! We have blogged about this before. Apex has purchased the BP Wind Energy leases that encompass the south end of Van Wert county and abutt Allen county. BP had wanted to utilize the Spencerville-Elgin railroad to transmit their energy East. They are now prowling this area, again…

Representatives of Apex Clean Energy, the Virginia-based company that recently purchased the rights and property contracts for the project from BP Wind, met Thursday with the Van Wert County Board of Commissioners and several trustees of townships that would be affected by the project.

John Arehart, development manager for Apex, talked about the company’s plans for the project, noting that Ohio’s setback rules would have to change before this project – and any other wind project in Ohio – could take place. The project currently holds lease options with approximately 275 landowners in the southern portion of the county.

Arehart noted that Apex will continue preliminary efforts on the project, adding more lease options and doing environmental studies and taking other action to prepare the project to move forward if wind turbine setbacks are lowered again….

via Commissioners, trustees talk wind energy « The VW independent.

A 2-for-1 turbine in Indiana= wind energy plus “FIRE”works!

What a deal, fireworks plus a wind turbine! And, believe it or not, some schools have actually placed them on their school grounds! BP Wind is the group trying to build a farm in Southern Van Wert county, Mercer county, and along the RR that enters Allen county, Ohio through Spencerville….  

A wind turbine in Fowler catches fire in Benton County Friday morning. Witnesses report seeing the turbine shooting flames and sparks from its motor.

The turbine is just off U.S. 52 and County Road 100 South in Benton County. At 6:30 a.m., the Fowler Fire Department dispatched a crew to create a perimeter around the tower.

BP Wind Energy owns the turbine. Fowler Fire Chief Bill Burton said BP told him, whenever this happens, crews should secure the area and not attempt to put the fire out. He said this is something crews are prepared for, but never thought they would see.

“We’ve always been told to just stabilize the area and keep everybody away from it,” said Burton. “It was really close to town, about a mile out. You could see it. It just looked like the fourth of July. There were just sparks going everywhere and flames shooting out.”

Firefighters report it took about 30 minutes for the fire to burnout. No injures have been reported.

BP was unavailable for comment.

via Wind turbine catches fire in Benton County | WLFI.