Stay vigilant: Proof that BigWind spreads like an algae bloom

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We are thankful that Allen County, Ohio, said NO to Apex Clean Energy and denied the use of the RR to build an energy transmission line. One argument was that industrial wind sites spread like an algae bloom.  In other words, the boundaries of the initial site expand over time, in multiple phases. What may ‘appear’ to be one site becomes multiple sites over a short period of time. If Apex is successful in building the LongPrairie Wind site in Southern Van Wert county, all neighboring counties are at risk….

As many may now know, the Towns of Yates and Somerset, The County Legislatures of Orleans, Niagara and Erie, The Western New York Delegation of State Legislators along with many other public and private organizations have opposed the proposed siting of the Lighthouse Wind Project in Somerset and Yates. Additionally, APEX has now proposed yet another industrial wind turbine project…
Interesting new information has come to light however. The original proposed site of APEX’s Lighthouse Wind Industrial Wind Turbine project has expanded from the original siting plan

To a significantly modified project…

This represents a significant southward expansion of the project.
In other news, I have heard that there are APEX signs now posted in the town of Ridgeway. As concerned citizens, we must ask:
Has APEX now also targeted Ridgeway for Industrial Wind Turbines?
Is APEX trying to “connect the dots” between their proposed Lighthouse Wind Industrial Wind Turbine Project in Somerset/Yates and the Heritage Wind Industrial Wind Turbine Project in Barre?
Are there additional APEX targets in the Orleans and Niagara counties?…

Source: Wind turbines: Questions that need answers

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Neighbors say NO, so BigWind goes UNDERground in Ohio, literally

If you can’t work with them (the public, community, neighbors), then just go under them. BigWind is frustrated, so they want to do something that has never been done – bury their transmission lines underground, through a public right of way, to force their way into a community. Is anywhere safe???????

The proposed Black Fork Wind Farm in the northern reaches of both Crawford and Richland counties is stuck in a ditch after a Wednesday meeting of the Crawford County Commissioners.

Actually, it’s stuck trying to get into the ditch.

Representatives of Capital Power, the company developing the project, have asked commissioners for permission to bury power lines in nearly six miles of ditches along roads in both Vernon and Auburn Townships.

Doug Weisenauer, president of the commissioners, said permission is needed because Capital Power has not been given approval to run power lines through private farms to each of the 91 planned turbines. Since the ditches are public land, Weisenauer said the company hopes commissioners will be more lenient than some of the county’s farmers….

“I don’t think they should be running their power line in our right-of-way,” said Commissioner Jenny Vermillion. “It’s a private company; it’s not a public utility and our people don’t benefit from it.”

Crawford County Engineer Mark Baker brought copies of decisions made after similar requests in Kansas, Michigan and Minnesota. The commissioners — along with Vernon Township Trustee Ted Muntis and Auburn Township Trustee Tim Marcum — looked over the paperwork to see how it might apply to the Capital Power request….

A concern of those in attendance was that public right-of-ways are designed for public projects, and historically have only been crossed briefly by private projects. Vermillion noted that allowing one company to fully use the right-of-way would set a precedent letting all companies use the right-of-way.Source: Ditches leave hole in wind farm plans

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

Illinois farmers object to BigWind

We have, recently, blogged about multiple anti-wind groups formed in our neighboring states, Indiana and Illinois.  Here, we see Illinois’ cry for help against BigWind entering their communities. This wind energy transmission line will be approximately 500 miles long, with 5 support structures per mile (150 feet high). This expensive energy, that has been given oodles of tax incentives, will be trasmitted to the Midwest, probably, including Ohio – if electric companies choose to purchase their energy. Is their expensive wind energy cheaper than Ohio’s? Looking at the national wind energy resource map, it probably is because they have greater wind resources.  We sympathize with our neighbors in this fight.  This is 1 example of why our Senate Bill 310 was so essential, however; Ohio should not be forced to generate x% of renewable energy here, within our borders, when wind resources are greater and more cost effective elsewhere. Forcing any state to purchase this intermittent, expensive, subsidized energy, however, is the biggest tragedy….

Vocal, vehement opposition from local farmers and landowners has put a $300 million Grundy County project on hold…

Local landowners have expressed outrage at what they are calling “eminent domain.”

“It will slice right down the middle of some of the best farmland in Grundy, just north of where you sit,” said local farmer Henry Babson, who addressed the Grundy County Board on Tuesday night. “I can promise you I would still be opposed to this project, even if our farm was not its potential path, because it’s wrong for Morris, Grundy County and its residents.”…

via Farmers object wind energy project to County Board | Wind Energy News.

Beverly Hillbillies TV show will be remade with BigWind (instead of oil)

Wow, and this is occurring withOUT the production tax credit- even though the industry decries the need for it and the PILOT program?!  Keep in mind, that our in-state mandates for purchasing renewable energy, draws this industry like vultures – whether we have the wind resources or NOT. Keep in mind the NREL wind map of the USA on our home page. Texas seems awfully far away for our friends in Ohio to be interested, so why did I share this story with you?

1. This drawing looks like that of a young child who has scribbled with a crayon. Can you imagine living amongst this? The lines ONLY represent the transmission lines, not the turbines. This concept could spread to other states, including our own.

2. What do you think these transmission lines cost? Funny how there is no mention of this cost in the entire article. Back in 8/24/2011 in the Texas Tribune, there is an article titled “Cost of Texas Wind Transmission Lines Nears $7 Billion”.  The 1st 3 paragraphs of that article follow: The cost of building thousands of miles of transmission lines to carry wind power across Texas is now estimated at $6.79 billion, a 38 percent increase from the initial projection three years ago.  The new number, which amounts to roughly $270 for every Texan, comes from the lastest update on the project prepared for the Public Utility Commission (see page 6). Ratepayers will ulitimately be on the hook for the cost, but no one has begun to see the charges appear on their electric bills yet because the transmission companies building the lines must first get approval from the commission before passing on the costs to the customers.  A commission spokesman, Terry Hadley, says that the first of these “rate recovery” applications may be filed before the end of the year.  Ultimately, the commission says, the charges could amount to $4 to $5 per month on Texas electric bills, for years….

The next big Texas energy boom does not involve tight gas formations in the Barnett Shale, or deepwater oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. While fossil resources continue to draw high interest from energy developers and investors in the Lone Star State, Texas hottest energy prospect is wind power in West Texas and the Panhandle.

Thats where a new surge of wind farm development, estimated at 7,500 megawatts of new generation over the next three years, should convert once-sleepy places like Amarillo, Plainview and Lubbock into renewable energy boomtowns.

The new wind power surge, while not a surprise to those familiar with the state’s immense wind resource, is coming to fruition thanks to the convergence of several factors. They include the expiration of a key federal tax credit that pushed wind energy developers to launch projects by the end of 2013; an economic recovery and projected population growth that should drive electricity demand higher in Texas by midcentury; and, most immediately, the completion of one of the largest transmission expansions ever conceived for the sole purpose of bringing renewable energy to market.

via RENEWABLE ENERGY: New power lines will make Texas the worlds 5th-largest wind power producer — Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — www.eenews.net.