Are the tides ‘turning’ in formerly friendly BigWind areas???

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As BigWind (plans) a spread across Ohio, Iowa has begun a quiet revolt. Iowa, home to thousands of turbines, now has individuals who are EDUCATED/INFORMED about the risks associated with these machines.  Has the tide begun to turn against BigWind there?  Have you joined a local anti-wind Ohio group? Have you become informed? The time is now, because the article, below is a RARE occurrence….one they’re up, it’s usually too late…

Developers who invested $11 million to install three wind turbines in eastern Iowa are tearing them down, after losing a legal battle waged by nearby residents.

It’s only the second time nationally a judge has ordered wind turbines to be torn down and a first in Iowa.

“It’s great. We love it,” said Cheyney Hershey, whose young family lives near the turbines. “You can’t sit outside on the deck and have a conversation without the constant thumping of the blades going round.”

The noise can even be heard inside his home, Hershey said: “There was nowhere to get away from them.”

His family and others watch daily to see what work has been done: Crews have torn down two turbines and are dismantling the third. They have until Dec. 9 to complete the work….

She said the wind developers have been “bullies,” moving ahead with building the turbines knowing local landowners had filed a lawsuit against the project.

“They just weren’t considerate of the townspeople,” said Kerns, who is concerned about the impact of the turbines on the health of neighbors.

MORE: Six common complaints about wind turbines

She said some residents have complained about nausea and sleep deprivation from the turbines. Flickers from the turbines create an effect “like being back in the ’70s with the strobe lights,” she said….

“Unless you live under a turbine, you don’t understand what it’s like,” said Kerns, who built a home near her family’s farm….

‘It’s all about the money’

MORE: Is wind power saving rural Iowa or wrecking it?

Iowa has embraced wind energy since adopting a renewable energy portfolio in 1983.

The state gets 37 percent of its electricity from wind energy generation, the largest share in the nation. Wind energy generation is second only to coal…

Growing investment has brought opposition, including legal challenges in Fayette, Palo Alto and Black Hawk counties.

“The courts are the only place we have to defend ourselves,” said Janna Swanson, a wind opponent who lives in northwest Iowa, where some neighbors are challenging whether the wind farms need state utility board permits to operate.

The Iowa Utilities Board says no, but the ruling is being appealed.

County officials and landowners who lease land to wind developers like the money the turbines bring, said Harold Youngblut, a Black Hawk County farmer who is fighting a $120 million wind project in court.

“It’s all about the money,” instead of about local residents’ concerns, said Youngblut, whose attorney is challenging whether high-dollar farmland can be used to build large wind farms.

MORE: Utility’s push for more wind turbines is blowing up trouble with Madison County residents 

MidAmerican Energy, for example, sent $16 million last year in payments to landowners and $20 million in property taxes statewide.

The Black Hawk County wind developer planned, but later killed, a turbine project across the street from Youngblut’s family farm, where his son and family now live.

Still, Youngblut is sticking with the lawsuit.

“We need to stand up for what we believe is right,” Youngblut said. “I don’t like being in a lawsuit. But I believe there are too many unanswered question about these turbines.”…

Original article in Desmoines register

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BigWind gets beat Big in Ohio and Indiana

There is hope. As the truth about industrial wind turbines spreads, the people speak…through their votes. Do NOT get complacent, however, as BigWind has lobbyists who constantly approach our legislators.
We reported, yesterday that Van Wert County, Ohio, had a big win as their anti-wind Commissioner candidate beat a candidate who is a lease holder and was taking money for her campaign for the wind company. The numbers 72% to 28% win for their anti-wind candidate who was an incumbent. In our neighboring state, the good news was contagious….
ELECTION RESULTS: The “vocal minority” is the MAJORITY! Anti-wind groups win big in SIX Indiana counties fighting wind:
 
It was a very good night for almost all of our counties fighting wind. Huge victories in Fulton, Cass, Miami, Henry, Montgomery and Warren Counties last night as Pro-Property Rights Anti-Wind candidates swept the polls and sent a strong message to the powers-that-be that we are not backing down and will stand up for our rights! We are sad to report that our friends in Tipton County had a tough night but will continue the fight to keep new wind energy projects out of their county.
Key candidate wins for rural property rights include:
Henry County – biggest winner of the night! They won three seats on the County Council and a County Commissioner seat! They fought hard for the win and came out on top all across the board! Way to go, Henry County! It was truly a group effort. So proud to fight in Indiana with these fine people!

Fulton County – Fulton County needs to turn over the Area Plan Commission Board, and now has a good start. Two pro-wind officials on the Plan Commission – the surveyor and an appointed County Council member chose not to run again, (We believe because they thought they would lose based on pro-wind statements they have made to the anti-wind crowd that were not received well in the past).
The most contested race in Fulton County was Fulton County Surveyor, and we won! Also, on Fulton County Council – two were seats won by anti-wind candidates. One was a recently discovered anti-wind incumbant whose stance on wind energy we did not know until we sent out a pledge letter asking for candidates to promise to keep Fulton County wind-turbine free.
Miami County – Commissioner and detested RES Wind Land Lease Agent Josh Francis was running for County Council and was destroyed by his competition!
 
Cass County – a huge upset as one of the pro-wind Commissioner “Kings of Cass County” was dethroned with an anti-wind candidate! Also we were able to win a seat on the Cass County Council, and have an uncontested candidate who will also be running for County Council in the fall! Here’s an article about their win: https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2018/05/09/challenger-beats-incumbent-in-gop-council-primary-redweik-defeats-rains-by-372-votes/
Warren County – voted out (as in “You’re fired!”) a pro-wind commissioner who is said to have originally brought big wind into the county and they replaced him with a pro-property rights candidate! Way to go!
Montgomery County was able to hang on to two current anti-wind County Council members, and pro-wind was running against them, so hats off to them on their wins.
Pulaski County had a win as their believed-to-be on our side Commissioner handily won his primary and can perhaps be more free now to be more aggressive in getting wind kicked out of Pulaski County for good.

Apex Clean Energy handed big ‘blow’ in Van Wert, Ohio

 

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The Van Wert county overwhelmingly said NO to a county commissioner who strongly supported  Apex Clean Energy!  The same occurred, across the border, in Cass County, IN…

The TRUTH is hard to hide and it is out. BigWind is a bully across America. It divides families and communities and damages our energy security b/c it is an intermittent energy source that must be backed up 100% of the time. People are becoming educated….

Do you think our legislators are paying attention???? Columbus should be, particularly before they sign a new law that shortens our setbacks!!!

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

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

List of BigWind REJECTIONS all over the USA. Need help? Look here!

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Do you wonder what other states are doing to fight BigWind? It is a growing list of actions that have been taken to protect individuals and communities. Please click the link, below and view the spreadsheet and see if there has been an action that could help you!!!

An interesting addition to our post from 2 days ago…we posted a video of a noisy turbine that is affecting a household in Van Wert, Ohio.  Iberdrola developed this industrial wind site LESS than 6 years ago and we have repeatedly blogged about developers SELLING their sites BEFORE the 10 year mark, due to maintenance issues and the end of the PTC $ at the 10 year mark.  Iberdrola has LEFT THE VAN WERT AREA and sold/merged the project! This household has been UNable to get through the telephone line of the ‘new’ BigWind company that is ‘supposed’ to be operating the site!!! Don’t let this happen to your neighborhood!!!

 

BREAKING NEWS: Ohio Commissioners reject BigWind PILOT

 

This is earth shattering!!! Bravo!! Let us pray that this inspires future counties to do the same…

The Logan County Commissioners voted unanimously late Tuesday to reject EverPower’s request for a payment in lieu of taxes to build 18 wind turbines in northern Logan County….

“The Logan County Board of County Commissioners is not convinced that over the life of the project that granting the PILOT would benefit the community. Likewise with respect to job creation, the Logan County Board of County Commissioners is not convinced that the amount of taxes abated would be exceeded by the benefit of gaining relatively few permanent employees,” the resolution reads.

The decision does not prevent EverPower, which filed the request under the name Hardin Wind LLC, from building the turbines in Logan County, but company officials have said they would not likely proceed here without the tax abatement.

The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm includes 87 additional turbines in southern Hardin County that are not affected by the commissioners’ decision and can proceed….

Source: BREAKING NEWS: Commissioners reject wind proposal