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

(yet another) BigWind Turbine in Ohio FAILS to produce power

Now we know, for fact, that multiple individual turbines have failed to produce the power that was promised, because we have blogged about them here.  Additionally, the NW Ohio industrial wind energy sites UNDERproduce, merely giving consumers 30% of what they originally promised to produce.  At what point, will others agree that Ohio is NOT a good place for industrial wind turbines?! It doesn’t exactly take a genius to figure this out….have YOU contacted YOUR state legislator to share this truth? Why not?….

Possible ‘win-win situation’ turned out to be less so….

Wind turbines are supposed to spin and in doing so make power.

The one adjacent to American Legion post 41 west of Norwalk, after some trials and tribulations, got the spinning right but not the power part.

If the truth be known, however, even the spinning part was an eight-year problem.

But, first things first.

 A member of the post’s executive board addressed the purchase of a wind turbine in 2008. He told members that he had learned the state was giving as much as a 50-percent credit toward the energy bill if wind power was used. The post would have an initial outlay of about $100,000, however, that figure paying for the tower, foundation and the fencing. The road was already in. The members approved the project.
 Daniels Construction from Berlin Heights was contracted for the instillation of the Enertech E13 turbine.

And the beauty of it was the government was going to and did issue a $83,944 grant (check) for using wind power.

“One can see it looked like a win-win situation for us,” post spokesman Tom Cesa said…

Post officials recognized there was a problem three weeks into the start of the machine, one that took a full two-years to bring on line due to the many permits and wind studies it took before start-up…

“Initially, there was a problem with the braking system of the turbine,” Cesa said. “The system has to maintain control of the speed of revolutions and it was running out of control with the possibility of tearing itself apart. That new braking system fix would come out of the Post’s pocket, $10,000.

“Then the power cable that sends power from the armature down to the meter box started to wrap up for lack of a wire-connection ring,” he added.

“So, every week, sometimes after just three or four days, someone had to get inside the fencing enclosure and disconnect the quick-connect connections we had installed after the fact, so we did not have to climb to the top of the tower to untwist them. That was a five-minute job, but a must, so the wiring to the rectifier and inverter would not be twisted off.”

The bottom line is a turbine that cost upwards of $200,000 had run for three months and really not done much more than that, just spinning.

One might say, however, those early problems were all correctable ones.

There was one other glaring one, however. One that would never be corrected. While the turbine was online, supposedly making power and saving the owners money, it was doing very little of either.

“Upon signing the purchase order, we were told the turbine would pay for itself in 10 years and then would have a life expectancy of another 15,” Cesa stated. “Well, because the generator was virtually powerless, the post realized a grand total of $10 in savings over those three months….

“I gave it every chance, but when after the turbine ran for nine weeks with no problems over that span, I checked the meter and found it producing so little a power that it was not paying for the power it cost to run the meter. It is either the turbine is too small or the generator inadequate or both,” Cesa believes.

The bottom line is in good faith, the Legion spent upwards of $100,000 and received virtually nothing in return and that nothing includes help from the Attorney General’s Office and an attorney who supposedly was an expert in this field.

So, what went up in good faith nine years ago will come down, the wind turbine that is. The tower will remain standing.

Source: Norwalk Reflector: American Legion post member attempts to salvage wind turbine project

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 Hite reaches ‘New Low’

As reported previously, Sen. Cliff Hite has introduced Senate Bill 188 to reduce setbacks for industrial wind turbines.  The legislation has now been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Senator Balderson.  It is anticipated that hearings on the bill will begin soon.  

Hite is promoting his bill as a “compromise” that meets the needs of property owners as well as developers.  He bases this on extending the property line setback from 1.1 times turbine height to 1.2 times turbine height. Notwithstanding, “The idea that the bill is a compromise is wrong, according to House Majority Leader Bill Seitz, who opposes the bill. “ “If it comes at the expense of the quiet enjoyment of adjacent property owners, then I disagree with him,” he said.  Turbines can hurt a person’s ability to enjoy their yard, he said. “Shadow flicker, ice throw, snow throw, failure, fire, toppling over, blades flying off,” he gave as examples of how turbines can negatively impact homeowners.”   

“Seitz is open to compromise, he said. His suggestions would be to let local voters decide setback distances or to allow for shorter setback requirements when the adjacent property is neither a home, livestock farm or business. “It is important to protect the neighboring properties that will have to absorb these impacts,” he said. Hite anticipates the bill will pass in the state Senate but will face opposition in the House. He’s hopeful it could pass by the end of the year.”

Hite says he is prepared for a fight but he hit a new all-time low on Wednesday when he held a press conference at the Statehouse with “health professionals” touting the health benefits of reduced setbacks.  “The Ohio Environmental Council hosted the event, which featured comments from Aparna Bole, pediatrician and medical director of community integration for University Hospitals; Dan Sullivan, medical director of the Solon Family Health Center; and Lauren Kleinman Koch, project manager for Healthcare Without Harm.   (Note to self: What about Wind Without Harm?) 

What no one will read in press reports are that Aparna Bole is the Chairman of the Board of left-wing group called Practice Green Health. She is a community organizer in addition to being a pediatrician.  At the press conference “Bole said there is a consensus among the scientific and health professional community that addressing climate change is critical to improving the overall health of the world’s population. I’m so thankful for Sen. Hite’s introduction of a bill that makes it easier for wind development in Ohio,” Bole said. “This action will in turn make it easier for kids to play outside and to stay in school instead of sitting sick at home.” (Note to self again: What about the kids who will be sick IN their homes?)

The Vision statement for GreenHealth is: “Health care mobilizes its ethical, economic and political influence to create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world.” And the Mission statement is: “Transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.”   For more go to  https://practicegreenhealth.org/

Comrade Hite and Aparna Bole were joined at the presser by Lauren Kleinman Koch who is a staff member at GreenHealth.    We wonder if these shills even know that the World Health Organization has standards for noise?   Are they acquainted with the considerable research done by the Cochlear Fluids Lab at Washington University?   It’s is cinch they don’t care about the Hippocratic Oath that compels medical professionals to “First Do No Harm”.     Hite certainly does not bring any honor to the Republican Party and he makes Trump’s “swamp” look like a mud puddle.  

Elsewhere, another recent article demonstrates the increasing heights of wind turbines- up to 720 feet! And,  G.M.’s announcement that they will buy the power from a proposed wind project in Van Wert/Paulding Counties…

Statehouse News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hite, Health Professionals Tout Wind Setback Bill

Recently proposed legislation that would revise wind setback restrictions was praised by environmentalists and medical professionals during a Statehouse press conference Wednesday.

Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) said his SB188 offers compromise legislation between those who want to harvest wind and those who do not want turbines near where they live. According to the bill, the actual setback distance required is increased from 1,125 feet to 1,225 feet. However, the distance is only measured from the tip of its nearest blade at 90 degrees to the exterior of the nearest habitable residential structure on an adjacent property, not to the property line.

Hite said the wind farms in his district have helped the community greatly, noting the technological equipment that has been purchased by local schools. He said it is also important to advance policy that improves the environment for younger generations, citing his four grandchildren.

The Ohio Environmental Council hosted the event, which featured comments from Aparna Bole, pediatrician and medical director of community integration for University Hospitals; Dan Sullivan, medical director of the Solon Family Health Center; and Lauren Kleinman Koch, project manager for Healthcare Without Harm.

Bole said there is a consensus among the scientific and health professional community that addressing climate change is critical to improving the overall health of the world’s population.

“I’m so thankful for Sen. Hite’s introduction of a bill that makes it easier for wind development in Ohio,” Bole said. “This action will in turn make it easier for kids to play outside and to stay in school instead of sitting sick at home.”

Sullivan said further wind development in Ohio could lead to public health benefits through the reduction of fossil fuel use.

“Ohio is a state that is very reliant on fossil fuel sources of electricity which produce harmful pollution that causes asthma attacks, heart attacks and other smog-causing pollution,” Sullivan said. “The more we can advance clean energy, the less reliant we have to be on these polluting sources of energy.”

Kleinman Koch noted the state would see financial gains as well as health and environmental benefits if the bill is passed…

 

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…