Wind Power News: Ohio
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PAYNE, Ohio – From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet. A Dispatch videographer straps on a protective harness, hard hat and safety glasses, joined by two employees of the farm’s operator, EDP Renewables. They are about to climb inside one of 55 wind turbines at Timber Road II wind farm in Paulding County. The first steps are easy, even with 10 pounds of cameras and other gear. Just resist the urge . . .
The four column-type wind turbines on top of One Government Center downtown – which were supposed to supplement the building’s energy use but instead sat idle for years – were finally removed at the taxpayers expense. It cost taxpayers $68,000 to remove the four turbines from the 22-story, state-owned building, said Tom Hoyt, Department of Administrative Services spokesman. “The turbines were removed Aug. 30 but there is still some framing structure that is up and being removed,” Mr. Hoyt said. Masonry Restoration . . .
The wind-energy industry says Ohio has essentially placed a moratorium on new wind farm projects because of trestrictions on where turbines can be placed. But some lawmakers maintain those tougher parameters protect the rights of landowners. So-called wind setbacks decide how far a turbine must be placed from a property owner who wants nothing to do with a project. Republican Rep. Craig Riedel represents a portion of northwest Ohio, home to the state’s biggest wind farms. He says he’s all . . .
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.
COLUMBUS – Arguing that Ohio is losing millions in potential business investment, state Sen. Cliff Hite (R., Findlay) introduced a bill Thursday to loosen property setback restrictions imposed three years ago on the siting of new wind farms. “We’re trying to make this so that those who want wind projects can [move forward],” Mr. Hite said. “Right now they’re handcuffed by the language that exists. I know some people don’t want projects, but this bill is a compromise between where we . . .
Against the backdrop of wind-farm construction in Hardin County, state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, sought to build support for his proposal that would allow more wind turbines to be built in upcoming projects. “I think we can make this happen,” he said during the event Thursday. “The groundswell of support is increasing as we speak.” Senate Bill 188 would partially undo changes that lawmakers made in 2013 addressing where turbines can be built. The bill deals will the minimum distance . . .
Ohio is in trouble because our Republican Senator Cliff Hite, along with members of the Democratic caucus, support a bill that will significantly reduce the protective setback between an industrial wind energy turbine and a neighboring property. None of the recent bill cosponsors live in an area that will support 700 turbines in their back yards. Hite believes that wind energy is the shale of his district. He is wrong! Shale benefits everyone because natural gas is a clean, abundant . . .
Appalachian Power’s plans to purchase two wind farms is facing scrutiny early in the approval process from the independent staff of the state Public Service Commission, specifically regarding a lack of notice to customers on how much the acquisitions would affect their electric bills. The utility is proposing to finance the acquisitions of the Beech Ridge II Wind Facility in Greenbrier County (50 megawatts of power) and the Hardin Wind Facility in Hardin County, Ohio (175 megawatts) via a construction . . .
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio Power Siting Board wants to hear the public’s opinion of the proposed Lake Erie wind turbine project. The siting board has set a formal public hearing for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Cleveland City Council chambers. Anyone can testify. A court reporter will create a permanent record of the testimony, which the board will consider before making a decision on the project, possibly by the end of this year. The U.S. Department of Energy, in conjunction . . .
Wind energy and two words in the English language are synonymous with each other – hypocrisy and scam. Politicians along with the local media have been pushing wind energy onto an uneducated public – many of whom do not even reside in rural areas, that wind energy will save our dying planet from environmental collapse while boosting an impoverished economy. The “promises” that wind energy will bring “thousands of good paying jobs”, “support communities” and help farmers that are struggling . . .