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A 600-kilowatt wind turbine erected in early 2010 at Conneaut Middle School rarely operated properly and has cost its owner, NexGen Energy Partners, plenty of money, according to a lawsuit working its way through Ashtabula County courts.
Increasing dissatisfaction with a balky wind turbine may prompt the Conneaut Board of Education to scrap its three-year-old energy project. At issue is a 600-kilowatt turbine erected next to Conneaut Middle School in 2010. The big machine was expected to provide 40 percent of the middle school's electricity, but hasn't operated consistently since its construction, officials have said.
The former lawmaker from Uniontown, Ohio, frequently shares material critical of solar, wind and "green" energy, even re-tweeting a story called "Elites of West have cranked up myth of Global Warming" from Pravda, a Communist Party-connected newspaper in Russia, calling it "interesting."
Several area residents, including Gary Biglin and Brett Heffner of Shelby, Alan and Catherine Price of Crestline, John Warrington of Tiro, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Sharon Township Trustees, have appealed the state siting board's approval of the project. Among other legal points, the appeal claims inadequate financial protection in the event the turbines are decommissioned.
“Around March of 2012, the Department of Administrative Services shut down the wind turbines due to maintenance and performance issues and is looking at options ...“Either to repair them, to replace them, or to remove them altogether.” The state has no recourse with the company that manufactured or installed the four turbines because both went out of business.
As the second phase of the Buckeye Wind Project moves forward, project developers said they will have a temporary office available during construction to handle any questions or complaints from residents. If the project is approved, it would install more than 50 wind turbines throughout the county at a cost of about $250 million, according to developers.
The controversial proposal could create more than 80 temporary jobs during the construction phase, along with a handful of permanent jobs. It could also add as much as $1.26 million to the region's economy, but opponents have raised concern with the safety of the project, and argued the proposed turbines are too close to homes in the project's footprint.
Attorney Jack A. Van Kley, representative for Union Neighbors United (UNU), continued to ask Speerschneider questions pertaining to his written testimony and EverPower's application to build the second wind turbine project. The areas of focus included shadow flicker, blade failure and other safety concerns about turbines.
Hearings to determine the fate of a controversial, $55 million wind turbine project began Thursday in Columbus. The Ohio Power Siting Board is reviewing plans for the Buckeye II wind project in Champaign County as part of its siting process and to determine if any changes are necessary.
"Big wind simply makes benign statements such as industrial wind farms bring green jobs, lower CO2 emissions, makes U.S. less dependent on foreign oil, or will help invigorate your local economy. And all the while, they continue to refuse to acknowledge or outright dismiss any claims being made by hundreds of people who are living the nightmare among industrial wind farms."
The $55 million Buckeye Wind Project has divided residents of Champaign County, but both supporters and opponents will have the chance to go on the record this week during a meeting at Triad High School.
An Ohio county seeking to develop the up to 27MW Icebreaker offshore wind farm planned for the waters of Lake Erie has scrapped a recently-announced tender for geotechnical surveying, citing legal and weather reasons.
The entire aesthetics of mile after mile of High Country vista was destroyed. Ted, a retired Forest Service wildlife biologist, mentioned to me the depredation caused by the wind turbines to the hawks, owls and other raptors in the vicinity. He also mentioned that the "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh" noise of the blades was maddening to any wildlife, livestock or humans within sound of them. As concerning to the biologists was the disruption all of this had caused to the migration patterns of the elk and mule deer.
While the number of small, residential wind turbines in Ottawa County is rising, large commercial-use wind turbines are still few and far between, and it appears commercial wind farms will not be on the horizon anytime soon.
But Daina Baird, a spokeswoman for the American Wind Energy Association, said the legislation could create instability in the renewable energy market by expanding the size of the market and reducing incentives to invest in wind power. In the long run, that could possibly damage a proposed $55 million, 100-plus turbine project.
The coalition that aims to put wind turbines in Lake Erie suffered a setback today. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission voted not to provide up to $5 million to Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., or LEEDCo, a nonprofit that is helping guide the effort. LEEDCo planned to use the money as matching funds for a much larger pot of federal money that will be awarded to organizations working to build offshore wind farms.
Entrepreneur Jeffrey DiLaura wants to develop a 2.52GW wind farm in the shallow US waters of Lake Erie, looking to straddle three states to leverage the best resources and achieve economies of scale.
Plans by Kalida Manufacturing to build two wind turbines adjacent to its facility met with strong opposition Tuesday night. During a Union Township trustees meeting Tuesday evening, more than 60 area residents expressed their strong vocal opposition to KMI's plans to purchase 55 acres adjacent to their property and install two wind towers on the property.
Council members made history Monday night by passing unique legislation that bans wind turbines in town. The new law, which unanimously passed third reading, prohibits the construction of all types of wind turbines, wind chargers and wind generators. It also outlaws any device, apparatus or structure used to convert kinetic energy from wind to produce electricity.
County officials are faced with balancing concerns about the project with revenue that could be generated for the county, townships and school districts. Officials expressed concern about several aspects of Buckeye Wind, including its effect on property values, and the county's legal and financial responsibilities if the project should fail.