What: Wind Turbine Information
Where: Rockford Community Building
When: April 16, 2013 @7:00 pm
Resolution # 03212013-B
On March 21, 2013 The Mercer County Township Association has adopted the following resolution:
Whereas, the Mercer County Township Trustees Association is concerned that the development of industrial-sized wind generating power plant in populated areas like ours can have many long-term negative consequences, that at this time, we cannot fully quantify and understand.
Whereas a large industrial wind development can have many potential short and long term negative impacts to both the local road system as well as to economic development opportunities.
Whereas, this Township Trustees Association respects and recognizes the importance of private property rights but recommends that landowners be fully informed and seek professional legal counsel that is versed in the law as it relates to the granting of leases, easements to wind development companies. Further we respectfully request that landowners consider potential impacts to neighbors as a result of agreements being formalized with wind development companies.
Finally, it is not the intent of this Township Association to promote large industrial wind development efforts in Mercer County, but rather to discourage them. This resolution does not in any way discourage private entities from developing wind resources under the 5 megawatts threshold (which is not regulated by the Ohio Power Siting Board) provided they comply with applicable zoning regulations.
Resolution was motioned by Ron Niekamp
Seconded by Keith Canary
All Voted in favor on March 21, 2013
ROCKFORD – Nearly 50 residents attended a meeting held Tuesday by a group opposing wind turbines in northern Mercer County. Most at the meeting simply asked questions.
Neighbors United co-chair Pete Hayes told the crowd at least 17 land leases have been signed in the Rockford area to construct turbines. The turbines would be an extension of the proposed Long Prairie Wind Farm in Van Wert County.
Van Wert resident Ron Schumm, whose neighbors have turbines, said the turbine company tore up the roads and did not adequately repair them.
“They will destroy your roads,” he said. “That’s something the county and townships should be aware of.”
Residents asked about the flicker and noise produced by the 300-foot-tall structures. Schumm said the first time he saw the flicker – the shadow cast by the turbine’s moving arms – he didn’t know what it was. The nearest turbine to his house is a quarter mile away. Schumm said he only sees flicker in his house for about one week out of the year when the sun is rising.
“If the turbine was located somewhere else, that would be a different story,” he said.
He also said the noise from the moving arms produces a thumping sound, but he only hears it when his windows are open.
“My wife has allergies so we don’t have our windows open very often,” he said.
He also urged residents to hire an attorney to review any contract. Schumm said he considered allowing a turbine on his land but then changed his mind.
Businesses will always write a contract to suit themselves more than the resident, he cautioned.
“No offense to local attorneys, but they just don’t have the background to handle this,” he said. “We hired an attorney from Columbus, and they are expensive.”
Schumm said a pro is the money made on the venture but cautioned that people should be weary of what is happening to farmland.
Each turbine uses about 1-2 acres of land, for which the farmer receives a payment, and the farmer does not have to pay property tax on that land. That land cannot be farmed. Wind companies also pay neighbors without turbines a certain amount of money “for their inconvenience,” he said.
“What will we do in 2050 when turbines take over our farmland?” he said. “We can live without wind energy. We can’t live without food.”
Residents asked if the turbines would run often enough to make the project worth it. Schumm said they move with very little wind.
“It’s amazing how little wind on the ground it takes to get those things moving,” he said. “They’re going almost all the time.”
Schumm said the turbines do allow him to tell which direction the wind is moving and how fast.
Residents also asked if the turbines bring down property value and if the contract covers who is responsible for dismantling the structures after they break down or become obsolete. Schumm answered it’s too soon to know.
He believes property values would decrease and said the contracts he’s seen say the company is responsible for removing broken down turbines.
“My biggest concern is bankruptcy,” he said. “Who’s going to make a bankrupt company tear it down?”
Schumm said he tried but failed to negotiate an upfront payment from the company to cover costs if they go bankrupt.
“I think that’s something elected officials will have to do,” he said.
Hayes provided attendees with letters addressed to Mercer County Commissioners, Gov. John Kasich and local congressmen saying they are against the development of turbines.
The proposed Long Prairie Wind Farm involves the construction of a 200-megawatt wind farm – approximately 67 turbines — south of the city of Van Wert, business developer Roger Brown has said. He said as many as five turbines would be constructed in Mercer County.
Brown also has asked commissioners for a payment in lieu of taxes for the project. Commissioner Jerry Laffin last week said they would not accept the proposal unless they entered into negotiations with the company and first talked with those affected.
Neighbors United also has asked Rockford, Mendon and Willshire councils to consider banning turbines inside the corporation limits.
Neighbors United will hold an educational night at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the village hall. Council will meet for its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the village hall.
Source: The Daily Standard
An Ohio wind farm is temporarily shut down following severe damage to one of the turbines.
The wind farm, Timber Road II, sits in Ohio just beyond the Indiana state line between Edgerton, Indiana, and Payne, Ohio.
Around 12:45 Tuesday (April 24th) afternoon, two blades on a turbine were damaged so severely that debris was sent raining down on the field below. No one was injured.
The owners, EDP Renewables, say while the investigation into what damaged the blades is ongoing, at this point it doesn’t appear that strong winds were a factor.
A spokesperson for EDP tells Indiana’s NewsCenter that all 55 of the wind farm’s turbines were immediately shut down following the incident. Some were turned back on Wednesday as part of the investigation, but officials say it’s unclear how long that investigation will take.
Robert Silliman of Antwerp, Ohio, was out taking pictures of the broken turbine on Wednesday. He says,”I saw this wreckage scattered quite a ways across the field and I was very surprised that it had gone that far. Of course, we had high winds yesterday.”
EDP officials say each turbine is roughly worth $3million, but this turbine is still under warranty by the manufacturer, Vestas. They say Vestas is conducting their own root cause analysis, and is taking every step necessary to make sure similar problems don’t arise in the future.
Continue reading here.
FALMOUTH, Massachusetts — When Kathy Reed learned about a proposal to erect a 400-foot-tall wind turbine near her Marion home, she was open to the idea.
But after a visit to Falmouth’s 1.65-megawatt turbine off Blacksmith Shop Road, Reed quickly made up her mind
“I could not live with (the turbine). Absolutely could not,” Reed said. “The prevailing noise was like a jet engine and behind that was this ‘thump.’ It’s so noisy and I wouldn’t want to live like that.”
As more communities consider wind turbines as alternative energy sources, residents of those towns are visiting Falmouth to find out what to expect.
Mark and Annie Hart Cool said their phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
The Cools, who live 1,600 feet from Falmouth’s Wind I turbine on Firetower Road, have become quasi-celebrities among wind opponents. They’ve hosted people from Brewster, Bourne, Wareham, Plymouth, Marion and even Connecticut at their home.
When asked, the Cools also speak at turbine hearings in nearby towns to tell their story.
“We’re the poster children now,” Annie Hart Cool said. “We believe it’s our duty to go out there and let people know what the facts are.”
Continue reading at Cape Cod Times, here.
Following is a video of the Dekalb County Illinois couple sharing their experiences about living next to wind turbines at the Maria Stein Informational Meeting on January 26th, 2011.
Visit the couple’s blog here.
Also, you can view the Van Wert/Paulding map and satellite picture overviews for the Blue Creek Wind Farm turbine placement on our about page.
Visit Dave & Stephanie’s blog for more information on what it’s like to live near wind turbines.
Our home in rural DeKalb County, IL is where we wanted to stay for good. We have put so much into our home to make it a place where we would love to live and raise our children, and unfortunately we are being forced to live differently. We have been bullied by a large industrial wind company (NextEra Energy, a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light (FPL) and sold-out by the DeKalb County Board. FPL told residents that these wind turbines only “sound like a refrigerator.” Well, we have found that this is not the case. Often times our yard sounds like an airport. We hear and feel the low frequency sound on our property as well as in our home. We are bothered by the noise, whistling, contant swirling movement, and shadow flicker. Complaining is not something that our family is known for doing and we teach our children to look for the positive aspects of life, but this has gone too far with the turbines. Someone needs to speak up. These industrial wind turbines should not be built close to homes. They should be at least a mile away to avoid these issues. We have 13 within a mile. The closest 2 are 1,400 feet away.
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