Windfarm approved

State board OKs construction of windfarm in Greenwich Township
Aaron Krause
Aug 25, 2014

The Ohio Power Siting Board gave a company approval today to construct a windpark comprising up to 25 wind turbines in Greenwich Township.

A group of residents who live in the area, Greenwich Neighbors United, has expressed opposition to the project, citing concerns about noise, the negative health effects to which they say the turbines would expose them and concerns about wildlife. 

Monica Jensen, vice president of development for Windlab, the company that will construct the windfarm, has said people live among wind turbines and “have no problems whatsoever.”

Duncan Estep, a Lorain County Community College associate professor who teaches engineering and alternative energy, has described the noise produced by the turbines as a “soft whoosh.”

The educator has also said there's no reliable research to suggest that wind turbines can harm people's health.

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togbert71

Bad decision, in my opinion.

Windy

Real bad. Windlab would make a lot more money if they built those things in Washington DC . . . where all the hot air is.

togbert71

Their house values just plummeted. Burn it for insurance at this point. Won't be able to sell if you wanted too.

Windy

I wonder if Monica Jensen, Duncan Estep and the members of the Ohio Power Siting Board would be willing to have these things built in THEIR backyards. It's easy to make decisions when the outcomes don't effect you, your family, or your friends.

csnighthawk

Windy, I agree.

TrollingMotors

Kinda like a Keystone Pipeline?

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booboo bunny

togbert71 - If you're going to make a statement like that to rile people up then why don't you go ahead and prove it.

togbert71
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booboo bunny

Your article link doesn't hold much merit for 2 reasons.

1. We DO live in a high wind rated area because of the Great Lakes. Proof can be found on the official wind charts at the department of energy website.

2. Although the person from the article sounds like they know their stuff, it's all 100% opinions and speculation. They DO NOT provide any citations from where the information was found except that it came from an article in the Columbus Dispatch. What are the newspaper writer's sources of information?

togbert71

Also read Val's statement below. Wasn't riling anyone up. Made a point. Thank you.

togbert71

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csnighthawk

You are the one that sounds riled up booboo.

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booboo bunny

You're comparing apples to oranges by bringing up Solyndra. Huge difference between wind turbines and solar panels. There's too many factors at play such as location, wind zone rating, and hours of production. Turbines have the ability to generate energy on a non stop basis.

Nothing can happen overnight, but if we're patient and make investments now then prices come down, efficiency improves, and eventually we reap the benefits. Take a look at geothermal. In the beginning it was expensive and had a lot of bugs, but we got past all of that and now people all over have it installed. Anyone against alternative energy sources needs to consider the air quality in China. If you keep pumping crap into the atmosphere then sooner or later you'll be like the Chinese who often need to wear surgical masks outside to breath.

In the scheme of things, I'm like John McCain. We need more nuclear power plants.

togbert71

I am not against any form of new energy. I just don't think that the people should suffer from these things. From the articles I have read they do change air pressure in houses and building and can cause discomfort. It all comes down to the man with the $$$ wins again and Little Susie Homemaker just lost her sanity. Shame big business is like this. But they didn't get to be big businesses by caring about you and me, huh?

truebuckeyefan

The Onion is not a reliable source. Also if you search for anything there is someone out there claiming it will kill you. I find your argument about pressure changes invalid in the broad sense. I would like to see where you read that. I can't imagine it is any worse than a windy day and I'm sure the home's integrity plays some part. These aren't fans they only move because of the wind. Please provide sources. I haven't had a good debate in quite some time, this could be fun!

Cliff Cannon

@truebuckeyefan : I am very much for wind power. I am also in favor of having a 'buffer zone' around new construction in populated areas. That 'zone' would allow people inside it,to either sell, then move or if they so desire to stay.

To answer your retort " Please provide sources. I haven't had a good debate in quite some time, this could be fun! " Here is a fascinating information filled link 'takingcrap ' provided in the last wind debate. No doubt, whomever reads all the links provided in the story,will come away educated on wind power. Enjoy.

http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episod...

valerie malicki

The homeowners like myself 717 ft from the site have offered nothing, nada, zip.

Its like someones saying they have right to explode the A-bomb near you, but its not your property so you can't do anything about it but move after the bomb goes off. Clearly your home is toxic. Who would want it for original value?

The 668 homes 1.25 miles away were given nothing, nada, zip. Oh, and 97% of adjacent landowners are against the project. But no one listened, and no one cared, OPSB literally did not review our case at all.

They rubber stamped it in in 3 minutes.

And you thought we lived in a free country.

We have been denied our rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

TrollingMotors

You can do what you want on your property why shouldnt they be allowed?

thats where the denial of rights comes in

Windy

Val, since it seems that people are allowed to do whatever they want on their own land, maybe you should consider opening a golf driving range on YOUR land? With those stray golf balls, it would be kind of like a GIANT windmill hole! LOL

togbert71

I also provided a link above. Granted there is always a pro and con to the items being debated. But, shouldn't the first hand accounts from people living nearby hold more ground than the scientist and big business that live hundreds if not thousands of miles away? I think we should have all of the renewable energy sources, but not at the expense of people's well being.

propman

BooBoo, If you are so worried about how much pollution China is pumping into the atmosphere why not move there and do something about it?
We cleaned our generating plants up years ago.
As to wind turbines generating nonstop, You ever been outside? The wind doesn't always blow let alone blow enough to turn a turbine.
A wind farm takes more material to build then a coal or gas generating plant capable of producing the same amount of power and at least the coal/gas plants can produce full power at any time needed.

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You're right, I should've worded "non stop" differently because many factors determine performance. On the website for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, wind charts are posted for the country.

Using the charts you can closely determine the "average" daily wind speed to expect for a specific turbine style. Wind speeds are calculated based on location and height of the blades. By knowing the average daily wind speed a turbine can be selected that achieves a specific output. So saying non stop was wrong since only average numbers can be achieved. Some days the wind will be very strong while being non existent on others.

Your statement for coal/ gas plants is very valid but only for right now. There WILL come a day in the future when those sources of energy are all used up. Just because it won't be in our lifetime, it doesn't make the problem go away. It's like our national debt in the sense that we can't keep borrowing forever.

Also you stated that wind farms require more material to build than a coal or gas plant. I'll be honest that I have no idea how much material goes into coal or gas plants, but I'm interested if you can provide some insight.

Lastly, yes we did clean up our act years ago, however we're still adding to greenhouse gases. Personally I don't believe in global warming AT ALL, but I would still rather not take any chances. We're constantly putting stuff in the atmosphere. Does it just float up there harmlessly? No one can say for sure.

propman

With a wind farm you have many smaller generators spread over a large area instead of a few larger generators in one location.
Each of the turbines has foundations, tower, generator housing and blades. Then you have all the lines and hardware to connect the turbines and then link them to the grid.

exoticnoise420

No.. you're more like John Mccain in the way of being a retard. I want one of these put 200 feet behind your house and get NO value out of it at all. See how you feel then.

JACKEL

Agree !

valerie malicki

It is a horror for the whole county. A horror. These windies know they have a free pass here now.

Nimby, next it might be you.

These low-frequncy noise machines do not belong in anyone's backyard.

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awesome, fantastic, kick arse, yeah, great, cool, hurray, yippie, dynamite, super duper, it's raining men, WOW, sweet victory, pork chops and apple sauce, WINNER WINNER chicken dinner!!!

earlduck

common sense 1 not in my back yard other guys 0

I would trade my neighbors for 25 windmills,at least the windmills make sense

luvblues2

Think about the birds!!!!!

truebuckeyefan

Think about seeing a bird get smacked out of the sky by one the blades! That would be AMAZING!!! Seriously that would make my year.

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