Living with wind turbines

Landowners with Wind Turbines Launch Lawsuit Against Wind Developers

You know it's really bad when even landowners who agreed to host wind turbines on their property begin suing wind developers. In this case, against Duke Energy and E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, twenty three Texas residents say wind developers: carelessly and negligently failed to adequately disclose the true nature and effects that … [Read More...]

Where do they want to build wind turbines?

North East wind turbine location map with terrain

Proposed Wind Turbine Locations in Erie County PA - Were locations specified before a wind energy zone was drawn?

Is Pioneer Green Energy trying to build a wind turbine near your home? Up until now, it’s been very difficult to get a direct answer to this question. We have asked our township supervisors and zoning administrator many times for this information and their response every time has been they don’t know or they haven’t […]

Wind Turbine Collapses Like Public Support for Wind

A wind turbine fell over in western PA for no apparent reason.

Wind Turbine Falls Over in Western PA

A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine fell over the other night in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh. Why it fell over has not yet been determined. During the debate here in North East over proper setbacks and public safety, pointing out events like this never seemed to have any impact on the discussion because government […]

Wind is free – electricity is not

Wind Energy Nonsense Part One: The Wind is Free

Wind energy supporters love to say “the wind is free,” because it seems so obvious and irrefutable, they believe it supports their argument that wind turbines make sense. Unfortunately, “the wind is free,” is a meaningless talking point adding nothing to the wind energy debate and it’s just one of a long series of wind […]

Wind Welfare Dries Up

North East PA Wind Project On Hold Because Taxpayer Funded Handouts Expired

Rumors have been circulating for a couple of weeks that the wind project planned for North East, PA and other surrounding areas had been put on hold. An article on GoErie.com confirms this is the case. Federal tax incentives for wind energy development expired Dec. 31, and that’s affected financing for new projects, said Johnny […]

North East, PA Wind Project

Wind turbines tower over homes

Wind Turbines and the Promise of Money

Wind turbines bring the promise of money and that can cloud a person's judgement. It certainly doesn't have to, but sometimes, if a person isn't careful, he'll do things out of character, things he would otherwise not do, things he later regrets, simply because the thought of money was so overpowering. Wind developers know this and spin tales of … [Read More...]

Public notice of hearing for wind energy ordinance

Two Signs Show What North East Township Supervisors Do and Don’t Want You to See

Two signs - two meetings - one bold - one unreadable Two different meetings scheduled one week apart. The first, for a zoning change that affects a few individuals and a small parcel of property. The second, announcing a wind energy "zoning overlay" and the wind ordinance, applies to almost half the township and will be seen by and affect tens or … [Read More...]

What do people living with wind turbines really think?

Too Close – Ask the People Who Live With Wind Turbines What They Think – UPDATED VIDEO

While the North East Township supervisors and planning board want to move wind turbines ever closer to houses and property, taking their cue from the wind developer and those few residents who will benefit financially from turbine installations, they might want to pay attention to people who actually live near them right now. After the turbines … [Read More...]

Wind turbine blade failure happens

Calculating Wind Turbine Setbacks With Science Instead of Politics

If there is one hot button issue in communities where wind turbines are being discussed, it's setbacks, how far must wind turbines be kept from property lines, roads and occupied buildings. Wind developers want a very short distance so they can install the maximum number of turbines while residents and property owners want them kept as far away as … [Read More...]

Why would anyone not want turbines in their town? They blend right in.

Pioneer Green Energy Faces Lawsuit From Property Owners in Alabama

Pioneer Green Energy's plans to begin building wind turbines in Alabama has run into some legal trouble. A group of 32 property owners near Shinbone Ridge in Alabama have filed suit against Pioneer Green Energy and Noccalula Wind LLC over the industrial wind project planned on Lookout Mountain. The property owners near Shinbone Ridge claim the … [Read More...]

Wind turbines offshore

How About Watching Sunsets Through the Blades of Wind Turbines in Lake Erie?

For those of you living closer to the lake, you may be surprised to learn our representatives want to build industrial, utility scale, wind turbine installations in Lake Erie. Perhaps you've heard of plans to build offshore near Cleveland, Ohio, there's been some coverage in the news, but look closer to home, they want to put them offshore of Erie … [Read More...]

FAA application for 570 foot tall wind turbines

Pioneer Green Energy Plans 570 Foot Turbines in Alabama – North East Too?

Pioneer Green Energy, the wind developer trying to squeeze wind turbines on to small parcels of land in North East, is working on a project in Alabama. Their original plans, according to the residents of Alabama, were for wind turbines 450 feet tall. News stories in the paper listed even shorter heights. It seems they've grown. Filings with the … [Read More...]

Wind energy losing ground

Wind Turbine Maker Gamesa Closing Western PA Manufacturing Plant

The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa, is closing its Ebensburg, PA plant on March 31st. Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old Cambria County plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States. The market may be shifting in their eyes, […]

Local Wind Turbine Being Demolished After Failure and History of Ice Throw

A relatively small wind turbine, located at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on Presque Isle in Erie, PA is being demolished. The wind turbine has been inoperative for quite some time, the blades and the turbine itself had fallen off due to high winds and rather than spend the money to get it repaired and […]

Green Energy Failures

You’re Paying for CleanTech Failures, Wind Energy is Just One

Wind energy is just one of the highly touted “clean” energy sources heavily promoted and subsidized by the US government. Any energy source with the label of clean, green or renewable is supposed to accomplish magical things our conventional energy sources cannot, but when it comes time to produce the energy and create those often […]

Wind energy

Wind energy monet attracting crime and corruption

Government Wind Energy Money Attracting Fraud, Crime and Corruption

Wind energy and free money, what could possibly go wrong? Well, we're beginning to find out. Reports from the United States and around the world show government corruption and even organized crime are starting to make an appearance in this "green" business. Hmm, ... who could have predicted that? Organized crime gets into wind Europol, the … [Read More...]

Wind energy collapsed in 2013

If You Support Wind Energy Can You Handle the Truth?

Have you noticed the massive misdirection now going on? For the last couple of weeks, the internet has been filled with stories about how great wind energy did in 2012. See what they're doing? All of those stories talk about last year, but it's now August of 2013 and, as we recently noted, wind energy has fallen flat ever since. Last quarter, ZERO … [Read More...]

Wind energy is collapsing

Wind Installations Grind to a Halt With Zero Installed Nationwide in 2nd Quarter of 2013

We've been trying to point out just how bad the collapse of wind energy really is, but some of you might think we've only been showing you a few cherry picked facts, so here's something for you to consider from the American Wind Energy Association, the wind energy trade group. Only 1.6 megawatts (MW) of wind power were commissioned during the … [Read More...]

Wind energy has some serious problems

Lack of Demand Puts Another Wind Energy Supplier Out of Business

Wausaukee Composites, a Wisconsin wind turbine parts supplier, closed its doors due to a lack of business. “Wausaukee only recently learned that the primary customer served by the Cuba City facility was closing one of its facilities and would no longer be ordering component parts from Cuba City,” Trueman wrote. He also cited federal tax law … [Read More...]

Wind Turbines

Taking your land and not saving the world

Wind Turbines Are Not Saving the World, They’re Just Chasing Government Money

It's always nice to see someone putting up their hands and saying, ENOUGH, and that's what appears to be happening over in the UK with new measures just enacted: The new measures ensure that local views will always take precedence over concerns about the global environment. David Cameron is understood to have intervened in a bitter row … [Read More...]

173 foot wind turbine blade comes off during the night at Octillo wind farm

Do Wind Turbine Blades Ever Come Off? – UPDATED

In the same way that you don't usually think about wind turbine fires, you probably don't think about wind turbine blades coming loose and flying off, either, but they do. As the recent storms rolled through Oklahoma, the blade shown above came off and hit a daycare center a quarter mile away. Corrected - see below. Of course, this isn't supposed … [Read More...]

New York wind farm capacity factors

If Wind Turbines Were Cars, They Would All Be Recalled – Why Capacity Factor Counts

When you buy a car, you want it to be reliable, to work when you need it and you expect the engine to deliver all of the power the salesman told you it would, but suppose it didn't do any of that. Would you be upset? Sure, you might even demand your money back, but wind turbines are just like that and the wind developers selling them say it's … [Read More...]