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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


November 17, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

New Philadelphia stops construction of wind turbine at Schoenbrunn Inn

NEW PHILADELPHIA Police have issued a cease-and-desist order to the management of Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center to make them stop work on a wind turbine for which they had not obtained a building permit. The Police Department also blocked parts of Garland Drive NW on Tuesday to keep traffic away from the structure, which city officials said is unsound. “Our duty is to protect the public,” said Police Chief Michael Goodwin said. “It could go down and take out . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Electrical, steel workers lead show of support for the Icebreaker Wind project proposed for Lake Erie

CLEVELAND, Ohio – North America’s first freshwater offshore wind farm scheduled to be constructed in Lake Erie next year is receiving a strong boost from electrical and steel union workers, entrepreneurs and business owners who support the project’s job-creation and clean energy potential. The supporters turned out in large numbers for a public hearing Wednesday night at Cleveland City Hall. By the end of the 3-1/2-hour hearing, a rough count of the 40-plus speakers showed supporters outnumbered opponents of the . . . Complete story »


November 9, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Icebreaker Wind project: The future of clean energy or bird-killer? The two sides weigh in at public hearing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A procession of speakers argued the pros and cons of the Icebreaker Wind project Wednesday night, touting the clean energy and job-creating benefits of North America’s first freshwater offshore wind farm versus the potential lethal impact of the twirling turbines on wildlife. For more than three hours, the speakers delivered their emotional pleas to two administrative law judges at Cleveland City Hall’s council chambers. The judges will present their impressions from the hearing to the full Ohio Power . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Bird groups challenge Lake Erie wind turbine project; Environmental assessment called inadequate

WASHINGTON – The Black Swamp Bird Observatory and the American Bird Conservancy are challenging an environmental assessment of Lake Erie’s first offshore wind project, asserting there are numerous inadequacies in both science and process. The BSBO and the ABC reject the assessment’s claim that the planned Icebreaker wind energy facility would have “little to no impact” on birds and bats, citing the critical importance of Lake Erie to migratory birds such as the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. The draft environmental assessment . . . Complete story »


October 30, 2017 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Small game hunting season begins Friday; more wind turbines coming?

I am not fossil fuel industry sympathizer or climate change denier — just someone who is passionate about protecting Lake Erie. Fishing will not be enhanced. Untold numbers of birds and bats will be killed. Mechanical failures can result in oil leaks. Boating will be riskier, due to collisions with the towers. Will money and equipment to dismantle the turbines be available at the end of their useful life; or will the companies declare bankruptcy and leave them to slowly decay? Why should Ohioans and other U.S. citizens surrender enormous public boating and fishing territory to any private company, especially a foreign one? What’s next, leasing Niagara Falls to China to sell hydropower back to us? Complete story »


October 27, 2017 • Ohio, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

OPSB postpones adjudicatory hearing for proposed Lake Erie wind farm

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 26, 2017) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has postponed the adjudicatory hearing previously scheduled for Icebreaker Windpower, Inc.’s application to construct a wind-powered electric generation facility in Lake Erie. The OPSB will reschedule the adjudicatory hearing at a later date. The postponement does not affect the local public hearing scheduled for Nov. 8, 2017, at 6 p.m., at Cleveland City Council Chambers, Cleveland City Hall, 2nd Floor – Room 216, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, OH . . . Complete story »


October 21, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

War over Ohio clean energy standards heats up — again

The Ohio General Assembly is tussling yet again over the Buckeye State’s clean energy standards. Industrial groups, fossil fuel interests and conservative groups are leading a push for the Legislature to relax Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. They maintain the current requirements are costly, market-distorting mandates. But renewable companies, environmentalists and a collection of big-name corporations – including Whirlpool Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. – are defending the standards as cost-cutting, pollution-slashing, job-creating incentives. A Senate committee heard testimony yesterday on . . . Complete story »


October 18, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Republic man argues against loosening rules for wind farms

A Republic resident addressed Seneca County commissioners Tuesday on the pitfalls of state legislation that would loosen restrictions on setbacks for wind turbines. Chris Zeman has property that could be near wind farms and said he opposes the idea. He said the county would lose its ability to levy taxes on the area if turbines are installed. Zeman said it would be better to allow property owners to expand or build new properties than to rely on tax income from . . . Complete story »


October 18, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Findlay Republican Cliff Hite suddenly resigns from Ohio Senate

He had recently been working on legislation attempting to ease wind farm setback regulations. Complete story »


October 11, 2017 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy isn’t right for Ohio

Anna DeGarmo’s recent opinion piece concluded that despite local opposition to utility scale wind development, Ohio should continue to force more wind energy into the utility mix. She even goes so far as to label local opponents to wind energy as “close minded” . While extolling the dubious local economic benefits of turning entire counties into 50, 60 and even 70 story power plants, Ms. DeGarmo ignores certain immutable facts regarding Ohio wind energy. First, she ignores the fact that . . . Complete story »


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