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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 2, 2019 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Signing wind turbine setback waivers not a good idea

Many of the over 125 planned wind turbine locations in the projects proposed for our area are too close to neighbors to be legal. To remedy the situation the wind companies are trying to get those neighbors to sign “setback waivers” aka “good neighbor agreements” to allow the turbines to be placed closer to them than the law allows. If you are considering signing such an agreement be sure you understand what you are agreeing to. Wind turbines are 600 . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Nuclear energy bill won’t affect plans for wind farm

BELLEVUE – The approval of a bill to save Ohio’s nuclear power plants won’t affect plans to place a wind farm in Erie and Huron counties. Apex Clean Energy wants to construct up 71 wind turbines in the two counties in with its Emerson Creek project. Its proposal is being reviewed by the Ohio Power Siting Board, which holds the authority to deny or approve it. The Ohio General Assembly recently approved House Bill 6, which subsidized Ohio’s nuclear energy plants, . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Review of Republic Wind recommends approval

BELLEVUE – The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board recommends the board approve a wind farm in Sandusky and Seneca counties. Apex Clean Energy wants to construct 47 wind turbines in the two counties for its Republic Wind Farm. The board, which holds the power to approve or deny wind farm applications, had its experts review Apex’s application over the past several months. The full report was released Thursday with the staff recommending the board members approve the project as . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Sandusky County Commissioners rescind alternative energy zone

BELLEVUE – Sandusky County Commissioners rescinded the county’s alternative energy zone designation Thursday, a move applauded by dozens of Seneca Anti-Wind Union members present at the commission’s meeting in Bellevue City Council chambers. The commissioners’ decision came the same day as Ohio Power Siting Board staff recommended that the board authorize construction of the proposed Republic Wind Farm, which would put up to 47 new wind turbines in Seneca and Sandusky counties. The Sandusky County commissioners’ decision means the county . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Lake Erie wind turbines spark local debate

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP – For about 50 years, Lake Erie has basically been John Lipaj’s backyard. Growing up in Bay Village at his parents’ house overlooking the lake, Lipaj developed a love and passion for what is Ohio’s greatest natural resource that has since never faded. But the idea of looking out to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of Lake Erie’s diverse coastline only to see it blemished by hulking offshore wind turbines emerging over the horizon is not one Lipaj . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Seneca County wind farm controversy discussed at public hearing

TIFFIN – The drama of the Seneca Wind Farm controversy rose to a boil at a Tuesday public hearing. Community members provided testimony for and against Seneca Wind LLC’s application to construct a wind farm in Seneca County at the Ohio Power Siting Board’s five-hour public hearing at Tiffin University’s Marion Center, 235 Miami St. The hearing allowed members of the public not parties to the case to provide sworn testimony to be added to the case record. Opponents to wind . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Seneca Wind public hearing to be at TU Tuesday

A public hearing regarding Seneca Wind LLC’s application to create a 212- megawatt wind farm in Seneca County is to occur from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion Center at Tiffin University, 235 Miami St. The Ohio Power Siting Board is hosting the hearing and representatives from both sides of the issue are to be present Tuesday afternoon. Matt Butler of the OPSB said that the purpose of the hearing is to “give the public an opportunity to provide sworn . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

County to vote again on Pops funding

MAYVILLE – Confusion in what source will assist in funding the Chautauqua Lake Pops will cause the Chautauqua County Legislature to vote again. On Wednesday, Kathleen Dennison, Chautauqua County budget director, told the Planning and Economic Development Committee that a resolution the legislature passed in May was not correctly worded. The original resolution authorized the use of $10,000 from the 3% occupancy tax reserve for undesignated off-cycle projects budget would be used to assist the Chautauqua Lake Pops, which formally was . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2019 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Return amendment, local rights to HB 6

The Reineke amendment, which the Ohio Senate Energy Committee removed from House Bill 6, allows citizens whose townships are slated for industrial wind turbine facilities to vote whether the facility is compatible with their community. Critics of the amendment say it isn’t fair to have a wind company invest thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of work to then have the project denied by a citizen vote. But businesses take this kind of risk all the time. They routinely . . . Complete story »

July 15, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Strangled Ohio wind industry: ‘We don’t want to give up’

For the past five years, wind developers in Ohio have faced what they describe as among the most restrictive turbine-siting rules anywhere in the United States. More challenges may be mounting. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a controversial energy bill, H.B. 6, that would eliminate or weaken the state’s renewable energy standard – a long-sought move by Republicans that would further undermine wind development there. Another legislative effort would increase the risk faced in siting new projects (Energywire, May 24). Yet . . . Complete story »

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