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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.


February 20, 2021 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Property values will be impacted by wind farm

The Feb. 13 article about the Honey Creek Wind Farm touches on the topic of property values. As a semi-retired law librarian, I researched that issue for my statement at the public hearing last Aug. 20 for the Emerson Creek Wind Farm. I also filed supplementary material for that hearing. Big Wind tends to rely on the “Berkeley” study referenced in the article. That study is used to say that the presence of turbines has a minimal effect on property . . . Complete story »


February 13, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Riedel helps introduce bill concerning property rights on wind, solar farms

COLUMBUS – Ohio 82nd District State Rep. Craig Riedel of Defiance and Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, recently introduced a bill concerning property rights of township residents by allowing a public referendum for wind and solar projects. “As a state legislator in northwest Ohio, I represent the counties with the most wind development in the state,” stated Riedel. “The beauty of this bill is that it gives local control to township residents for them to decide whether wind or solar development is welcome . . . Complete story »


February 13, 2021 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Control of wind projects differs across states

Starwood Energy Group is trying to construct a wind turbine project (Grover Hill Wind) of about 37 turbines in two townships in and around the community. The project is in the “pre-application” phase, according to the Ohio Power Siting Board. This company has actually started constructing access roads and installing turbine bases. How can construction begin on a project that has not been issued the proper certificate? The siting board has been notified and will be scheduling a visit. Ironically, . . . Complete story »


February 13, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm could bring money, jobs, disruption

A planned wind farm could bring millions of dollars in taxes and fees into the county over its 30-year lifespan, but a state senator is warning residents to be sure they understand how the giant turbines could change peoples’ lives. Agents for the Honey Creek Wind Farm are leasing property in northern Crawford County and southern Seneca County, said Drew Christensen, public engagement manager for parent company Apex Clean Energy Inc. “The plan is for about a 360-megawatt wind project,” . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

APEX, anti-wind union still waiting on Republic Wind Farm decision

COLUMBUS – A decision appeared imminent on APEX Clean Energy’s Republic Wind Farm in 2019, as the Ohio Power Siting Board held a series of hearings on the controversial wind energy project and heard heated testimony from residents and company officials. Instead, members of the Seneca Anti-Wind Union (SAWU), APEX officials and local residents still are waiting to see, almost two years later, if up to 50 wind turbines will be built in Seneca County and a small portion of . . . Complete story »


February 6, 2021 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Group questions area wind project

We represent a group of concerned citizens of the Grover Hill community in Paulding County. Starwood Energy Group is in the process of trying to construct a wind turbine project (called Grover Hill Wind) of approximately 37 turbines in two townships in and around the community. The project is currently in the “Pre-application” phase (Case Number: 20-0417-EL-BGN), according to the Ohio Power Siting Board, which regulates the construction of wind projects.  This company has actually started constructing access roads and installing turbine . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm clears permits, concerns emerge

The proposed Salt Creek Wind Farm project in Tama County made significant steps toward becoming a reality recently. The Tama County board of adjustment met at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9 in Toledo where they considered and ultimately voted on 60 conditional use permits submitted by Salt Creek Wind LLC. The permits were seeking approval of 60 sites within a 25,000 acre footprint in central Tama County that will be used to construct wind turbines for the Salt Creek Wind . . . Complete story »


January 12, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Former top Ohio utility regulator was involved with writing tainted nuclear bill, emails show

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While serving as Ohio’s top utilities regulator, former Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo worked to amend a controversial nuclear bailout bill to hurt renewable energy projects while helping a former client that had just lost a major court case, recently released emails show. Records released by the Ohio House last month show Randazzo in emails to House staff suggested wording revisions to an early version of House Bill 6, which now is at the center . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Republic Wind transmission line hearing takes place online

Gary Baldosser of Republic gave the sole testimony during an Ohio Power Siting Board hearing Thursday evening regarding an electric transmission line for Republic Wind LLC’s proposed wind turbine project. The hearing took place via Webex online meeting service and was streamed on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio YouTube channel. If approved, Republic Wind would build 47 wind turbines – at last report – to generate electricity in the Seneca County townships of Adams, Reed, Scipio and Thompson as well as . . . Complete story »


January 2, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines may still have a future in Ohio, but for now the emphasis is on solar power

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Advocates believe renewable energy in Ohio and across the United States should get a boost when President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January given his expressed desire to make America’s energy sector carbon-free by 2035. Yet most of the development of wind and solar farms is driven by what’s going on at the state level, and in Ohio the political climate for renewable energy has not been welcoming. The controversial House Bill 6 reduces and eventually eliminates . . . Complete story »


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