BigWind has the best Public Relations strategy that tax dollars can buy! Frankly, after almost 30 years of subsidies, they should be able to afford it. Everywhere they are, language/statistics/speeches are ‘twisted’ to make them appear so attractive to the naive and uninformed eye; hence, a 3 ring circus has appeared at the local, state and national levels.
LOCAL – News from citizens in the mid-Ohio region ramped up as Everpower’s PR firm, Wilt, travels the area seeking opportunities to make “educational” presentations favorable to the wind industry. A drive through the countryside will reflect that where there is a “We Support Buckeye Wind” sign, there is a “Vote Chamberlain” sign nearby. Mike Pullins is working overtime. A Candidate Debate Night in Bellefontaine sponsored by the Logan County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Bellefontaine Examiner is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Auditorium from 7:00-9:00 PM. Both candidates Nino Vitale and Milo Schaffner will be on hand; neither drink the BigWind kool-aid! We remind voters that if you are registered as an Independent, you are still eligible to vote in the Republican Primary.
STATE – Saturday’s Columbus Dispatch ran opposing opinion pieces on Senate Bill 310 to freeze the state mandates. A renewable trade group executive and the sponsor of SB 310, Sen. Troy Balderson both speak out on their views. We think Senator Balderson’s position is just common sense. We have included the comment of Sam Randazzo who points out that an OSU “study” manufactured by the trade group has been proven to lack credibility. Elsewhere the Lake Erie wind project known as “Icebreaker” found their application to the OPSB to be rejected for incompleteness. We understand this setback may jeopardize federal funding LEEDCo was anticipating to receive in support of the project.
NATIONAL – Senator Harry Reid announced his intention to move forward on a vote for a two year extension of the Production Tax Credit when the Senate returns from its Easter recess. Reid wants to see action on the legislation before Memorial Day. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated April 3 that a two-year extension of a 2.3-cents-per-kWh subsidy for new wind turbines would cost taxpayers more than $13 billion over the next decade. There is considerable tension in the US House as conservative members are raising objections to Speaker Boehner’s continued leadership. These concerns rest on the failure to constrain federal spending and the PTC could wind up being a test of Republican resolve. Speculation is that tax extender legislation could get tacked onto to some unrelated “must pass” bill. AWEA says they aren’t worried. We urge everyone to write letters to Congress. Let’s give AWEA something to ‘worry’ about!…
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“The pursuit of clean alternative, renewable and advanced energy sources, and their supportive technologies, is the pursuit of the future, and our commitment to them shouldn’t waiver, despite the fact that their costs aren’t yet where we want them to be.”— Gov. John Kasich, Sept. 30, 2011
Gov. John Kasich made this pronouncement after an “energy summit” at Ohio State University where approximately 1,000 energy stakeholders from across the energy spectrum and all around the country had gathered for several days of panel discussions, roundtables and, finally, a closing address from the governor.
The summit kicked off a collaborative process to update state energy policy and to adopt a thoughtful strategy to leverage all of Ohio’s energy strengths. Kasich’s energy plan was well rounded. It fostered responsible use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas and also recognized the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It was truly “all of the above.”
Current law, as revised by the governor’s proposal, would ensure that renewable energy such as wind, solar and industrial “waste heat recovery” make up 12.5 percent of our electricity-generation portfolio by 2025. Current law also requires utilities to be 22 percent more “efficient” about the use of energy by 2025.
In reliance on state law, energy companies have hired thousands of Ohioans and invested millions of dollars into projects and technologies that will deliver this power over the coming decade. really? like Obamacare has hired peops to ensure you enrolled? and hired irs officials to make sure you pay your premium?
One company alone invested $600 million in a single wind farm, the largest capital investment in the state in 2012. actually, this 1 company didn’t invest this $, the taxpayer subsidized a lot of it! These projects have attracted global capital and spurred local hiring, while channeling our state universities to focus their research and development in the promising field of cleaner, more sustainable energy.
Ohio’s energy standards also have saved ratepayers money — a lot of money. Interesting, b/c we have covered rising rates all over the world where BigWind stands. Ohio must be unique. Studies by Ohio State University and others have shown that ratepayers have saved billions so far and stand to save an additional $4 billion more over the next decade as a result of the standards.
On the flip side, repealing the standards would increase costs for ratepayers by a similar amount and undermine Ohio’s economic competitiveness. This is why the standards are strongly supported by representatives of big energy consumers such as the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and the Ohio Hospital Association. Similarly, the AARP opposes this rollback…..
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