Does anyone else think this article is coincidental to appear the day after a front page article which covered the Democratic governor candidates opposition to SB 310 and HB 483? The Lima News is showing preferential support of a Democratic candidate and our media should not be doing this. Anyway, this article makes us want to start playing violin. Should we feel sorry for them? NO! There is absolutely nothing that stops these companies from negotiating new contracts with their leaseholders, which allows them to ignore the setback on their own property. The new Ohio setbacks are much more in line, but still much smaller than many worldwide setbacks. Setbacks are meant to protect the people of Ohio, not big business. As more of these machines encroach on our communities, it is just a matter of time before a blade shear becomes life/property threatening. It was only a couple of short years ago, when the Iberdrola blade sheared in Van Wert and pieces flew over 750 feet away! This reminds me of the arguments against smoking in public places. Even though you may not become ill with lung cancer, you cannot deny the existence. BigWind has been denying the risks associated with their massive machines. Machines that continue to grow larger and larger every year….
Changing topics, it is very unfortunate that Putnam county has become a renewable energy zone. Why? They will have absolutely no power to say no to BigWind, if developments come. Van Wert, after experiencing 1 wind site, chose to rescind their AEZ. Why don’t some learn from the mistakes of others?….
A pair of possible wind farm projects are “on hold” after a pair of legislative actions changed the rules on renewable energy.Iberdrola Renewables has put its Dog Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert and its Leipsic Wind Farm in Putnam County on hold, citing changes to the “setback” rules...
On Tuesday, the Putnam County commissioners still passed a resolution designating the county as an alternative energy zone to show its support.
“The Board is willing to provide real and tangible personal property tax exemption to support the development of alternative energy generation facilities, provided the appropriate service payments are made,” according to the resolution.
The Dog Creek Wind Farm called for 50 wind turbines. The new rules would’ve left room for only seven. The Leipsic project called for 75 turbines, but the new rules would’ve only allowed three.
“It’s not just about the money to lease the acreage,” Litchfield said. “Both projects would need about 50 percent more acreage for adjacent properties. … But some people just don’t want to lease their land, for any number of reasons.”…