If we didn’t reside here, in NW Ohio, and know the truth, we would think that Apex was actually talking about someplace different. As stated below, ‘Apex is set to go on…Long Prairie Wind’ in Van Wert county. Really? Only a few months have passed since the Allen county port authority UNANIMOUSLY voted NO and denied Apex the rights to use a RR line for a transmission line. Only a few months have passed since easily 200-300 people packed that meeting room and OVERWHELMINGLY opposed Apex plans. Only a few months have passed since Allen county residents have united, with the common goal, to PREVENT Apex from entering our county. Only a few months have passed since opposition in Van Wert county and Allen county have united in their efforts to protect our communities. This is just proof that this industry is desperate and will work tirelessly to attack our legislators. Their interest is in becoming parasites for our taxdollars. Long Prairie is set to go? Go where? Out of town preferably!….
A Virginia wind-power development company, Apex Clean Energy, hopes to erect four wind farms in the northern Ohio, but only if the state reverses legislation that effectively reduced the number of wind turbines that can be erected.
Apex is set to go on the first phase of its Long Prairie Wind farm in Van Wert County. The farm would generate 450 megawatts of electricity if both phases are completed. The firm has three other projects in the works across Huron, Seneca and Sandusky counties….
Apex has targeted northwest Ohio for its wind farms because that’s where the most optimal sustained winds blow. Turbines operate the more efficiently in winds of about 20 mph at more than 320 feet above ground.
What’s holding Apex back?
Two changes to state law pretty much halted any new wind-farm development in Ohio….
In 2014, the legislature voted to freeze for three years a mandate for investor-owned utilities to tap renewable energy sources.
Even more harmful to the wind industry was last-minute language slipped into a 2014 budget bill that increased the distance wind turbines must be from the boundary lines of unoccupied property. Industry officials contend the increased setback requirements make it too costly and logistically too difficult to create a viable wind farm….
If the old setback law had been in place when the developers of Blue Creek Wind Farm – one of the few wind farms in the state – sought its approval, it would have been able to put up about a dozen turbines instead of the 152 that are now spread across 22,000 acres in Van Wert and Paulding counties, according to Blue Creek officials….