The Ohio Chamber recently provided testimony to the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on HB-6 and their representative referred to the provision allowing a local referendum on wind projects as a “dangerous precedent”. Who else is drinking the BigWind KoolAid now???
Excerpt from their testimony: “Finally, there is one provision of HB 6 that must be removed, due to its likely detrimental impact on economic development. Currently, the bill permits a local referendum on wind energy projects after they’ve received Ohio Power Siting Board certification – and even after construction has begun. No other generation source is subject to a similar public referendum, and such a requirement would kill almost every wind project moving forward in the state. This represents a dangerous precedent and reverses the regulatory certainty developers and investors rely on to make business decisions and investments in Ohio.”
Full Testimony here: http://search-prod.lis.state.oh.us/cm_pub_api/api/unwrap/chamber/133rd_ga/ready_for_publication/committee_docs/cmte_s_energy_pu_1/testimony/cmte_s_energy_pu_1_2019-06-25-0930_774/keithlaketestimony.pdf
Since when is allowing people a voice in what drastically alters their communities a “dangerous precedent”? This is very unfortunate and NEEDS to be corrected immediately. We have quite group of people that are VERY UPSET with the Chamber’s stance on this and expect a formal response from the Chamber to clarify why you are taking a stand with big business and trampling on the rural citizens of Ohio!- Mr. Andy Doehrel’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org“