Yesterday, the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee met to hear proponent testimony on a new version of a bill that would give County Commissioners the authority to reduce statutory setbacks for a “wind farm”. The minimum setback “shall be both” 1.1 times the total height of the turbine (including to tip of blade) to the … Continue reading Will BigWind move closer to its Ohio neighbors?
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"according to Ohio law, before the Ohio Power Siting Board can issue a certificate for a windfarm, the board must be able to show the proposed windfarm will comply with various requirements related to flicker, sound and ice throw. The board was supposed to have developed rules related to those requirements by 2008. The board “never … Continue reading Rural Greenwich, Ohio, taking BigWind to the supreme court
We have been watching Apex, since they purchased the leases for southern Van Wert county. Their plans are now official and stated on the website. A new office has been opened in Ohio City. What will the Van Wert county commissioners say this time? Despite complaints from farmers and townships, the commissioners only see $$$. … Continue reading Apex wants to blanket Van Wert County, Ohio with turbines
The Huron County Greenwich Windpark project is in the spotlight this week as citizens continue to battle what they believe has been an unfair and legally questionable process before the Ohio Power Siting Board. We imagine many Ohio communities feel empathy for the Greenwich residents. One issue that is in dispute concerns the OPSB’s interpretation … Continue reading Are Ohio’s farmers beginning to say NO to BigWind, but YES to solar?
What a special time for the people of Findlay, Ohio – home of Marathon, Ball Corp., Whirlpool and State Senator Cliff Hite. In an amazing feat, wind developer One Energy is developing a facility with five 1.5 MW industrial wind turbines which will have no regulatory oversight from the State of Ohio. The State regulates “economically significant” … Continue reading BigWind builds in Findlay, Ohio and laughs at Ohio Power Siting Board
In Champaign County, the Urbana Daily Citizen reports that the County and Township governments did not file requests for rehearing of the OPSB’s decision to grant Everpower’s certificate extension. Presumably, these governments have their hands full with their two other active lawsuits. Additionally, below this discussion is an enticing offer from Everpower for some of … Continue reading Everpower has their hands full with Ohio lawsuits
Yesterday, September 12th, Everpower filed an extensive amendment to its Scioto Ridge project in Logan and Hardin Counties. The filing includes approximately 70 different documents. The important thing to note here is that Everpower probably filed the amendment on September 12 because the new property line setbacks go into effect on September 15th. By filing … Continue reading Everpower proposes (sneaky) amendment in Ohio
As most of the focus remains on national and state elections, little activity is occurring in either Columbus or Washington. September 14th is the date the law establishing the Ohio Energy Study Committee becomes effective. We understand at this point that the Committee will not be appointed until after the November election. Similarly, it does … Continue reading The Ohio Power Siting Board show, ‘brought to you, in part, by BigWind’
More than a month ago, we learned that Everpower intended to close its Bellefontaine, Ohio office on or about August 1st. At the time, the Bellefontaine Examiner called to verify the story and Jason Dagger denied it. On July 22nd, Everpower's Dagger and Mike Pullins sent a letter to Buckeye Wind Leaseholders advising them that … Continue reading Winds of change blow Everpower out of Ohio…
Ohio is in the belly of the beast, if the beast is our current renewable energy lobbying group. They are extremely well-funded and deep-pocketed thanks to decades of taxpayer subsidies. Although many states have attempted to repeal their renewable mandates, Ohio is the closest to the finishing line, so the groups are putting tremendous pressure … Continue reading If you can’t stand the heat, get out of OHIO!!
No surprise. Yes, the wind-opposition group had an opportunity to voice their concerns. NO, they weren't actually HEARD. The OPSB is a "yes" group, and some say they work behind the scenes with the wind groups. They have NEVER denied an application for a wind farm in Ohio. I don't think they ever will, until … Continue reading Ohio Power Siting Board members need to live within Wind Farm