Who actually ‘Profit’s if VanWert, Ohio says YES to More BigWind?

There is an interesting development in Van Wert, Ohio as a strongly PRO BigWind candidate is attempting to oust a current county commissioner….The county commissioners ultimately vote on whether or not to give BigWind the massive PILOT tax abatement.
Vicky and her husband are the owners of Profit&Sons Farms in Van Wert County, Ohio.
The Profits farm approximately 3800 acres and have have approx 1200 acres leased within the  proposed Apex Clean Energy/Long Praire wind project. Much of the  remaining 2600 acres, owned by other individuals, is  also leased, per the Van Wert County Auditors office.
Mrs Profit would be in direct violation of Ohio Ethics code if she takes place in any discussion or voting on any wind matter.

The Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes are found in Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) Chapter 102. and Sections 2921.42 and 2921.43

Mrs Profit stated in this publication that Commissioners should make BigWind decisions withOUT going to a public vote…but legislation is being currently being written allowing Ohio residents to have this decision-making power.
Mrs Profit is also directly supported by Sarah Moser, Project Development Manager of Apex Clean Energy.  In Mrs Profits Declaration of Candidacy, Sarah K Moser was the signed Circulator of the Candidacy petition. There are also election billboards place throughout the county payed for by SRAL LLC,  A Domestic Limited Liability Company owned by Sarah K Moser. Does this show collusion between BigWind and this candidate?…

The local Heart Land Patriots group sponsored a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday evening, with a featured face-off between Van Wert County commissioner candidates Vicki Profit and Thad Lichtensteiger…

Profit also reiterated her support for renewable energy development in the county, noting that wind energy has been the largest economic development factor in the county, as well as provides needed dollars to the county, its schools, and local property owners.

“I have made it crystal clear that I prefer renewable energy,” she noted. “I completely understand that there are many different opinions about the entire wind industry as a whole, but it’s very difficult for me to sit back and completely ignore what these projects have done for small communities like ours.

“Opportunities like we have been presented in regards to Long Prairie Wind Farm do not come around very often,” Profit said. “We preach economic development in this county consistently, but when you look around, the one and only major contributor … for economic growth, has been renewable energy.”

She questioned why current county officials have not been more supportive of wind energy and new setback laws, and said, if elected, she would make decision necessary for the betterment of the county as a whole.

Profit said, though, that she would listen to all arguments before making a decision on any issue.

A number of wind farm opponents attended the meeting and criticized Profit for her support of wind energy, with some wind energy opponents wondering if her family’s participation in the Long Prairie Wind Farm project would be a conflict of interest problem for her as a commissioner.

Profit answered that, if she felt that was the case, she would abstain from voting on such projects. She also said she felt the county commissioners should make decisions on future wind projects, rather than going to a vote by just the residents of a proposed wind farm district — something being proposed at the Ohio General Assembly level — noting that many groups and the county as a whole benefit financially from a wind farm project, not just those within a wind farm footprint….

https://www.thevwindependent.com/news/2018/04/11/commissioners-candidates-spar-on-wind-energy-issue/#more-101163

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Apex whines (in Ohio) for BigWind setback changes

Apex continues to push for legislation to override property line setbacks. When Apex bought the approved BP project in Van Wert County, the old setbacks were in place. Now that Apex wants to pursue Phase II, they are confronted with the new setbacks and they are not happy about it. After reading press reports of Apex whining, Sen Seitz remarked,

“The most interesting thing about this article to me is that the former County Economic Development Director (Sarah Moser) is now working for the wind developer. That, plus the fact that the County benefits financially from the PILOTS while the township/village does not, makes it quite dangerous to allow the county commissioners to override the statewide setbacks. “

The Van Wert County Board of Commissioners heard an update on the Long Prairie wind farm project from Apex Clean Energy representatives and also talked to officials from county villages about economic development.

Scott Hawken and Sarah Moser from Apex Clean Energy provided an update on the project to the commissioners and representatives from the nine county townships that could potentially be included in one of the two planned phases of the Long Prairie wind turbine project. Representatives from the three school districts involved (Van Wert, Crestview, and Lincolnview) were also present, as was County Engineer Kyle Wendel and Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Susan Munroe.
Hawken, Apex development manager, said the Ohio General Assembly was the biggest hurdle the project had to clear to become a reality.
“The major roadblocks slowing us down in development are the current setbacks the state has in legislation,” Hawken said, noting that industry groups are currently working to educate legislators on the impact the setbacks have had on Ohio wind energy projects….

Source: Apex gives wind energy project update