Port Authority rejects Apex entry into Allen county!!

One small battle win, in the big war against BigWind. What a wonderful site to see so many Allen and Van Wert residents unite in their opposition to this wind energy transmission line. The decision of the port authority was UNANIMOUS! Apex, however, did not appear to waver, in their desire to make this happen…via another/alternative route.  At least some of the Allen county citizens are now awake/enlightened/informed and common sense will prevail. Now is the time to speak with your farming neighbors and friends, in order to PREVENT Apex from obtaining an alternative route!….

The public has spoken….

It was a packed house for Thursday’s meeting of the Allen County Port Authority.

Members of the public wanted to let their voices be heard concerning a proposal by Apex Clean Energy to build a transmission line to an American Electric Power substation in Lima.

The line would link a proposed Long Prairie Wind Farm in Van Wert county to the Allen county substation.

Apex needed permission from the Port Authority because the line they want to construct runs along the Allen Van Wert rail line and they need an easement from the Port Authority for that to happen….

Source: Port Authority rejects Apex Clean Energy request for transmission line

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

Apex wants to blanket Van Wert County, Ohio with turbines

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 $$$. May we remind you where all of the $$$ comes from….our pockets! Hundreds of millions of taxpayer $ will be given for the building of this project and it will produce less than a dozen long-term jobs. But, Apex will throw $ back to the leasing farmers and the county….pocket change for them. Why should YOURS and MY tax$ fund their project? It will also produce far LESS energy than they tell us! How do we know this? Because it is public information how much electrical energy wind sites produce and Van Wert county has dismal, pathetic results. These sites will never replace the energy we can produce from a coal, nuclear or natural gas plant. NEVER.

Apex Clean Energy has acquired the development rights for and is exploring the feasibility of constructing Long Prairie Wind, a wind energy project in rural southern Van Wert County, Ohio….

Source: Long Prairie Wind