County, townships fight turbine ruling.385732013-06-07T17:58:57Z2013-06-07T17:58:57ZOn Wednesday, county commissioners and trustees from Goshen, Union and Urbana townships met in executive session and then voted to ask Kevin Talebi, Champaign County prosecutor, to seek a rehearing with the siting board on the decision.Commissioners, townships seek OPSB rehearing on Buckeye Wind II.385922013-06-06T22:01:55Z2013-06-06T22:01:55ZThe Champaign County Commission and three townships, in a special meeting Wednesday, authorized asking that the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) hold a rehearing on Buckeye Wind II.
Commissioner Steve Hess said the meeting was called at the request of county Prosecutor Kevin Talebi. State board OKs Champaign turbines; Senator opposed to plan that citizens' group vows to challenge..384992013-05-29T15:39:52Z2013-05-29T15:39:52ZOpponents who live near the proposed project said immediately after the meeting they will ask the siting board to review its decision. If the board reaffirms its decision, the case could be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.OPSB approves Buckeye Wind II.384982013-05-29T15:37:11Z2013-05-29T15:37:11ZThe Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approved a certificate Tuesday allowing for the construction of more than 50 wind turbines in eastern Champaign County as part of the second phase of the Buckeye Wind farm.Champaign wind farm decision nears; State board will consider second phase of turbine project..384062013-05-21T12:55:39Z2013-05-21T12:55:39ZSeveral issues are still pending, including how the project will be taxed. Developers are expected to seek a Payment In Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT, if the project moves forward. Under that scenario, Buckeye would make an annual payment to the county between $1.2 and $1.8 million spread between numerous entities.Wednesday meeting to detail Greenwich wind farm proposal.384222013-05-21T01:22:42Z2013-05-21T01:22:42ZIts operator hopes to file an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board early this summer and begin construction by the end of the year. Commercial operations would then begin in the summer or fall of 2014. Construction would have to begin this year for the operator to take advantage of a federal tax credit, unless it is renewed for next year.Application process continues for southern VW County wind farm.383262013-05-10T03:52:19Z2013-05-10T03:52:19ZThe update touched on many topics, but little new information was brought out. BP Wind is still working toward applying with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), probably in early September. The licensing process will probably take up to nine months to complete.County ends alternative energy zone.380932013-04-18T15:44:58Z2013-04-18T15:44:58ZHaving the power to withhold special tax incentives would, in effect, make a wind farm project much less attractive to energy companies, and would provide the county with more clout in bargaining with utilities seeking to locate wind turbines in Van Wert County.Wind farm project up in the air; Energy company looking to sell its turbine projects.380532013-04-12T05:00:34Z2013-04-12T05:00:34Z Future industrial wind farm development in Mercer County is getting turbulent as BP America announced it will sell its wind energy division.
BP spokesman Matt Hartwig said the Great Britain-based company decided to sell its American wind division "as part of a continuing effort to become a more focused oil and gas company and reposition the company for sustainable growth into the future."Public gets a chance to investigate proposed new wind farm.380352013-04-10T01:07:25Z2013-04-10T01:07:25ZMore than 100 people turned out Tuesday evening at Wayne Trace High School to find out about a proposed new wind farm in Blue Creek and Latty townships of Paulding County.
The wind farm is being developed by Northwest Ohio Wind Energy and is slated to see construction begin by the end of December.Lordstown turbines continue to frustrate village officials.378712013-03-27T16:37:03Z2013-03-27T16:37:03ZMayor Arno Hill said the allure of "going green" and a fear of rejecting state grant money eventually landed the turbines on the administration building's property.
"These have basically been nonproductive from Day One. We have to live with them for another six or seven years because of the 10-year grant we received. It would have been better to put in high-efficiency lighting; in my opinion, we would have had our return back by now."Wind energy company wants poles across Allen County.378702013-03-27T16:33:25Z2013-03-27T16:33:25ZA representative with BP Wind Energy met Tuesday with Allen County Commissioners to discuss constructing utility lines in the county to extract energy coming from a future Van Wert County wind farm.
Because power relaying stations in Van Wert County are at capacity, BP Wind Energy Business Developer Roger Brown said the utility is looking to have that wind farm power extracted to Lima.Urbana plans challenge to wind farm change.378372013-03-23T22:11:03Z2013-03-23T22:11:03ZThe amendment filed by Buckeye this week asks the state to allow changes to its wind farm permit, including moving the site of three construction staging areas and relocating about six miles of power lines onto leased private property.
But city officials in Urbana are concerned that one of the proposed construction sites would hurt a plan to extend a sewer line.City, wind company may battle over construction sites.376682013-03-09T01:07:24Z2013-03-09T01:07:24ZUrbana's prosecutor has raised concerns about a proposed construction staging area near Three Mile Road and U.S. 36. for turbines by the Buckeye Wind Project. The city recently reached an agreement with Robert Rothschild Farm that would extend a sewer line to that area as part of a proposed expansion at Rothschild.Conneaut school seeks energy upgrade as wind power bombs.376492013-03-08T15:29:13Z2013-03-08T15:29:13ZBoard of Education members will seek quotes for replacing electric boilers in Conneaut Middle School with natural gas versions, an indication they may be ready to pull the plug on its experiment with wind power. ...The turbine, built in January 2010, was expected to provide the school electricity at a rate that beats FirstEnergy's prices. However, the generator has never performed as billed and for more than a year has been completely inactive.County, wind company discuss construction plans.375102013-02-25T13:33:33Z2013-02-25T13:33:33ZThe OPSB can either approve the project as submitted, require changes or reject the project entirely. Those in favor of the wind farm said it will bring needed revenue and jobs and few negative affects on residents. Opponents have said the project is too close to homes, and some have even threatened to move out of the county if the project is approved.Neighbors' group learns about future turbines.373812013-02-14T18:06:28Z2013-02-14T18:06:28ZNearly 50 residents attended a meeting held Tuesday by a group opposing wind turbines in northern Mercer County. Most at the meeting simply asked questions. ...Van Wert resident Ron Schumm, whose neighbors have turbines, said the turbine company tore up the roads and did not adequately repair them.
"They will destroy your roads," he said. "That's something the county and townships should be aware of."Ohio regulator tied to group opposing renewables.372002013-01-30T13:08:51Z2013-01-30T13:08:51ZHolly Karg, the commission's public affairs director, said energy lobbyists attend events of the exchange council, but Snitchler was above the fray.
"He was not being lobbied at those events; he was speaking at them," she said.
His financial disclosure form indicates the commission reimbursed Snitchler for about $175 in meal expenses for the two 2011 meetings. He reported no travel costs.