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Opponents of a local wind farm won a major victory this week with the Erie County commissioners, but who wins the war on wind turbines will be decided in Columbus. The Erie County commissioners voted to deny the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) requested by Apex Clean Energy for its Emerson Creek Project.
The complaint filed in Seneca County Common Pleas Court states that each defendant refused to allow Seneca Wind access to their properties and that Seneca Wind needs to access the properties to analyze, plan and construct the project and to provide key information to Ohio Power Siting Board as it considers the application.
Retired Wood County Common Pleas Judge Robert Pollex, assigned by the Ohio Supreme Court to preside over the case, told attorneys after the final witness testified that he would give them until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to submit their final briefs. The judge is being asked by sPower to issue an order granting immediate access to 31 tracts of land in which a different would-be developer negotiated leases from the 30 property owners more than a decade ago.
On the eve of continuing courtroom drama Friday over a proposed Seneca County wind farm, a state board approved plans for another wind farm to be constructed over in Paulding County near the Indiana state line.
The Huron County commissioners have heard residents’ concerns about the Emerson Creek wind energy project and reversed their previous decision to support it.
Resolution #19-067 was unanimously passed by the Board of Huron County Commissioners on February 19, 2019. The resolution repeals Resolution 2018-080 relative to the comuty's support of the Application submitted to the Ohio Development Services Agency by Apex Clean Energy for the Emerson Creek Wind Energy Project to be located in Huron County. A portion of the resolution is provided below. The signed resolution can be downloaded from the links on this page.
County leaders are working on an agreement with a wind turbine developer that will cover the costs of damage to any county or township roads. Innogy SE plans to begin site preparations for Scioto Ridge Project, most of which is in southern Hardin County.
The city zoning appeals board voted 3-1 Thursday to deny a variance that would have allowed One Energy to build one or two 400-foot wind turbines on 37 acres southeast of the intersection of Crystal and Bigelow avenues. ...Findlay zoning laws set a 40- to 100-foot limit on wind turbines.
Living with visible shadow flicker in their homes as well as noise — audible and inaudible — are two quality-of-life concerns of residents in eastern Seneca County who would have wind turbines near their property if two proposed wind farm projects are constructed.
Among sticking points in the months-long negotiations between the board and the developers were measures to protect and monitor migrating birds and bats. Research director with the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Mark Shieldcastle, explained that more than 1 million birds use the area for migration and foraging habitat every year.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, R, on Monday, named energy attorney and lobbyist Samuel Randazzo as the new chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), sparking criticism from renewable energy advocates and environmentalists.
Seneca Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Utah-based sPower, whiffed Monday on its first attempt for a court order that would have let it proceed with preconstruction work on 31 tracts of private land that are part of the massive wind farm it wants to build. Visiting Judge Robert Pollex denied a request from Seneca Wind attorneys for a temporary restraining order against 30 property owners holding the combined 31 leases.
There’s a new judge and a new hearing date for the legal complaint Utah-based wind turbine developer sPower has filed against 30 property owners whom the company claims are in breach of contract by resisting sPower’s attempts to come onto their property
The process hit a snag recently when numerous property owners who had signed over rights to their land years ago began resisting sPower’s attempts to come onto their property. A complaint filed by Seneca Wind LLC accuses some 30 property owners of a breach of contract. Leases were signed in 2008, with an amendment in 2013, court records show.
Add it up: No net economic benefits. Environmental damages. Growing public opposition. A variety of likely legal actions. The Great Lakes are held in the public trust by each bordering state and Canada. Accordingly, any proposal that will pollute and endanger the lakes should be wholly rejected by the agencies charged with protecting them, in this case the OPSB.
In his comments, Punch voiced his concerns over low-frequency sound emitted by industrial wind turbines, commonly known as infrasound. According to Punch’s research, the turbines used in wind farm developments can have negative effects on a person’s mental and physical health.
TIFFIN — The Seneca Anti-Wind Union — a grassroots group representing opponents of commercial-scale wind projects planned for Seneca County — had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon to open an office for coordinating activities.
Audiologist Dr. Jerry Punch, a professor emeritus in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, submitted comments in regard to a wind energy facility before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Dr. Punch's comments focus on the impacts of wind turbines noise on human health. A portion of his comments are provided below. His complete letter can be downloaded at the links on this page.
The Supreme Court voted 5-2 that the Ohio Power Siting Board improperly approved a request by developers of the Black Fork Wind Energy Project to extend the date to begin construction from January 2017 until January 2019. Opponents of the farm, which would be located in portions of Crawford and Richland counties, contend the siting board allowed the company to use a procedure to evade new “setback” rules imposed by the General Assembly, which would require more distance between turbines and property lines.
“We all have one enemy in common, and it’s wind,” said Chris Zeman, one of the founders of the anti-wind group, to a packed room. Zeman claimed people are left with land they can’t use after neighbors agreed to have a turbine placed on the edge of their property, away from their home. “Now they are reaping all the money while you’re stuck with land you can’t do anything with,” Zeman said. “I’m all for property rights, but if it takes away my right for what I want to do with my land, then that becomes a property rights issue.”