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Official claims wind company seeking land for turbines

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart claims Apex Clean Energy has been attempting to secure land rights from property owners in northern Mercer County for wind turbines, without notifying the public or local governments. A text of the letter written by Mr. Wiechart is provided at the bottom of this page and at this link. 
7 Oct 2017

Wind farms in Ohio pit environmentalists against some neighbors tired of noise, view

“It’s just very annoying, very unpleasant,” said Brenda DeLong, 61, interviewed on her front porch. ...From her porch, she hears a near-constant sound, like a plane flying overhead, from the turbines. On some mornings and evenings, when the sun is behind the turbines, she sees a flicker of shadows on the walls of her house. She feels like an essential part of her life — the outdoors around her home — has been taken away from her.
24 Sep 2017

Wind turbines removed from One Government Center

The four column-type wind turbines on top of One Government Center downtown — which were supposed to supplement the building’s energy use but instead sat idle for years — were finally removed at the taxpayers expense. It cost taxpayers $68,000 to remove the four turbines from the 22-story, state-owned building, said Tom Hoyt, Department of Administrative Services spokesman.
20 Sep 2017

Conneaut council fed up with disfigured turbine

NexGen estimates the cost of repair at $250,000. Earlier this month, the company said it would need a 10-year extension to the contract set to expire in 2020 to make a repair project financially feasible. Conneaut is presently in the seventh year of the original 10-year contract.
28 Jun 2017

Conneaut wind turbine facing uncertain future

 A wind turbine severely damaged by lightning late last month is facing an uncertain future on Conneaut’s lakefront. At Monday’s City Council meeting, City Manager James Hockaday said the turbine’s owner, NexGen Energy, wants a long-term renewal of its contract with the city before it will proceed with repairs.
29 Mar 2017

Bird groups sue to stop Lake Erie wind project

Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), have filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) over its plans to build and operate a wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility. 
27 Mar 2017

Ohio lawmaker pushes for stricter rules on wind development

“If wind farms cannot be developed without borrowing or stealing their neighbors’ nonresidential property in order to satisfy the setback, health, and safety requirements, then perhaps they should not be developed at all,” state Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) asserted in comments filed on October 31 with the Ohio Power Siting Board, of which Seitz is a non-voting member.
14 Nov 2016

Wind proposal downed

“If the only feasible way this project can go forward is through a tax exemption and payment in lieu of taxes, as the wind developer claims, then something is wrong with the State tax law,” the resolution reads.
16 Jun 2016

Ohio Ballot Board splits clean energy plan; New law could affect initiative

The Ohio Ballot Board, by a 3-1 party-line vote, determined that the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would change two sections of the state constitution, which would require those behind it to gather at least 306,000 signatures twice. ...The proposed amendment would obligate the state to borrow $1.3 billion a year for 11 years to invest in wind, solar, biomass, and other clean energy projects. Decisions on which projects to fund would be made by the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission, a limited liability company registered in the state of Delaware. That commission would get at least $65 million a year from the bond issues.
11 Nov 2015

Proposed wind farm in county halted

"Wind resource is extremely limited in Ohio; there are not many project sites with the wind resource necessary to support a utility-scale project. The convergence of sufficient wind resources, sufficient transmission capacity and interested landowners willing to lease their land — all are needed for a viable wind energy project," NextEra said in a motion before the Ohio Power Siting Board in 2011.
23 Oct 2015

Greenwich wind farm opponents plan to appeal; It seems unlikely construction will happen soon

Randazzo contends the Ohio Power Siting Board made a big mistake by ignoring a state law which says the turbines must obtain the consent of adjacent landowners if the turbines don't meet requirements for minimum setbacks, i.e. the distances between the turbines and property lines. Ledet contends that 62 percent of the wind turbines violate those minimum setback requirements.
13 Sep 2015

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Ohio&p=2&topic=General
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