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The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on Friday suspended the hearings scheduled in the Seneca Wind Farm case, including the local public hearing previously set for April 23 in Tiffin, and the evidentiary hearing set to begin May 16 in Columbus.
A project to use two wind turbines at Lordstown Village Hall to generate electricity is coming to a close after the village sold both turbines for $1. ...Hill said neither of the turbines have worked for about two years, and they are costly to fix, so the village secured the propellers to stop them from turning to reduce the potential for one to come loose and hurt someone.
If the commissioners give in to Apex Clean Energy’s request, the commissioners will be providing excessive upfront tax relief to a project Apex’s own spokesperson said will not affect the project moving forward. Wind companies and wind project get bought and sold all the time, and in my opinion the risk is too great. I have heard from many of you personally and at my recent office hours in Norwalk. I am moved by your pleas and will work to move Ohio forward to ensure our children and our grandchildren have the opportunity to view our county’s picturesque countryside as God intended. I encourage the commissioners to vote no on a PILOT.
A state board has rescheduled the adjudicatory hearing for Apex Clean Energy’s proposed 47-turbine Republic Wind project in Seneca and Sandusky counties.
The developers of a proposed local wind farm must re-do a public meeting as part of the approval process it must undergo before it gets a permit to build. The Ohio Power Siting Board decided Thursday that Apex Clean Energy needed to host another public information meeting for its Emerson Creek Wind Project, which would see the construction of about 70 wind turbines in Erie and Huron counties.
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.
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.
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.
Phase I of the project received approval from the OPSB in March of 2010. Phase II with 56 turbines was approved in 2013. In late December 2017, EverPower filed with the OPSB for an amended certificate that combines the two project phases – Buckeye Wind I and II – previously approved by the OPSB, but reduces by more than half the number of wind turbines that could be constructed. The amendment includes updates to collection lines, access roads and newer turbine models, which Dagger said are quieter.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Van Wert resident Jeremy Kitson lives in the Blue Creek Project area ...Van Wert is home to the largest industrial wind project in the entire state, Avangrid's Blue Creek Wind Farm. Anyone (who) is saying that our community is positive when it comes to wind development is being blatantly dishonest,” he said, referring to claims made by the supporting side of the matter, who have said school stand to benefit the most from the project, especially monetarily.
NORWALK, Ohio — Plans for the massive Emerson Creek Wind project — in the works since 2009 — were unveiled to the public Thursday during an open house at the Bronson Conservation League building just outside here.
Ohio’s elected leaders must BOTH move the state forward with more and better renewable energy sources AND respect the rights of property owners and the will of communities. This cannot be an either/or proposition. ...Every stakeholder’s rights must be fairly weighed in the process. A balance must be struck so that the communities being torn apart by the dispute can come together once the state authorities make their ruling.
A lawsuit filed in Paulding County Common Pleas Court this week by a group of farmers alleges the Ohio General Assembly violated the state constitution when it passed much more restrictive rules for setback requirements in 2014 than those which had been previously in effect.
With no discussion, the Seneca East board of education unanimously (5-0) approved a resolution to intervene in upcoming Ohio Power Siting Board hearings that will decide the fate of the controversial Seneca Wind project. ...The school district joined four of five Seneca County townships that have passed similar resolutions to intervene. The only one in Seneca that hasn’t passed a resolution is Bloom Township, where three of five trustees are leaseholders.