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DeWine certified the petition language for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution. Three previous versions were submitted, beginning in 2012. Another summary was rejected by DeWine in May.
Wind-power companies are dealing with the double blow of S.B. 310 and a provision in a separate bill that requires a larger setback between wind turbines and nearby property lines.
For every study Everpower has saying wind energy is safe, that it creates minimal noise (a hum, nothing above normal conversation) and that it doesn’t affect property values, opponents can point to a study showing wind farms cause health problems such as nausea and headaches and that they devalue property.
It was billed as an educational meeting by Iberdrola Renewables officials, but the two-hour meeting was more like a grilling administered by eastern Van Wert County residents who believe they would be affected by Iberdrola’s proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm project.
Opponents of the planned Black Fork Wind Farm in northern Crawford and Richland counties can rest easy for the time being. For a variety of reasons, the project is on hold until further notice. "As far as moving forward this year or early next year, that’s not likely,” said Scott Zeimetz, a spokesperson for the Portland, Ore.-based Element Power.
The Ohio Power Siting Board approval is only one hurdle the company must clear. ...In addition, several dozen local residents in a group called Fight the Wind have asked the Hardin County commissioners to repeal an “alternative energy zone” agreement that cuts the amount of tax the company must pay on each turbine. Dagger said the tax break is necessary to make the project economically viable.
The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm will have a nameplate capacity of up to 300 megawatts of electric generation. The project will include up to 60 miles of access roads, 83 miles of underground electric collection lines. The wind farm is associated with two additional OPSB cases that entail the construction of a 4.8 mile long 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a 345 kV substation in McDonald Township.
The Trustees of Rushcreek Township in Logan County, Ohio passed this resolution requesting that the Ohio Power Siting Board deny the Scioto Ridge wind energy facility proposed by Everpower Wind. The text of the resolution is provided below. The full resolution can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.
Richland Township Trustees followed suit with other local government bodies in issuing a resolution stating their opposition to the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm. ...I’m the new guy on the block, but after talking to other township trustees (in Van Wert County), I see so many problems down the road,” Trustee Phil Alloway, who has only been on the board since the start of the year, said.
Both phases of the project have been approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board, but the second phase is being appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. The turbines would be spread throughout six townships. Champaign County and members of Union Neighbors United, a group opposed to the project, have both filed arguments with the Ohio Supreme Court, raising concerns about safety and the cost to decommission the project, among other issues.
Citing concerns that "landowners with wind farms on their property are afraid to testify on legislation in his committee because of confidentiality clauses in their leases," the senator then asked wind developers "to provide written assurance that they would not take action against leaseholders who publicly testify."
Opponents of the wind development project, however, say the letter’s “only the facts” tone is not what they expect from community leaders. “The question becomes is it fair to allow some innocent citizens to be subjected to significant quality of life and homestead property value loss for the gain of neighboring land owners …” Zanesfield activist Tom Stacy wrote in reply to the letter.
Concerns with the safety of the Buckeye Wind Project and the process by which it was approved were among the chief issues raised by opponents before the Ohio Supreme Court. Champaign County prosecutors and members of Union Neighbors United filed arguments recently with the Ohio Supreme Court, one of the final steps in deciding whether the controversial wind project can move forward. Combined with an earlier first phase, the project could include a total of about 100 turbines spread spread throughout six townships.
A letter filed by Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman with the Ohio Power Siting Board says that wind developer Everpower neglected to address Logan County roads in its original application.“It appears that the transportation study submitted to the Ohio Power Siting Board failed to address Logan County roads. However, several Logan County roads are being used according to the mapping included in the application.”
The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold a public hearing to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about Hardin Wind, LLC’s proposal to construct the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Hardin and Logan counties.
“We’ve been working on a road agreement for two years, but these energy companies have never sat down with us,” said Commissioner Gary Utt. “I’ve been told by the Paulding County clerk that they (wind farm companies) fixed the roads the first time, but the second time, when they replace equipment, they won’t be as forthright.”
Richland County Commissioners say developers of the proposed Black Fork Wind Farm still need a road agreement before they can begin construction of their wind turbine project west of Shelby.
The 2012 approval of the Black Fork Wind Farm by the Ohio Power Siting Board was affirmed in a decision handed down Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court. Opponents of the planned wind-turbine project, to be constructed in northern Richland and Crawford counties, included a handful of residents in Shelby, Crestline and Tiro. They had appealed the siting board’s approval.
Representatives from the Buckeye Wind farm said they are backing out of a controversial proposal that would have relocated a temporary construction yard outside Urbana. Buckeye Wind LLC had planned to use the staging area during construction of two phases of the wind farm, which would build about 100 turbines across several townships in Champaign County.
Northwest Ohio has had wind farms in operation for about three years. Some are not happy with the wind farms, while others think the arrival of alternative-energy companies is the best thing that could happen to the region. ..."We were told that the noise was minimal and that light flickers are only noticeable at 1,000 meters and only for a few minutes," Schaffner said. "That simply is not true."