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If the certificates are not extended, it’s possible the developer would have to restart the lengthy application process for the project. Attorneys for Everpower Wind Holdings, the developer, argued the projects have been fought in the courts for about eight years.
As adjacent landowners to a proposed wind turbine site, we have been given a 13-page good neighbor contract that is titled “Wind Farm Neighbor Easement And Setback Waiver Agreement” that is intended to serve as an incentive to be cooperative with the Seneca Wind farm project. If we sign it, we get a whopping $500 signing bonus and $500 per year, but we have to waive our right to file a claim for damages related to any of the stated “effects,” which in the contract is worded as an “effect easement.” If we sign the contract, we also agree to a “setback easement” which states that the turbine can be located anywhere on the adjacent property, even closer than what the current state setback rule specifies.
At issue is the 400-kilowatt turbine adjacent to the city’s sewage treatment plant severely damaged by a lightning strike in February 2017. The blast shattered one of the turbine’s blades and heavily damaged its generator, officials said last year.
Attorneys representing the Buckeye Wind and Champaign Wind LLC projects are seeking approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board to extend the certificates for the project from May 28, 2018 to May 28, 2019, according to documents filed with the agency. If the certificates are not extended, it’s possible the developer would have to restart the lengthy application process for the project.
Documents filed with PUCO show the developers have filed an amendment slashing the number of proposed turbines to a maximum of 50. The project would use 27 potential turbine sites from the first phase and 28 from the second phase. It’s unclear what the economic impact of the new project might be.
Township trustees in Huron County are telling the commissioners they don’t support making the county an alternate energy zone (AEZ). At the very least, they are skeptical. Apex Clean Energy has asked the commissioners to consider declaring Huron County an AEZ.
An Ohio man fighting a wind project in his home county shared his experiences and advice Thursday night with residents of Cass County, where a similar project is proposed.
Chris Zeman of rural Republic said he’s forming a group opposing the wind project called Seneca Anti-Wind Union. He invited people to visit a new Facebook page. “We’re trying to inform people about the importance of the setbacks and destruction of the viewshed,” he said.
Republic Wind, LLC, intends to file an application to construct the Republic Wind Farm, which would spread across nearly 15,000 acres of leased land. That property is in the townships of Adams, Reed, Scipio and Thompson in Seneca County and York Township in Sandusky County, according to a pre-application filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board.
It’s been 15 years since Jim Spencer started a small solar energy company in New York that would turn into Pittsburgh’s biggest wind developer and, on Thanksgiving Day, be sold to the world’s biggest asset manager.
Police have issued a cease-and-desist order to the management of Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center to make them stop work on a wind turbine for which they had not obtained a building permit.
The Consumers' Counsel isn't buying the feint: “Nonetheless, it can be expected that AEP will seek to collect from other customers, through charges on customers’ electric bills, the revenues AEP would forgo as a result of the discounts proposed in the application,” the agency filing says. The unknown billing borne by other customers is "not limited or capped,”
The resignation, effective immediately, came as a surprise ...Mr. Hite, 63, chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee and has a number of bills pending in the Senate, including those dealing with wind farm setback rules.
Anna DeGarmo’s recent opinion piece (“OPINION: Despite opposition, renewable energy should come to Ohio”) concluded that despite local opposition to utility scale wind development, Ohio should continue to force more wind energy into the utility mix. She even goes so far as to label local opponents to wind energy as “close minded” .
PAYNE, Ohio – From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet.
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.
The Enertech E13 wind turbine continues to be a motionless sentinel over the American Legion Post west of Norwalk. Problems with the unit followed by lack of power will cause the wind machine to come down. American Legion post member Tom Cesa has taken it upon himself to try and salvage the wind turbine project.
“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.