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“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.
“The Logan County Board of County Commissioners is not convinced that over the life of the project that granting the PILOT would benefit the community. Likewise with respect to job creation, the Logan County Board of County Commissioners is not convinced that the amount of taxes abated would be exceeded by the benefit of gaining relatively few permanent employees,” the resolution reads.
The Ohio House of Representatives will consider eliminating Ohio's energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. Introduced today by Rep. Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican, House Bill 554 is a companion to Senate Bill 320, introduced two weeks ago by Cincinnati Republican Sen. Bill Seitz.
A long-stalled, controversial wind farm in Champaign County recently took a big step toward construction but a debate over the future of Ohio’s renewable energy rules could continue to slow its development.
Wind may indeed be free, but opponents of wind energy maintain that harvesting that energy is anything but. “There are problems with this that people are not aware of, and one of the biggest ones is that wind is one of the most expensive ways to reduce (carbon dioxide),” according to Kevon Martis, founder of the Michigan-based Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition.
Kasich’s team told Seitz they didn’t want the standards to be frozen indefinitely. Seitz said he would come up with a definite date, which led to the planned end-date of Dec. 31, 2019. The two sides met about six weeks ago to talk about it.
State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, said the draft legislation circulated last week tacks another three years onto a current two-year delay in phasing in state targets for use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy by Ohio power companies.
Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, has been circulating a draft of a three-year extension of the freeze and could introduce it as a bill as soon as next week, according to lawmakers and lobbyists who are closely following it. The bill would seek to implement some of the recommendations of the Energy Mandates Study Committee, a joint House-Senate panel that issued a final report in September.
The court’s majority found opponents failed to demonstrate the board’s action was unreasonable or unlawful. Justices Sharon Kennedy and Paul Pfeifer dissented.
In her dissent, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy wrote that the court disregarded evidence of a “blade throw” at a Paulding County wind farm in 2012 in which part of a 6.5-pound chunk of a failed turbine blade flew 764 feet.
Opponents of the planned Black Fork wind farm in northern Crawford and Richland counties have been fighting the project ever since the first of three developers began acquiring land rights back in 2007.
Kimberly Kaufman, Black Swamp Bird Observatory executive director, told The Blade she learned about the decision during a recent meeting with Camp Perry leadership. She said her group will once again seek legal help from a national advocacy group, the American Bird Conservancy, to block the project.
The language for proposed amendments to the Ohio Constitution dealing with renewable energy and legislative ethics was approved by state Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday.
Butler said the deal still left about 62 percent of the project intact, much to the dismay of many of the remaining homeowners still inside the footprint of the project. Butler said that Fight The Wind feels there should be no compromise and that all residents living in the project are just as important as others.
Where the wind developer can use these unleased properties for nuisance noise and safety easements free of charge, they have no reason to approach the neighboring residents to negotiate a fair price for their loss of amenity. Trespass zoning has deprived wind plant neighbors of all economic bargaining power. Trespass zoning has donated their private property to the neighboring landowner’s wind developer tenant.
In New Hampshire this week, where the governor is stumping for the Republican presidential ticket, Kasich told a town hall about the “battle” with some legislators over the clean energy standards. Some manufacturers told him they’d need to layoff workers if the standards, scheduled to increase until 2025, continued.
Neighbor group, EverPower compromise on number of turbines, distance from water.
Over the past eight months, wind developer EverPower has been meeting to hear the concerns of citizens and landowners in the Indian Lake area, where the company plans to construct its Scioto Ridge Wind Farm. As a result, EverPower has agreed to reduce the number of turbines in the project to address concerns regarding viewshed from the lake.
The group fighting a proposed wind farm in southern Huron County near Greenwich has filed an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The appeal seems to be the only route left to fight the proposed Greenwich Windpark LLC project, which seeks to set up about two dozen wind turbines, said Kevin Ledet, chairman of Greenwich Neighbors United.
The only thing Cleveland will gain from the $120 million in federal dollars paid to a foreign company to build this debacle ("Norwegian wind company to build LEEDCo off-shore turbine project," Plain Dealer, Dec. 8) will be obsolete rusting hulks, reminiscent of the Hulett ore unloaders that used to define our lakefront.