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As representatives from “Big Wind” companies in our area go door to door, consider the following before signing a lease on the hood of your car.
NEW RIEGEL, Ohio — We are led to believe that the fictional Madge and Gladys types could be sitting at the regionally-famous local café here, discussing Seneca County politics.
Seneca Wind, one of two commercial-scale wind farms planned southeast of the Toledo area, has been certified by the state of Ohio as a qualified energy project. ...an important step forward for a project.
“This is a significant milestone for Seneca Wind, which will bring revenue and economic activity to Seneca County and deliver clean energy throughout the region,” Gordon Gray, director of wind for sPower, stated in a release. “We are grateful to the state of Ohio for issuing this certification, and to the people of Seneca County for engaging with us throughout our process.”
The OPSB says it postponed the hearings in response to a request from Republic Wind LLC to suspend the procedural schedule until the company files an application to amend the project as it is currently proposed.
A pair of large-scale wind farms planned for rural Seneca County continue to drive a wedge into the community, as some townships have joined opponents seeking to block the developments, while the county stands formally behind the farms.
Venice Township residents Gail and Richard Miller addressed Attica Village Council during its Thursday night meeting. Mrs. Miller recited a letter of opposition to the proposed wind turbines in the vicinity but voiced her concern for another related problem not getting much attention.
If you sign a “Good Neighbor” agreement, a turbine will be located closer to your home and property line than what the current state law allows. Because your home and property will physically be closer to the turbine, you will be more directly exposed to the well-documented negative side effects of wind turbines.
The tumultuous wind farm debate, as well as Seneca County Commissioner’s role in it, remained the public’s key concern during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled commissioner’s meeting.
Bird conservation groups will be raising concerns about the impact on birds from Lake Erie's first proposed offshore wind project, “Icebreaker,” tomorrow at a public hearing before the Cleveland City Council. Black Swamp Bird Observatory and American Bird Conservancy found numerous problems with the project's environmental assessment (EA); the inadequacy of the EA's science and process will be the basis for the joint testimony to be submitted by BSBO's Don Bauman and Mark Shieldcastle.
A group that opposes wind turbine projects in Seneca and surrounding counties has alleged what they called “alarming” and “concerning” correspondence between county officials and a pro-clean energy organization.
State lawmakers are working to amend 2014 legislation they believe has caused wind energy development to stall in Ohio.
If one drives from Bellevue to Attica you will notice the numerous Anti-Wind for Seneca County signs in the front yards of homes. They do far out-number the Pro-Wind Energy signs. One will also be struck that most of the pro-wind signs are in areas without homes; just open fields. And on the evening of May 31st a trip to the Attica Fairgrounds was clearly a meeting for SAWU to address over 500 supporters.
Chris Aichholz, a Bloomville resident and Seneca-Anti Wind Union member, presented the petition which he said formally asks the commissioners to rescind the alternative energy zone the county approved in 2011. He said the AEZ acts as a “welcome mat” for wind projects by making them more economically feasible.
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.