Let the games begin. As we approach the end of January, 2021, Sen. Romanchuk has introduced Senate Bill 10 to address certain provisions in HB 6 that are believed to present a risk of inflated costs for consumers. Romanchuk was quoted as saying, “”I’m trying to protect the consumer and bring balance between the consumers and the utility.” How about some balance between the community and the developer? SB 10 is characterized as a first step and will be followed by additional proposals to modify Ohio’s energy policies.
Another proposal comes from the Ohio Power Siting Board in the state’s upcoming budget. OPSB is requesting spending authority for $63.23 million (+4.9%) in Fiscal Year 2022 and $63.42 million (+0.3%) in FY 2023.The Acting Chairman, Beth Trombold justifies the request saying “The OPSB has seen a significant increase in Continue reading Wind News – Flipping for Facebook→
In case you are wondering what a Good Neighbor Agreement (Setback Waiver) looks like here is a copy of the Honey Creek version. As in all such agreements everything favors the company and the landowner never gets to decide anything, except whether to sign the agreement in the first place or not. It is possible for the agreement to last over 4 decades if the company wants it to yet the yearly payments will remain as stated with NO adjustment for inflation. Will $500 even buy a bag of groceries 40 years from now? The project could be rebuilt several times under the same agreement and might have 1000 foot turbines by then. The situation can only get worse for a landowner signing such an agreement. Think carefully..
Webmaster’s Note:This is strictly my opinion but it seems as though since industrial wind continues to become “less sellable” these unscrupulous pond scum keep attacking rural America for their fraudulent gain! Forget features & benefits.. there is no logic.. follow the money!!!
A clean energy company wants to invest $100 million to build a solar farm north of Bellevue.
The General Assembly gets back to work this week and the days are growing shorter until adjournment. The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee will meet on Tuesday and will hold the fifth hearing on SB 346 to repeal HB 6 and reinstate renewable and efficiency mandates. In an interview with the Associated Press, Rep. Bill Seitz voiced his opposition to a repeal saying “There is no representative and no senator who voted yes on House Bill 6, who lost their reelection bid,” Seitz said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But many, several, at least, who voted no, lost. So what does that tell you?” Seitz vowed to vote against any repeal bill brought to the House for a floor vote during the next four weeks of the lame duck session.”
The AP report went on to say, ”The concern for Republicans like Seitz, Cupp and committee chairman Jim Hoops is that repealing the bill outright would have unintended consequences and they need more time to understand the complex legislation.”Continue reading Wind News – Solar Eclipse of Rural Ohio→
This was a sad week for solar and wind warriors who have fought to have our voices heard at the Ohio Power Siting Board. We lost a friend and advocate when PUCO Chairman Sam Randazzo submitted his resignation to Governor DeWine so that he might not become a distraction to the important work of serving the public interest and Ohio’s energy policies. The “green lobby” sought to delegitimize Chairman Randazzo’s work, but those of us who have long sought a sympathetic ear at the Ohio Continue reading Sam Randazzo Resigns As PUCO Chair To Avoid Being A ‘Distraction’→
It was three years ago today that the Ohio Power Siting Board opened a file for Republic Wind LLC, a commercial wind turbine project for generating electricity, at the request of Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Reason 1. They cost too much. When you look at the final installed operational cost of a wind farm that will replace a standard coal fired power station, the cost is massive. When we are told that wind is now as cheap as coal, they are only
Even as businesses around the world shut down this spring, executives at EDF Renewables were hopeful they would finish installing 99 wind turbines in southern Nebraska before a year-end deadline. Then, in early April, the pandemic dealt a big blow to the company.
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has formally adopted an oral motion – that was unanimously approved – which removes a requirement that Icebreaker Windpower Inc. must completely feather wind turbines, stopping them from rotating, during nighttime hours from March 1 through Nov. 1. The board order on rehearing grants in part, and denies, in […]