The wind industry is always and everywhere about subsidies. The punitive cost of those subsidies are starting to appear in retail power bills, infuriating householders and driving businesses to the wall. Panicked politicians, who enabled the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time, are reacting. Their inevitable response is to cut the subsidies that created the problem in the first place.
The politics of power are always and everywhere about power prices. As the proletariat tumbles to the fact that the wind and sun ain’t entirely free, wind and solar power outfits are on the back foot.
During a recent meeting of the Board of Huron County Commissioners, Apex Clean Energy presented a wind energy project they wish to develop in Huron County. Apex Clean Energy has asked the commissioners to consider declaring Huron County an “alternative energy zone” (AEZ). This is a type of tax abatement that applies to qualified energy projects that include wind turbines.
The Board of Huron County Commissioners will hold a special board meeting on Thursday, November 30,2O17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Huron County Administration Building, 180 Milan Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 Meeting Room A. This meeting will be to hear comments from local residents regarding the possibility of the County becoming an Alternative Energy Zone (AEZ).
18O Milan Avenue, Suite Z, Norwalk, Ohio 44857-1195
Webmaster’s note:recently the wind industry has been seeking to convince our county commissioners to render our county as an Alternative Energy Zone including granting them a PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) as incentives to build. As usual, they paint a grand picture of all the money the schools will make and how great an economic boost it would be for the county (though, if you do the research on their so called “boost” to economy claim, it will become evident that the “boost” they are referring to is quite one sided.
Making Huron County an AEZ would completely remove the county’s ability to actively negotiate or deal directly with the wind industry. The following post is from a man who has “been there, done that”. At the beginning of our fight to keep industrial wind out of rural Greenwich, we received an assurance from the then seated commissioners that they would not render Huron County as an AEZ. However, since the last election, it is not as certain that all commissioners are on board to maintain our county as a non- AEZ. We, at GNU, thought it might be prudent to feature this letter to the editor by a Van Wert county commissioner, Todd Wolfrum. Please read…
Windmills: Taxes, setbacks and referendums Citizen Wolfrum Todd D. Wolfrum Saturday, July 02, 2016 10:07 PM
Wanna start an argument? Go to almost any random group of people in Van Wert County and state your opinion about windmills. Chances are, you will quickly find someone with whom to disagree. Without question this is the most divisive issue blowing around our county, the one that puts people in ardent camps of pro and anti, our local Donald Trump.
An AEZ (alternative energy zone) is a designation that county commissioners in Ohio can make for their county. The commissioners pass a resolution to make the county an AEZ. What this does then is basically remove all control the county may have had over an alternative energy development. The state of Ohio then dictates the terms of the financial assessments that the development has to make.
There are no property taxes paid by the development but a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) is determined and agreed to by the state and developer. The local school boards that are affected by this have to agree to the terms also. The county can also claim a $1000 per Megawatt assessment for the project. Usually all the fees together come to $9000 per Megawatt for a project. Once a county has passed a resolution declaring themselves an AEZ that designation remains in effect until another resolution is passed rescinding the AEZ. Continue reading What is an AEZ (Alternate Energy Zone)?→
The following information is taken from Good Jobs First.
A PILOT is a Property tax abatement
Property tax abatements, exemptions, and reductions are subsidies that lower the cost of owning real and personal property by reducing or eliminating the taxes a company pays on it. “Real property” is land and all the things that are attached to it, such as buildings. “Personal property” is everything else — those things that are not dug into the land or nailed down — such as machinery.
When a company receives a property tax exemption, it pays no taxes at all for the length of the deal. When a company receives a property tax abatement, its taxes are abated (reduced) by a certain percentage for however long the deal lasts.
For capital-intensive companies (companies that require a large of investment of money in land, buildings, and machinery) such as manufacturers, property tax abatements can be one of the most lucrative subsidies. It is not uncommon for a tax abatement deal to last up to 30 years.
How property tax abatements work
Property tax abatements are usually granted by local (city and county) governments, where the lion’s share of property taxes are paid. Property tax abatements are often discretionary subsidies, granted on a case-by-case basis to a particular company. They are also sometimes offered as entitlement subsidies, such as in many enterprise zones.Continue reading What is a PILOT (Payments in lieu of taxes)??→
Just a “heads up” for all you wind warriors. I was recently contacted by a nice lady by the name of Carolyn. These folks are from Minnesota and, like Ohio, got caught in the cross hairs of Big Wind. They will be added to the menu on the left of the home page. I think you will find this interesting, this is what she wrote in her email:
Just surfing to find others in the USA that are fighting the fight on wind turbines:) Thank you for your wonderful site! BTW that airplane video is our local pilot in S. MN he lives a mile from me… I did share your site on our site. we are locking up wind rights as on easement on land that does not want turbines..if we get 30% the Large companies cannot get MISO approval and they move on. First ever done as MN has wind and land separate. check out our site! www.WindLocked.com Thanks! Carolyn
Who says “bad things come in threes”? This week good things came in threes. This issue of Wind News is important for all Wind Warriors. We bring you news of two court decisions that rule in favor of citizens litigating the encroachment of wind turbine effects on non-participating property. The third piece of good news came in the tax reform proposal released in Congress this week. It is certainly likely that the final tax package will change before it is adopted and whether the special breaks for wind survive is up in the air. It could potentially cripple many projects.
In a left-over Halloween scare – Wind Power Engineering published a story which implies that “retired” Senator Cliff Hite continues to advise pro-wind advocates on how to counter those noisy wind-warriors in NW Ohio. “Hite says experience shows that about 20 to 30% of people have misinformed themselves and will be anti-wind no matter what. “But a large majority support the industry. Some of those supporters are very quiet. They don’t like coming under verbal attack by people who are against it. That’s fine. I get that. They’re humble people.” Advisor Hite goes on to warn: Continue reading Wind News – News too Good to be True (but it is…)→
A Republican tax bill unveiled on Thursday included cuts to renewable energy tax credits considered critical to enabling wind projects to compete with fossil fuel plants, but tax breaks for solar power were left largely intact.
As more information is made public about the predatory practices of former Ohio Senator Cliff Hite there is talk of possible of criminal charges. We have no idea what the outcome will be but think that Cliff Hite is now safely in the rearview mirror of Northwestern Ohioans. So the question becomes NOW WHAT? Will SB 188 remain viable? Who will succeed Hite? Who will take up the crusade to destroy the northwestern quadrant of the state?
Wind News visited with various members of the legislature last week to sort things out and to reiterate our concerns. A visit with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Troy Balderson confirmed that things are still somewhat up in the air. Hearings on SB 188 have been suspended for the moment. This break provides an opportunity to further educate members of the committee on the issue of setbacks. The message is that industrial wind turbine setbacks are not a jobs issue nor are they a power generation issue. Setbacks are a ZONING issue.
By modifying setback measurement to habitable structures rather than property lines, the adverse effects of shadow flicker and noise are allowed to burden the neighboring property of the non-participating landowner. The consequence of this trespass is an uncompensated easement for nuisance. As we explained to Senator Continue reading Wind News- Now What?→