If You’re Fighting the Wind Industry: Keep Fighting, Because Fighters Win!

November 22, 2017 by  

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.

The sense of panic and confusion that pervades among renewables Continue reading

If You’re Fighting the Wind Industry: Keep Fighting, Because Fighters Win!

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Attention Greenwich & All Huron County!!! So much is at stake, please plan to be there!

 

HURON COUNTY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

* Terry Boose * Joe Hintz * Bruce Wilde

Vickie Ziemba, Administrator / Clerk

Press Release

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

419-668-3092 * 8OO-8O8-5092 * Fax: 419-663-3370

Email: main@hccommissioners.com

www.hccommissioners.com

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LTE by Van Wert County Commissioner, Todd Wolfrum–a must read!

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

Todd Wolfrum became Van Wert County Commissioner on January 2, 2013. He is the son of Robert and Barb Wolfrum who both were teachers in the county and surrounding areas for over 30 years. He graduated from Lincolnview High School in 1989 and Bluffton College in 1993 before attending and graduating from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2002. He has operated a general practice law office in Van Wert for 13 years. During that time he also served two years as a part-time prosecutor in Paulding County. He owned and operated a pizza carry-out business in Middle Point for four years prior to becoming commissioner. For several years, he has written a weekly column for the local newspaper explaining estate planning and legal issues to the general public. He serves on the Van Wert County Hospital Board, the Community Investment Corporation, and is President of the Regional Planning Commission.
Todd Wolfrum became Van Wert County Commissioner on January 2, 2013.

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.

It seemed to be a dead issue just a few years ago when the state Continue reading LTE by Van Wert County Commissioner, Todd Wolfrum–a must read!

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What is an AEZ (Alternate Energy Zone)?

    

What is an AEZ?

November 16, 2017

by Kevin Ledet

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)?

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What is a PILOT (Payments in lieu of taxes)??

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)??

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 Take a look at a new website!

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

Source:Windlocked.com

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Wind News – News too Good to be True (but it is…)

Friends,

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…)

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Wind News- Now What?

Friends,

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?

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Iberdrola, EverPower, NextEra, Apex, WindLab…they are all talking to your Representatives…Are You?