wind lobby is hard at it this weekend trying to drum up the opposition for SB 234 : OPSB suspends procedural schedule for proposed Republic Wind Transmission Line

SAWU Facebook Posting:
 
– The wind lobby is hard at it this weekend trying to drum up the opposition for SB 234 (Wind turbine referendum bill) by spending as much as $1,000 per day on targeted Facebook advertisements in Ohio.
They are trying anything to counter our 300+ signed, authentic letters of support for SB 234 that we submitted to the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee last week.
SB 234 (Sen. Robert McColley) & HB 401 (Rep. Bill Reineke) are identical pieces of legislation that would secure residents a vote on proposed industrial wind turbine development by affected Townships within the projects footprint. 
 
 
 
 OPSB Press Release re proposed Republic Wind Transmission Line:

 

— PRESS RELEASE —

For Immediate Release 

Ohio Power Siting Board

OPSB suspends procedural schedule for proposed Republic Wind Transmission Line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 7, 2020) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today suspended the procedural schedule in the case regarding Republic Wind, LLC’s proposal to construct an electric transmission line in Seneca County. As a result of the suspension, the local public hearing scheduled for Feb. 26, 2020 in Tiffin, Ohio and the adjudicatory hearing scheduled for March 11, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio are canceled.

The OPSB will establish a new hearing schedule at a later date.

On February 5, 2020, Republic Wind filed a motion in the case record to suspend the procedural schedule. Republic Wind stated that it intends modify the proposed transmission line route. As a result, the OPSB staff will need additional time to investigate the modified route and publish its staff report.

As currently proposed, the Republic Wind Transmission Line would consist of a 7.2-mile long 138 kilovolt electric transmission line located in Pleasant and Adams townships in Seneca County. The Republic Wind Farm, pending separately in case number 17-2295-EL-BGN, would consist of up to 47 wind turbines located in Adams, Reed, Scipio, and Thompson townships in Seneca County and York Township in Sandusky County.

Additional information regarding the proposed transmission line is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 19-1066-EL-BTX.

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The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

For additional information, contact: Matt Butler | (614) 644-7670