Apex Under the Radar?

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Senate President Larry Obhof surprised the caucus this week by naming Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) as Chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Media reports noted “I look forward to Steve’s leadership of this committee,” said Obhof. “He has proven himself a hard-working, thoughtful, solution-oriented leader, and he understands the importance of developing a long-term energy policy that provides affordable options for Ohioans and protects our natural resources.” Wilson was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 2017 and was elected to his first term in 2018. He currently serves on the Education; Finance; Insurance and Financial Institutions; Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs; and Ways and Means committees. Sen. Wilson, a retired banker, has not previously served as a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee . He is a co-sponsor of Sen. Dolan’s stand alone bill SB 238 to roll back property line setbacks.

With a new chairman installed, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources resumes its committee work this week. It should be noted that HB 114 is not on the agenda. Sen. Matt Huffman, attending a breakfast in Urbana on Saturday, expressed his belief that there was just not enough time left in year to deal with HB 114. Senator Huffman gave a brief speech while in town in which he said that there are significant manufacturing expansions occurring or planned throughout his District. He is very concerned about these employers being able to attract employees. He said that if communities cannot supply a workforce, companies will begin to turn away from NW Ohio. This begs the question, why would anyone want to live in the middle of an industrial power plant? How inviting would it be to attract a workforce to an area that had become uninhabitable due to the proliferation of industrial wind turbines?

As Lordstown, Ohio struggles to accept the loss of the GM plant there. We should not forget it was only last May that the people of Paulding County destroyed a bit more of their environment and provided taxpayer subsidy (PILOT) to GM to “power” the Lordstown plant with wind. Guess wind and solar aren’t such great economic development/retention tools after all. Wonder how the folks in Paulding are feeling about now?

Out of curiosity, we visited the Ohio Secretary of State’s website to see if we could find more incorporations for Apex wind projects. While it is not possible to determine where these projects might be, it was instructive to see how many limited liability companies have been created – some of them within the past couple of years. Here are eleven:

Apex Ashtabula Wind

Apex Buck Springs Wind LLC

Apex Emerson Creek Wind LLC

Apex Emerson Creek West

Apex Firelands Wind LLC

Apex Grant Ridge Wind LLC

Apex High Springs Wind LLC

Apex Honey Creek Wind LLC

Apex Long Prairie Wind I

Apex Long Prairie Wind II

Apex Sugar Grove Wind LLC

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