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To AEZ or not to AEZ..that is the question…spoiler alert! (the answer is no!)

Kevin Ledet – GNU Chairman

by Kevin Ledet

AEZ (alternative energy zone) is it good or bad? Once a resolution, declaring the county an AEZ, is passed by the commissioners it remains in effect until it is rescinded by a resolution passed by the commissioners. All alternative energy projects, wind, solar, biomass and whatever is the next best thing, that any developer plans for the county, and are approved by the state, are then automatically given a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes). All projects that are not completed and were previously in the works, like the Greenwich wind facility, are given this PILOT.

Does becoming an AEZ do anything for the county? What it does Continue reading To AEZ or not to AEZ..that is the question…spoiler alert! (the answer is no!)

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Wind News – Back to the Future: Dolan Reintroduces Hite Setback Bill

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Wealthy Chagrin Falls, Ohio Senator Matt Dolan has introduced SB 238, a carbon copy of the Hite setback bill which measures setbacks from homes rather than property lines.  In addition, the bill repeals all previous requirements for property line setbacks for any project which received approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board under the old rules.  It appears that Sen. Dolan and a number of his colleagues drank the Kool-Aid that AWEA and lobbyist Terrence O’Donnell have been serving. 

In his press statement, Dolan says “ Local control remains a crucial aspect of this bill as well, by allowing county commissioners to approve construction on a project-by-project basis or declare the entire county an alternative energy zone, which qualifies all projects.”    Laughable!  Dolan can only be speaking of the PILOT program to grant tax abatement to a project. He asserts that vitally important local control is protected,  presumably because county commissioners can deny PILOT.  That is no guarantee whatsoever that a project will not go forward and, in fact, EverPower’s  Dagger has been quoted more than once saying failure to be granted PILOT Continue reading Wind News – Back to the Future: Dolan Reintroduces Hite Setback Bill

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Career Politician Manning, knowing she cannot run for reelection as an Ohio Senator & with an eye for other public office in her sights, stabs her rural constituency in the back on the way out! 

Webmaster’s Note: Ohio Lame duck Senator Gayle Manning has been real busy lately.  She is cosponsoring a bill  to once again reduce wind turbine setbacks. This bill is similar to (but with different ID number) the bill first introduced by the reproached Senator Hite.  My understanding this time the focus is from the adjacent property owner’s house not the property line. Oh, here we go again…the money must be terrific! Not a good move Senator Manning! It’s time for District 13 to wake up and make this politician accountable!  Below you will see a very well written letter to Senator Manning by GNU’s president Kevin Ledet.  Kevin hits the nail squarely on the head! This is just the beginning, more to come…we are just getting started. 

 

December 6, 2017

 

Avoiding Scams This Holiday Season 

Senator Manning,

I took the liberty of copying the header from your informative email about identity theft. Why are you not interested in protecting your constituents from something even more sinister, property theft? Your co-sponsoring of a bill that reduces the minimum setback to the property line of an adjacent uncompensated landowner is the same as property theft. Continue reading Career Politician Manning, knowing she cannot run for reelection as an Ohio Senator & with an eye for other public office in her sights, stabs her rural constituency in the back on the way out! 

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2017 Letter to Congress – End the Wind Tax Credits- Please Read!

 

The following letter will be sent to Congressional Leaders and those Senate and House Republicans now working to reconcile the two tax bills.

December 11, 2017

The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Orrin Hatch, Chairman
Majority Leader, United States Senate Senate Finance Committee
S-226 The Capitol 104 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Kevin Brady, Chairman
Speaker of the House of Representatives House Committee on Ways & Means
H-232 The Capitol 1102 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, Chairman Hatch and Chairman Brady:

We are writing on behalf of many, many thousands of taxpayers to thank you for putting America First when crafting the tax bills now in reconciliation. We are well aware that the largest financial institutions and Wall Street bankers, international tax-equity investors, S&P 500 corporate lobbyists and the ever-coddled wind energy industry are pressuring Congress to protect Continue reading 2017 Letter to Congress – End the Wind Tax Credits- Please Read!

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Wind Setbacks: Safety First (unless you’re a wind developer)

Wind Setbacks: Safety First (unless you’re a wind developer)

After years of debate there is still disagreement and uncertainty regarding appropriate safety setback distances. This uncertainty has benefited the wind industry. Thousands of turbines are erected that are dangerously close to where people live.

Last month, Ohio infuriated wind proponents by passing Senate bill 310, a bill that delays the state’s renewable electricity standard for two years and eliminates the requirement that half of the renewables mandate be met with in-state resources.

Within days of SB310 passing, Ohio Governor John Kasich approved a change to the safety setback distances for wind turbines. Under the new law, setbacks will now be measured at the property line of the nearest adjacent property as opposed to the wall of a nearby home. In practice, this will require minimum distances of at least 1,300 feet from property lines to each turbine base.

Wind developers and Ohio’s media cried foul over due process claiming the legislature gave no warning of the setback rule change or opportunity for testimony. They insisted the provision was ‘anti-wind’ Continue reading Wind Setbacks: Safety First (unless you’re a wind developer)

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Thinking About Welcoming Wind Turbines in your Community? Well, Think Again – An Avoidable Nightmare Awaits

Thinking About Welcoming Wind Turbines in your Community? Well, Think Again – An Avoidable Nightmare Awaits

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Communities that were gullible and naïve enough to welcome wind turbines inevitably end up regretting being played for dupes. And it’s a regret that lasts a lifetime.

Promises of money for jam; being led to believe that everyone involved is about to save the planet from imminent incineration; and being told these things are quieter than a refrigerator at 500 m, have tended to work a treat on the witless and the willing.

However, thanks to websites, like this one, wind industry lies, myths and propaganda soon get rumbled. Knowledge is power, and knowledge of the wind industry makes community members armed and dangerous, as well.

Nancy Carney from Sharpsville, Indiana is someone who has decided to tool up and take on wind power outfits at their very own game. Continue reading Thinking About Welcoming Wind Turbines in your Community? Well, Think Again – An Avoidable Nightmare Awaits

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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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Do your own research. Enlighten yourself! It’s better to know than to assume!

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Knowledge is the key for everyone involved.

Research: Shadow flicker, blinking lights, setback distances, noise related issues, low frequency and infrasound impact and decibel requirements, aesthetics, accidents, fires, wildlife impact, health issues, ice throw, wind turbine syndrome, property values, water aquifer damage, wind disturbance issues, lifeline helicopter landing limitations within a wind farm, bats and protected golden eagles and bald eagle deaths, China’s toxicity of rare earth metals, decommissioning clauses, and aerial crop dusting.

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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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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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