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 Once a resolution, declaring the county an AEZ, is passed by the commissioners it remains in effect until it is rescinded by a resolution passed by the commissioners.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.
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→
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.
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
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!→
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?→
“In the USA, Eric Zou, PhD student, observed a clear increase of complaints for insomnia with help services and also suicides from the installation of wind turbines. In Belgium, Dr Leproult (ULB) measures mortality due to lack of sleep.”
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.