Sub House Bill 6 includes a provision for local control by referendum granting the voters of the affected townships the opportunity to decide the fate of a project in their townships.
AWEA’s Dayna Baird has a problem with the local referendum. She states that the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) IS local control and she refers to the OPSB hearing process as intense and thorough.
She names several counties that have supposedly denied PILOT and that denial stopped the project. Well……Ms. Baird did not know OR failed to mention this significant fact:
EverPower’s Scioto Ridge wind project was OPSB approved in 2014 to cover large areas of Hardin and Logan Counties. Hardin County had an AEZ (now rescinded) so the welcome mat was out for wind there. The local citizen push back against the EverPower project planned for Logan County was fierce. EverPower publicly stated they would not build in Logan County without the PILOT. In response to constituents’ wishes, the Logan County Commissioners voted unanimously to DENY the PILOT to EverPower’s Scioto Ridge project. ( https://www.examiner.org/news/67042-breaking-news-commissioners-reject-wind-proposal) So Logan County exercised “local control.” The residents of Logan County were safe from EverPower’s wind turbines.
Until………Innogy, a German company, purchased EverPower. And now…..without the PILOT, Logan County will host eight wind turbines. (Turbines in Logan County will primarily be south of County Road 103 with Belle Center on the west and U.S. Route 68. One turbine will be on the county line slightly north of C.R. 103.
Representative Nino Vitale’s comments are on target.
The timely SAWU video addresses local control. In Logan County, Ohio, the denial of the PILOT did not protect citizens from the Scioto Ridge wind project. In Logan County, Ohio, there was no local control. The PILOT is not local control.
A vote by citizens in affected townships IS local control.