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A valuable resource for those of you interested in writing letters to the editor has just been added. You will find this resource above under the title “Contact Local Newspapers”. The list is covering the area surrounding us here in Greenwich. As always, remember to keep on “target” with 2 or 3 “talking points”. Most all newspapers have a word limit of 250-350 words. Phone numbers are included if you should want to call to verify specifics with that particular newspaper. Also, postal addresses are included if that is the way you would like to correspond.

We have labored to be accurate as of this writing but should you find any discrepancies, hit the “comment” button above this post (just under the title) and leave us a “heads up”. If you can think of any other publications that should be included here, again, hit the “comment”
button and let us know.

Last, but not least, your many voices being heard in our community will help keep the momentum of Greenwich Neighbors United message alive and will be an opportunity for each of us to take advantage of our first amendment rights!


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Farm Bureau Members Call To Action!


The attorney and lobbyist representing Greenwich Neighbors United have requested that all Farm Bureau members (who feel that the bureau’s position does not represent their own regarding an industrial wind facility in Greenwich) to please contact the OPSB by clicking the icon to the left and let them know the Farm Bureau does not speak for you! You will be taken immediately to the “contact” form necessary to let your voice be heard. Always refer to case #13-0990-EL-BGN in your correspondence. If you are not a “bureau member” but know someone who is, please let them know about this effort as well. Together we can make a difference!


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Latest Press Releases

Please scroll down to see previous releases!

Press Release
March 18, 2015

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com

GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED TELL THEIR STORY TO THE OHIO ENERGY MANDATE STUDY COMMITTEE

Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU), a group of property owners who joined together to coordinate efforts to voice concerns about a proposed industrial-size wind park in Huron County, sent the Ohio Energy Mandate Study Committee a letter to tell their story about how this proposed wind development will ruin their peaceful and tranquil community if the turbines are erected. The case is currently pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), Case number 13-990-EL-BGN.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of GNU, thought it was important for members of this legislative committee to hear from a local community who is faced with the possibility of a wind park destroying their community. The proposed wind development will have 25 turbines, each 490.5 feet tall with rotor diameters of up to 383 feet, and covering 4,650 acres of land.

Ledet explained that GNU was formed to educate the community and public officials about the risks of wind turbines and the developers who place profits over local interests. We have done this on our own time and at our own expense. We have held numerous public meetings, bake sales, raffled off home-made pies, held a chili rally, distributed yard signs, put informational brochures in pizza boxes, and held a soup and song event all to educate the community and raise funds to make sure that our concerns are responsibly addressed before a wind farm developer is allowed to invade and exploit our community.

GNU requested that the Ohio Energy Mandate Study Committee make a recommendation that the General Assembly either repeal or indefinitely suspend any further escalation in the energy mandates compliance quantities. Attached is the letter that was sent to the Committee.
Press Release
February 4, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED HOST
COMMUNITY EVENT

Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) is hosting an event for the community to discuss the potential Greenwich Windpark development. The proposal is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board, (Case #13-99-EL-BGN). The event, “Soups, Songs, and Sam” is scheduled for February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at South-Central (K-8) School.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson for GNU, said “Some members of the community are very engaged in the issue of the possibility of wind turbines being erected in Greenwich and they want to know what they can do to stop them. There are other members of the community who are just learning about the wind turbines and are thirsty for more information. So, we decided to host a casual event, with some entertainment and an opportunity for our attorney, Sam Randazzo, to bring the community up-to-date on the case and other developments about wind energy in Ohio.”

Matt Missey, local celebrity and wood carver, will be performing that night and is donating one of his original wood sculptures to be raffled off.

The Ohio General Assembly continues to look at the issue of wind energy through the Energy Study Mandate Committee which is having its next meeting on February 5 at the Statehouse. In addition, the Ohio Power Siting Board requested comments from the public about proposed rule changes that modify the minimum distance or “setback” requirements that apply to wind farms. These issues will be discussed at the February 22nd event. All members of the community are invited.

Press Release
January 29, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
GREENWICH NEIGHBORS ATTENDSUMMIT IN MICHIGAN

Members of Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) traveled to Lansing, Michigan on January 20th to attend the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition (IICC) Energy Summit. The event was held at the Kellogg Center and was the grassroots coalition’s first summit on energy. GNU members Kevin and Marcia Ledet, along with Dennis Albert participated in the event and demonstration outside of the Kellogg Center. (Photos are attached.)

The IICC is comprised of citizens who are dedicated to raising public awareness of the potential impacts from the construction of industrial turbines. Steven Transeth, a former member of the Michigan Public Service Commission; State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Valerie Brader, Gov. Rick Snyder’s energy adviser; Tom Stacy, an independent energy analyst; and Cal Peters, a retired analyst from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality all attended the summit. The IICC’s meeting was going on simultaneously while the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was also meeting in the same facility. The AWEA is a trade association whose members include manufacturers of industrial wind turbines and related systems.

GNU member Dennis Albert, said the event was very informative and got a little interesting when members of IICC learned that a reporter was asked to leave from the AWEA meeting. A reporter from Michigan Capitol Confidential, who was originally allowed to sit in on the AWEA meeting, was asked to leave within five minutes of the meeting starting. Kevon Martis, Director of IICC, responded to the news by saying, “We welcome media of all types. We welcome any facet of the environmental movement. We’d be pleased if Michael Moore would stop in and chat with us because we’re here for a dialogue. We know the facts. We know the science and we’re here to have a chat.”

Kevin Ledet praised the summit as a great educational opportunity to learn more about the harmful impacts of wind turbines. He will report back to the community at the next public meeting scheduled for February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at South-Central (K-8) School.

 

Press Release
January 20, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com

GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED URGE THE
OHIO POWER SITING BOARD TO ADDRESS DEFECTS IN
THE OPSB’S PROPOSED RULES

Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) is a large and growing group of local property owners who have joined together to promote safety and well-being in their community. Among other things, GNU has been actively involved in regulatory proceedings that are related to proposals by wind farm developers to advance projects that will forever alter areas where people live, work and play. Recently, GNU and Union Neighbors United (UNU) filed comments that raise issues and concerns regarding the Ohio Power Siting Board’s (OPSB) proposed rules in Case No. 12-1981-GE-ORD.

In December, the OPSB invited the public to file comments on proposed changes to Ohio Administrative Code Section 4906-4-08, one of the OPSB’s rules. As a result of legislative changes that modified the minimum distance or “setback” that apply to wind farms, the proposed rules touched on the new setback requirement.

The comments which GNU and UNU filed explain that the OPSB has failed, since September 2008, to promulgate required regulations regarding such things as the location erection, construction, reconstruction, change, alteration, maintenance, removal, use, or enlargement, aesthetics, recreational land use, wildlife protection, ice throw, sound and noise levels, blade shear, shadow flicker, decommissioning, and necessary cooperation for site visits and enforcement investigations. The absence of these required regulations means that individual property owners that may be negatively affected by the ambitions of wind farm developers must take on greater responsibility, at their own expense, to navigate through the OPSB’ challenging process.

GNU’s comments also explain that the proposed rules are in conflict with Ohio law because they allow a wind farm developer to evade the minimum setback requirement if the developer secures a waiver from property owners adjacent to a noncompliant wind turbine. Ohio law states that no such waiver is valid until and unless all property owners adjacent to the wind farm property (not just a turbine) execute a waiver and the waiver has been obtained pursuant to the procedure specified by the OPSB. Senator Bill Seitz, Chair of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee, has previously filed comments with the OPSB which indicate that a waiver is not valid unless all property owners within and adjacent to the wind farm property properly execute a waiver. GNU’s comments also point out that the OPSB’s proposed rules do not identify the procedure by which a waiver must be secured.

These waiver-related defects in the proposed rules are of particular concern to GNU since 62% of the wind turbines that a wind farm developer wants to place near Greenwich, Ohio violate the minimum setback requirement and many of the adjacent property owners are opposed to the wind farm.

Comments regarding the OPSB’s proposed rules can be viewed through the OPSB’s website, http://www.opsb.ohio.gov .

To learn more about GNU, the work that it is doing to protect the rights of local property owners and the status of the OPSB’s proceeding regarding the Greenwich Wind Park, an event is scheduled on February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at South-Central (K-8) School.

Press Release
January 6, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED HOPEFUL IN 2015

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, are hopeful that changes in the state regulatory climate and uncertainty on tax credits from the federal government will stop the Greenwich Windpark from moving forward.

During 2014, the Ohio legislature passed several laws which impact wind development in this state. SB 310 which was signed into law in June, places a two-year freeze on state standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It also established a study committee which will be active in 2015 to look at additional changes to the prior mandate. HB 483 increased the minimum setback requirements between wind turbines and adjacent property owners. Prior to the enactment of HB 483, the turbine had to be 1,125 feet from an inhabited structure on neighbor’s property. The new law requires the turbine to be at least 1,125 feet from the neighboring property line.

In addition, the wind farm developers continue to face uncertainty in regard to the renewable-energy production tax credit. Prior to Congress adjourning in 2014, the tax credit was extended, but only for 2014. The wind developers have no guarantee that it will be extended for 2015 or beyond.

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) granted the application for rehearing, filed by OMEGA Crop Corporation (Case #13-990-EL-BGN) in October, after receiving an outpouring on opposition from the community and local and state officials. The case is still pending at the OPSB. Chairman Ledet is pleased with the developments around the state and at the national level, and urges all the neighbors to continue to talk to their policymakers about the concerns of the Greenwich Windpark. Ledet said, “GNU will keep the community updated on developments through education materials, upcoming meetings, and through our website, and other social media. Our fight is far from over.”

Press Release
November 21, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
OVER 850 OHIOANS SEND LETTER TO GOVERNOR KASICH ABOUT
FAILURES OF THE OHIO POWER SITING BOARD

Over 850 Ohio residents who are threatened with the prospect of industrial wind development in their communities sent a letter to Governor Kasich outlining the repeated and continuing failures of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to protect them from loss of their property rights and respect adjacent property owners ‘right to protect and enjoy their property. Signers of this letter come from Champaign, Logan, Hardin, Mercer, Crawford, Richland, Seneca, Greene, Shelby, Huron, Van Wert, Auglaize and other counties.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said that he and others in the community signed on to the letter as a way to bring these issues to the attention of the Governor and legislative leadership. The letter requests a halt to the OPSB’s consideration of any active wind power siting case until lawful rules are established that faithfully implement the laws passed by the General Assembly.

“Citizens of Ohio are coming together to join forces and educate one another about the harmful impact the industrial wind turbines have on communities, “ Ledet stated. In our letter, we have asserted that the OPSB has not adopted rules that adequately and faithfully implement the requirements established by Ohio’s General Assembly , and has acted in ways that confuse citizens interested in exercising and protecting their rights. (Attached is a copy of the letter.)

Greenwich Neighbors United is a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, a proposal pending before the OPSB, Case #13-990-EL-BGN. Many of the members of the group are also members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and have asked the Farm Bureau to revisit its practice of supporting industrial wind farm developers’ proposals that damage property values, destroy farmland, increase the risk of damage to property and injury to people, destroy recreational areas and seek to permanently alter the character of communities.

 

Press Release
November 19, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED KEEP THE CONVERSATION ALIVE AT THEIR RECENT CHILI RALLY

Greenwich Neighbors United hosted a very successful community event on Friday, November 14 at South Central K-8 School. GNU sponsored the event to help educate members of the community about the proposed wind turbine project. In addition to the chili supper, there was a raffle, auction and entertainment. The event rose over $5,800.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “We are so thankful to the many merchants who contributed merchandise and our neighbors who attended the event and bid on these items. We raffled off 48 baskets and auctioned some bigger items, including a beautiful handmade quilt.”

Ledet said, some of the highlights of the event were a bidding war over Bonnie Rhine’s blueberry pie, which finally sold for $50.00, and the auctioning off of a container of James Hale’s famous chili, leftover from the event.

“Most importantly, our community came together, had fun and helped educate one another about the wind turbine project proposed for Greenwich Township. We cannot give up our fight to stop these turbines from being erected in our peaceful and tranquil community. And, we will continue to reach out to all community members to provide information and support one another in this on-going battle.”

The pending proposal is before the Ohio Power Siting Board, case #13-990-EL-BGN.

 

Press Release
November 3, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
GREENWICH NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITE COMMUNITY TO GET TOGETHER FOR CHILI AND CONVERSATION

Greenwich Neighbors United are inviting all members of the community and the surrounding areas to get together for chili and conversation on Friday, November 14 beginning at 5:00 pm at South Central K-8 School.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “There are still a lot of unanswered questions and concerns about the proposed wind project and we want to help answer some of those questions for members of the community. We are hosting a fundraiser/community event so neighbors can get together and talk about the status of the wind turbines in a casual and fun setting. We hope everyone in the community takes part in this event, even those members who are neutral or in support of the wind turbine project.”

What: Chili and Conversation Get Together
When: Friday, November 14, 2014
Where: South Central K-8 School
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Serving Chili
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Raffle, Fun, and Fellowship
Cost: Donation
Who: All Members of the Community of Greenwich and Surrounding Areas

Press Release
October 23, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
POWER SITING BOARD APPROVES APPLICATION FOR REHEARING BY OMEGA CROP CORPORATION

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) granted the application for rehearing, filed by OMEGA Crop Corporation (Case #13-990-EL-BGN), to afford the Board additional time to consider the issues raised by OMEGA. On September 23, 2014, an application for rehearing was filed by OMEGA, which is a farming business in Greenwich, and an adjacent property owner to the proposed wind turbines. The application for rehearing stated that there are legal and other problems that are present in the case; a case where 62% of the proposed 25 turbines will violate the minimum setback requirements that apply under prior law (and more aggressively violate the minimum setback requirements that are contained in current law).

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, are pleased that the Board is finally listening to the many members in the community who have filed comments with the OPSB.
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “We are very happy that the OPSB is going to review all the issues that were raised in the application for rehearing, and hopefully, determine that the proposed wind park is not in the best interest of our community. We are thankful for all the members of our town that wrote to the OPSB about their concerns and opposition to these turbines.” Ledet, also stated that he appreciated the assistance of the local officials, including Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), who submitted letters in support of the application for rehearing.

The OPSB has an unlimited amount of time to review the case, and Ledet urges his neighbors to continue to write to the OPSB about their concerns. Ledet added the Greenwich Neighbors United will keep the community updated on any developments and continue to educate their neighbors on the harmful effects of wind turbines. “The more people know about these turbines, the less they like them,” said Ledet.

 

Press Release
October 13, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
WIND TURBINES TOO CLOSE – PICTURES SPEAK A THOUSAND WORDS

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, are informing the community that the wind turbines proposed by Greenwich Windpark are too close to places where people live, work and recreate. Attached are pictures that illustrate what Greenwich will look like if this development moves forward.

Kevin Ledet, Chairperson of Greenwich Neighbors United, said, “These pictures help show why the community and local officials are upset about the Ohio Power Siting Board’s decision to grant a certificate to Greenwich Windpark developers over the objections of hundreds of community members. That’s why we have filed an application for rehearing and urge our neighbors to file comments with the OPSB in opposition to the Windpark.” (Case #13-990-EL-BGN)

“In addition, we are also asking members of the community who are members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and Huron County Farm Bureau to let the OPSB know that they do not speak for them. Many people in the community are upset with the Farm Bureau for making comments in this case that are in opposition to their members. They should be helping us keep our farming community vibrant and beautiful, not trying to destroy it,” Ledet added.

Press Release
October 6, 2014

Contact Information:
Kevin Ledet, Chairperson
Greenwich Neighbors United
419-706-3997
kaledet1@gmail.com
www.greenwichneighborsunited.com
LOCAL OFFICIALS URGE POWER SITING BOARD TO APPROVE APPLICATION FOR REHEARING OF GREENWICH WINDPARK

Greenwich Neighbors United, a group of property owners who oppose the Greenwich Windpark, continue to gain support in the community and from local officials in their quest to seek rehearing in Case #13-990-EL-BGN, pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).

Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Representative Boose (R-Norwalk), submitted letters to the OPSB requesting that the Board approve the application for rehearing filed by OMEGA Crop Corp., which is a farming business in Greenwich , and an adjacent property owner to the proposed wind turbines.

Senator Manning stated, “If granted, a rehearing will ensure Omega and its interests as a component of Huron County’s economy will be considered fully, and in accordance with Ohio Revised Code.”

Representative Boose added, “Due to a number of concerns listed in their appeal, I am hopeful that the Power Siting Board will allow for a rehearing to ensure that these issues are addressed.”

In addition, Senator Seitz (R-Cincinnati) also filed a letter of support with the OPSB to find that OMEGA Crop Company has standing and should be granted a rehearing. His letter states, “The application indicates that there are legal and other problems that are present in the case; a case where 62% if the proposed 25 turbines will violate the minimum setback requirements that apply under prior law (and more aggressively violate the minimum setback requirements that are contained in current law).” Seitz is a non-voting member of the OPSB,

Chairman Ledet is pleased with the outpouring of support that Greenwich Neighbors United is getting in the community and from leaders around the state.

 

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Wind turbines aren’t as beneficial as proponents say

Clipboard01Monica Jensen of Windlab development attempted to liken the noise of trains to that of wind turbines. Although train horns are loud at railroad crossings and are annoying, they save lives whereas wind turbines are constant and have been documented to be detrimental and cause health issues.

Jensen also boasted of 60,000 megawatts of wind power being generated in the United States. This is very minute compared to coal power generated. She also degraded our coal-powered plants for being 40 to 60 years old. They are still some of the cleanest in the world. Jensen failed to mention that wind turbines are very expensive to erect, high-maintenance and short-lived. They are equally expensive to dismantle and will leave behind in the earth over 800 tons of rebar and 15,000 cubic yards of concrete in the footers. All of this is mostly done with our tax money. Continue reading Wind turbines aren’t as beneficial as proponents say

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Wind farms touted as ‘green’ energy source but have impact on birds

A poster instruction Iberdrola employees how to monitor for bird strikes and what to do if they see a bird that has been injured or killed by a wind turbine.
A poster instruction Iberdrola employees how to monitor for bird strikes and what to do if they see a bird that has been injured or killed by a wind turbine

 

By Dan Tilkin, KATU On Your Side Investigator Jul 1, 2013
Touted as a green solution to feed our nation’s hunger for energy, wind farms are also blamed for killing millions of birds.

Figures vary, but wind industry groups and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist estimate that between 200,000 and 440,000 birds are killed nationwide each year by wind farms. The number is expected to reach as much as one million per year by 2030.

Some environmental groups, which often cheer on renewable energy, have criticized the wind industry for not doing more to protect birds.

“We ought to demand, Continue reading Wind farms touted as ‘green’ energy source but have impact on birds

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850 signature petition sent to Gov. Kasich citing grievances with the Ohio Power Siting Board

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November 11, 2014

Governor John Kasich

State of Ohio

Riffe Center, 30th Floor

77 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215-6117

Dear Governor Kasich:

The undersigned residents of Ohio communities affected or threatened with industrial wind development wish to bring to your attention the untenable situation we face due to the failure of the Ohio Power Siting

Board (“OPSB”) to protect the public interest. We assert that the OPSB has not adopted rules that adequately and faithfully implement the requirements of siting statutes. Moreover, it has acted in ways that contribute to public confusion resulting in the loss of due process. The actions and omissions of the OPSB have abridged our fundamental constitutional right to be protected and secure in the possession of our property. We call for legal reforms to curb the errors and failures in the Board’s administration of the wind power siting program over the past six years. Continue reading 850 signature petition sent to Gov. Kasich citing grievances with the Ohio Power Siting Board

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A “Big Thank You” To All Who Helped make GNU’s Garage Sale a Success!!

 

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Marcia Ledet would like to thank all who supported the GNU garage sale held recently! As always, GNU’s continued fight against the wind industry and questionable government practices, is a combined effort of the many! Many thanks to all of you who served to make this event a very successful one indeed! Whether you generously donated goods or tirelessly  set up and “manned” the tables Continue reading A “Big Thank You” To All Who Helped make GNU’s Garage Sale a Success!!

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Wind News – Mandate Committee Calls for Indefinite Freeze – Kasich says “Unacceptable”!

Report from Wind News

The long awaited Energy Mandate Study Committee report was released today.  Essentially, the report calls for:

1.       Extending the SB 310 Freeze indefinitely.

2.       Providing an Expedited Process at the PUCO for the Review of New Utility Plans for Energy Efficiency

3.       Investigate and Ensure Maximum Credit for all of Ohio’s Energy Initiatives

4.       Switch from Energy Mandates to Energy Incentives

5.       Declare that the General Assembly Retains Statutory Authority with Respect to Energy Policy and Dispatch Protocols

Soon after the release of the Report, Governor Kasich pronounced it “Unacceptable”.   An alleged “conservative” group called the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum popped up to support the Governor’s position. Continue reading Wind News – Mandate Committee Calls for Indefinite Freeze – Kasich says “Unacceptable”!

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