EverPower's request for a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for the Scioto Ridge Wind project has been approved by the Ohio Development Services Agency and is now in the hands of the Logan County Commissioners.
The commissioners have announced that a public meeting will be held on
Tuesday, May 17
The meeting has been set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Holland Theatre. Individuals for and against the proposal will be allowed to speak, but the meeting, which is not required by law, will not be conducted in the format of an official public hearing, commissioners said.
There will be no time limit on speakers’ comments, they said.
“The purpose of this public meeting will be to listen and receive input from proponents and opponents of the proposed project,” commissioners wrote in a news release. “The Commissioners will not be addressing the audience or voting on the application at this public meeting.
Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend this important meeting!
Come and share your feelings with the commissioners on the PILOT and wind turbine siting in Logan County. Their vote on acceptance or denial of the PILOT will determine whether EverPower builds 18 turbines in the townships of Rushcreek and Richland. According to EverPower chief development officer Chris Shears, the 18 492' turbines will not be built in Logan County if the LC commissioners do not approve the pilot request. (Examiner, April 20, 2016)
More information will come your way as May 17 approaches. Please--save the date.
On January 21st, 2016 the Hardin County Commissioners officially revoked the Alternative Energy Zone in Hardin County*. Awesome news right! But of course as with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is (hence the asterisks.)
While the AEZ has been rescinded, it has only been removed for new projects. Previous meetings with the commissioners and other county officials have led us to believe that the county will not revoke the AEZ for approved projects for fear of litigation from the developers.
Some of the group recently met with the commissioners to discuss the decision and it appears that they finally understand our property rights concerns, along with all the bad that comes with the AEZ.
Thank you Hardin County Commissioners!
However, this will prove to be too little too late for those living in one of three proposed and approved projects throughout Hardin County, but we certainly applaud and thank the commissioner for doing what they can. We hope that this will prevent future unbridled development across the county.
You can download a copy of the commissioner minutes from their website at the following link - http://www.co.hardin.oh.us/docs/minutes01212016.pdf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deal Not So Good For All
Belle Center, OH, 2/6/2016 - The recent news stories about Everpower and Logan-Hardin Neighbors United, Inc. (LHNU) reaching a deal that eliminates wind turbines within 2.5 miles of Indian Lake (Springfield News-Sun, 1-16-16) might make it appear that everyone is happy with the agreement reached by the two groups. However, this elimination still leaves approximately 62% of the project intact, much to the dismay of many of the remaining homeowners still inside the footprint of the project.
For the last few years, a group of concerned citizens from Logan and Hardin counties, who call themselves Fight the Wind (FTW), have been working hard to protect their families, properties, and residents in general from the Scioto Ridge Industrial Wind Complex. Fight the Wind was formed They came together in 2013 by neighbors throughout the wind project, with a goal of stopping eradicatingthe Scioto Ridge project in its entirety in order to to protect all of those impacted by it. LHNU and FTW consolidated their efforts to defeat the wind project for a period of time until it became apparent that each group had different goals that were incompatible. FTWight the Wind members are still concerned with many of the same issues that LHNU were concerned with: property values, aesthetics, not having city sites and sounds (Springfield New-Sun 1-16-16) -- this are reasons homes are chosen in the country -- in addition to other concerns such as likehealth, h and safety, tax abatement, and wildlife, to name a few.
While The problem isn't, as Mr. Eggeneschwiller of LHNU has stated, that “There are many who want them abolished all over the world. But we couldn't impact that.” (Springfield News-Sun, 1-16-16) FTW feels that there should be no compromise and that all residents living in the project are just as important as the next and that compromising in this manner The problem is that LHNU didn’t live up to their name and left many “neighbors” out in the cold; they chose to just think about themselves instead of working as a team and eliminating the project altogether, which does, in fact, impact the number of turbines popping up around the world. It is sad that this event just perpetuates the not-in-my-back-yard (NIMBY) ideology that many people use to discredit what FTW feels are the theserious issues associated with the siting and impact of industrial wind turbines too close to homes and families. The deal reached by LHNU and Everpower will still allow turbines to be seen from Indian Lake and will still impact 62% of the original project area. Additionally, FTW believes that if any turbines are allowed to be built in Logan County it will only facilitate the construction of many more across the county. With an Alternative Energy Zone that gives automatic tax breaks in place in Hardin County, the concern is that once construction starts there it will only attract more developers who hope to take advantage of the favorable tax structure.
The members and families working with FTW remain committed to stopping the Scioto Wind Project for all of those affected and remain more than concerned that the deal made between Everpower and LHNU will result in the remaining residents living in an industrial zone. For more information visit www.fightthewinfd.com or email email@example.com
You may have heard the news that Indian Lake Residents/Logan Hardin Neighbors United reached a deal with Everpower recently. While we do not know the complete details of the deal we do know what turbines have been removed from the project via filings at the OPSB - http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/DocumentRecord.aspx?DocID=46ec972c-fa96-4452-98b2-e891acf2285a
We have created a map to help you better understand how this deal will impact you.
Our group did not broker this deal. We understand that it does represent victory for some, but leaves many others out in the cold. We will remain committed to fighting the project in its entirety. It is important for everyone who continues to oppose the project to understand that we have lost a significant amount of our vocal opposition with the lake residents receiving their deal. So it is even more important now that you contact the Logan County Commissioners and tell them not to grant any PILOT for any wind projects inside Logan County!