Ohio Removes Most popular Web site, Expedited Wind / Photo voltaic Developer Allow (Communities Gaining!) – Fed Up?

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By Sherri Lange – July 22, 2021

Many will rightly argue that if Ohio’s SB 52 were in place they would be currently turbine-free.

As a congressman and popular politician, Shirley Chisholm wrote: “You can’t get ahead by standing on the sidelines whimpering and whining. You get ahead by implementing ideas. ”Seneca Anti Wind Union, bravo.

Ohio’s Senate Bill 52 is a game changer. With no comment or fanfare, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a requirement effective October 9, 2021 that significantly raises the bar for new wind and solar projects.

More good news for community cohesion and real estate value. The Ohio Power Site Board (OPSB) has rejected Republic Wind’s proposal. Heavy lifting by Seneca Anti-Wind Union Officers / Members, Julie Johnson, Linda Hughes, Deb Hay, Chris Aicholz, to name a few, won the day for consumers, taxpayers and landowners.

Quote from the Toledo Blade:

Not to sound too caustic here, but government approval authorities don’t always listen to critics of large development projects. From a legal point of view, they cannot. It’s not a popularity contest.

Not quite. Industrial wind turbines and solar systems are not just another development project. The W / S bullies, whose bad economy is saved by special subsidies, have long since conquered the legal system at the expense of the rest of us. Wind and solar have created their own legal framework, “popularity” by influencing and co-opting licensing authorities, disseminating the (ill-gotten) profits by hiring impoverished farmers for about $ 8-10,000 per turbine per year, and neutralizing neighboring landowners with “good neighbor agreements.”

And basically all of this is part of Al Gore’s “central organizational principle” of adopting the consumer-oriented, affordable and reliable energy system in the name of “saving” the climate.

Thank you, Bill 52

Apart from the fact that Bill 52 provides for multi-layered consumer protection, what is proving to be exceptional?

First and foremost, the regular pattern of permits is severely disrupted. Should we say split up. Far. This draft law enables the district commissioners to designate “restricted areas” within the unincorporated parts of the district, “in which economically important wind parks, large wind parks and large solar systems may not be built”.

We could summarize Senate Bill 52:

  • further review for future projects
  • public consultation
  • Restrictions and restricted areas can be PROHIBITED
  • Plans that are subject to a referendum and require the approval of elected officials
  • Decommissioning plans required before submitting an application to OPSB
  • Adds two additional voting members to the Ohio Power Siteing Board (OPSB) to include county and township government representatives or solar and wind project officers.

A brief summary of the bill and its implications can be found here. Excerpts below.

On June 28, 2021, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute Senate Bill 52, a major revision of the Ohio power site permitting process for utility solar and wind projects. Governor Mike DeWine is expected to sign the bill in early October 2021.

Sponsored by Senators Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), SB 52 aims to raise local awareness and contribution from property owners – and get approval from local district officials.

In short, the law requires new pre-approval from the County Commission before the developer continues the state’s location process to certify utility solar and wind projects. This law has five main components:

– Grandfathers for certain wind and solar projects already under development and not subjecting them to the local approval mechanisms in SB 52

– Subject future projects to county commissioner review prior to developer submitting an application to the Ohio Power Siteing Board.

– Allows the district commissioner to set up restricted areas, subject to a referendum, in which wind and solar projects are prohibited.

– Adds two additional voting members to the Ohio Power Siteing Board (OPSB), now including county and local government representatives or solar and wind project officers.

– Asks developers to submit decommissioning plans when applying to the OPSB.

Past mistakes can be avoided

In many places, opponents are saving and in some cases spending millions to combat wind projects that they KNOW will harm people and wildlife, well water and their livelihoods. They know that these projects will leave a lifetime of misery and lack of energy.

Ontario Canada is a case in point. Community groups have never been able to refuse a wind permit, over 40 huge and expensive legal battles related to human health. Only TWO ERTs (Environmental Review Tribunals) were successfully fought, one over concerns about the Blanding’s Turtle, the other over human health concerns, but only airport security. With over 30 years of anecdotal and data-driven history of harm to human health, the apparent crimes in the verdict are egregious. It doesn’t matter what quality was named by experts. (Other denials of egregious and certain harm at these hearings were unequivocal, and critics called these decisions bizarre and incriminating, frivolous and annoying.)

Many will argue correctly that if SB 52 were present in YOUR communities they would be turbine-free right now. They could have preserved their families and the cohesion of their community, their historical land use and ultimately their health and economy.

graduation

For a wind industry that rolls over unwilling host communities or even dozes off, this new legal framework will be a significant brake. Some say it is a death knell for Ohio’s “renewable energies”.

Let the full effects arise. (We add that LEEDCo’s proposal, Fred Olsen for Offshore from Cleveland, would still not have a permit or application under these regulations as there is not even a decommissioning plan in place. Amid many omissions.)

After all, this is a yaw machine where developers routinely put the profit-taking wagon in front of the horse, which only limps with massive subsidies and tax breaks.

Ohio’s motto is, “With God all things are possible.” The state argues that this goes beyond a Christian expression and is an expression of hope, inspiration and perseverance. Works for me. On all fronts.

When you hear the decanters cry over Ohio’s lack of vision of “renewables”, you won’t hear the “whimper” for long. Outperforming, is the universal “congregational” song used by wind warriors worldwide, and his voice is getting stronger and stronger.

As a congressman and popular politician, Shirley Chisholm wrote: “You can’t get ahead by standing on the sidelines whimpering and whining. You get ahead by implementing ideas. ”Seneca Anti Wind Union, bravo.

CONTINUE READING

https://energynews.us/2021/05/24/ohio-bills-would-let-township-boards-block-wind-and-solar-power/embed/#?secret=1eSMNkT0nT

https://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/local/2021/06/30/sb-52-giving-counties-more-input-energy-projects-goes-governor/7809178002/

https://www.wtol.com/article/news/politics/state-politics/ohio-gov-mike-dewine-signs-bill-wind-solar-projects/512-643ddb27-ce1e-410d-9a52-8774b768f2a9

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2021/07/gov-dewine-signs-senate-bill-52-giving-counties-control-over-large-wind-and-solar-projects.html

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ohio-legislature-adopts-new-wind-and-2878693/

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