Rep. Reineke Secures Amendment To Strengthen Property Rights For Energy Bill
Amendment ensures local control over proposed wind projects
May 23, 2019
 
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Represented Reineke released the following statement with regards to House Bill 6.


In my sincere attempt to represent the constituents of the 88th House District, I have submitted an amendment to House Bill 6 that would allow for local electors to hold a referendum regarding the approval or rejection of any certificates issued by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for any economically significant wind farm or a large wind farm as defined by the Ohio Revised Code.


This “local” vote would give the decision-making authority for a wind farm project to the people located within the affected townships. A great frustration of mine is when those outside of the community are trying to tell us how to run our counties. This amendment supplements the current setback law by bringing the final decision regarding a wind farm project to the local township level.


Constituent emails and calls that come into my office repeatedly express local control. Amended HB6 addresses this issue. The local concerns that have been expressed to my office include:



  • These turbines could be very visual, with some of them reach almost 600 feet in height, twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. There is the very real concern given proven factual information that these projects will lead to real estate devaluation.

  • Currently, wind turbines operate at an average of 37% capacity. The energy efficiency of the turbines, and the energy generated by them, will not be enjoyed by the local residents, but sold on the grid.

  • Much of Northwest Ohio is agricultural, and subject to the disruptions caused by soil displacement, another factor which should be considered. There are concerns about the effects on nature, with turbines creating issues for migratory birds and affecting well water. Additional concerns include the health effects caused by shadow flicker and the continuous, repetitive noises generated by turbines.

  • County revenue predictions aren’t as reliable as presented in the beginning, with schools being the most significantly impacted being the first to re-evaluate an endorsement of these projects.


My intent, with the inclusion of this amendment, is to give property owners more control over what happens in their backyard. No one should be told how to manage their property by outsiders, and these township referendums will allow constituents to effectively voice their opinions on whether these types of projects are a good fit for them.


As the Representative of the 88th House District, I will continue to be mindful of this important issue, and its effects on my constituents. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, I invite you to reach out to my office at 614-466-1374 or email me at Rep88@ohiohouse.gov.

 
 
 
  
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