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Don’t let the Seneca Anti-Wind Union speak for all of us. Share your thoughts at the OPSB hearing today

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When you look at how far we’ve come the last 100 years it’s pretty astonishing. For example, do you remember growing up listening to your favorite songs on this?

Maybe you don’t even know what cassette tapes are or how they were used, and instead you grew up listening on these:

This might seem like just yesterday to some, but can you believe that CDs hit the streets nearly four decades ago in the early 80s? And the iPod nearly 20 years ago. Technology continues to rapidly change and improve our daily lives. And thanks to innovation, items once reserved for the wealthy are now accessible to millions of Americans like TVs, computers, and cellphones.

Yet, some still resist new technologies like wind energy that can bring much needed revenues into our community. In fact, in 2018 the wind industry paid over $1 billion in state and local property taxes and land lease payments to private landowners, with Ohio receiving $7 million!

Increased productivity and efficiency have led more companies to invest in wind. This is a great opportunity for Ohio to exponentially grow its place in the industry, contributing to more pay outs and jobs created.

Companies like Facebook, Google, AT&T, Target, and more have already announced wind power contracts.

For an example of how one company’s commitment to wind can help transform a community, look no further than Iowa, where Google is the latest to invest in the nearby Midwest state with a $246 million wind farm.

As we think about the changing technologies and the future of Ohio’s energy needs, wind will be vital to meeting our environmental goals while ensuring the lights stay on. The time to say “yes” to wind is now, instead of wishing we had later.

Don’t let the anti-wind lobby speak for all of us on Thursday and hold Seneca and Sandusky counties back! We deserve to have the prosperous future that wind can provide for our children and grandchildren.

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will be holding hearings today, Thursday, September 12, regarding Republic Wind, LLC’s application to construct a wind farm in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and share their thoughts on the wind projects:

Sept. 12, 2019, from 3 to 8 p.m.
Tiffin University, Marion Center
235 Miami Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883

The purpose of the local public hearing is to allow interested persons, who are not parties to the case, to provide sworn testimony regarding the proposed facility.

The adjudicatory hearing will commence on Oct. 2, 2019, at 10 a.m., in hearing room 11-D, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The purpose of the adjudicatory hearing is for Republic Wind, OPSB staff, and parties to the case to present evidence regarding the facility

As proposed, the Republic Wind Farm would consist of up to 47 wind turbines located in Adams, Reed, Scipio, and Thompson townships in Seneca County and York Township in Sandusky County. The wind farm would have a total generating capacity of up to 200 megawatts.

Additional information regarding the proposed wind farm is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 17-2295-EL-BGN.

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