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CLEARING UP THE FACTS

Although we know you are familiar with wind farm development, we understand that you may still have questions about Long Prairie Wind. That’s why we wanted to address some of the common questions community members have about the project. Our aim is for everyone to have a better understanding of the project we’re developing and of the benefits wind energy brings to a community. Over the past several years, you’ve seen firsthand the environmental and economic benefits that wind provides. Long Prairie promises to deliver more jobs, tax revenue, school payments, and, of course, clean, homegrown energy.

Large Corporations Are Driving America’s Renewable Energy Boom. And They’re Just Getting Started

Large Corporations Are Driving America’s Renewable Energy Boom. And They’re Just Getting Started by Julia Pyper, Senior Editor at Greentech MediaJanuary 10, 2017 Large corporations aren’t typically thought of as environmental champions. But these companies now stand to be one of the most powerful advocates for clean energy in the U.S. -- both in Washington, D.C. and in states across the country. A December report by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) found that 71 of the Fortune 100 companies currently have renewable energy or sustainability targets, up from 60 companies just two years ago. Commitments among Fortune 500 companies have held steady over the past two years at 43 percent, or 215 firms. Read the rest here.

Renewable energy in Ohio is at a crossroads

By Mark Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer at Apex Clean Energy Published on December 14, 2016 Renewable energy in Ohio is at a crossroads – and the power to decide lies solely with Governor Kasich. David Roberts at Vox outlines the history, the process, and what’s at stake. With a Kasich veto, we can get back to work moving clean energy forward in the Buckeye State, bolstering its economy and getting in line with overwhelming public support. With a signature, Kasich will walk back his support and shut clean energy down – support he voiced as recently as November 30: “We should embrace these renewables…I hope the legislature will not have a headline that Ohio went backward on the environment.” You can act: reach out to Gov. Kasich and encourage him to veto House Bill 554 http://governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx Follow Mark on LinkedIn  

Wind questions: What happens to the wind farm once it’s no longer in operation?

Q. What happens to the wind farm once it’s no longer in operation? A. After 25-30 years, the wind project will be assessed to determine if turbines should be "repowered", upgraded, or dismantled. A decommissioning agreement with the local government ensures that funds are available for dismantling and removing turbines if that is determined to be the most appropriate path to take. When turbines are removed, they are removed from the surface of the land entirely. Agricultural uses can continue unimpeded, and no remnants of turbine structures are visible. These agreements transfer if the project or the company is sold to another entity. Send your questions to info@longprairiewind.com.

Wind questions: If I sign a wind energy lease, can I build a house or other structure on my property?

Q. If I sign a wind energy lease, can I build a house or other structure on my property? A. Landowners that have signed a wind energy lease reserve the right to use their property for any purpose that doesn’t inhibit operation of the wind farm. For example, property-owners can still build a home, barn, or outbuilding on their land. We encourage individuals to contact us at their earliest convenience if they are thinking of building a structure so that together we can evaluate any potential impacts. If a structure is built after the wind farm has been constructed the landowner would need to abide by the conditions of their lease and the local zoning guidelines. Again, we want to work with property owners to ensure they get the most out of their land.  Non-signed landowners seeking to place a structure on their property should contact the County Planning and Zoning department for guidance. It is important to remember that we do not access personal property without obtaining permission. Send your questions to info@longprairiewind.com.

Radio spots coming to a station near you

We're working to get the word out about Long Prairie Wind and clean energy. Click here to listen to our first radio ad to be featured in Van Wert county.   

Letter to the editor - Landowner supports wind

Another great LTE in the Photo Star. This time the LTE from Mr. Germann.It's great to see letters like this in publications like the Photo Star and the Times Bulletin. Every voice, every letter counts. If you support wind development, please consider submitting your own letter for publication.

Letter to the editor - Harvest the Wind

Great LTE in the Photo Star from Harvest the Wind. It's great to see letters like this in publications like the Photo Star and the Times Bulletin. Every voice, every letter counts. If you support wind development, please consider submitting your own letter for publication.   

Take Action by May 26 to Support Wind Power and Your Community!

We need you to contact Utilities Committee Chairman Mike Dovilla by Thursday, May 26 to make sure your voice is heard!  The message is simple - Let Chairman Dovilla know that you are a constituent and that passing HB190 is important to you, your family, and your community. Wind farm development has been crucial to the economic prosperity of northwest Ohio and you want more! HB 190 would establish reasonable setbacks that would further enable communities to develop wind. Click here and contact the chairman today!